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Director, Patent Counsel - 210164

Company: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
Location: cambridge
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Alnylam is the worlds leading RNA interference (RNAi) company.

Founded in 2002, Alnylam was built upon a bold vision of turning scientific possibility into reality by harnessing the power of RNAi for human health as an innovative new class of medicines. We are a growing biopharmaceutical company with three approved medicines and a robust pipeline of investigational medicines focused in four strategic therapeutic areas: genetic medicines, cardio-metabolic diseases, infectious diseases, and central nervous system (CNS) and ocular diseases, including several in late-stage development.

Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Alnylam employs over 1,500 people in 19 countries and is rapidly growing globally, with additional offices in Norton, Mass., Maidenhead, U.K., Zug, Switzerland, Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Tokyo, Japan. Alnylam is proud to have been recognized as one of The Boston Globes Top Places to Work six years in a row (2015-2020), a Great Place to Work in the U.K. and Switzerland two years in a row (2019-2020) and a Science Magazines Top Employer two years in a row (2019-2020). Please visit for more information.

Reporting to the Senior Patent Counsel, the Director, Patent Counsel will work in a fast-paced team environment on a broad range of intellectual property matters helping to build and maintain a strong IP portfolio protecting Alnylams drug development efforts. This person will work closely with scientists and management, will possess good business and legal sense and have a solid understanding of intellectual property laws and concepts related to the biopharmaceutical business strategies and patents.

Summary of Key Responsibilities
The Director, Patent Counsel will drive the creation of new patent applications to expand Alnylams intellectual property portfolio, including:
Performing patentability searches and prepare patentability opinions
Drafting and prosecuting patent applications directed to RNAi therapeutic agents and delivery technologies
Liaise with external legal counsel
Educate and advise employees on IP matters
Conduct freedom-to-operate searches and prepare FTO opinions in support of R&D efforts
Participate in due diligence with in-house and outside counsel to evaluate IP portfolios
Support late stage clinical programs
Provide IP support for marketed products including creating an maintaining Orange Book listings, obtaining all available patent term adjustments and providing general support for regulatory filings around the world.

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals is an EEO employer committed to an exciting, diverse, and enriching work environment.


MS in biology, chemistry or biochemistry required, PhD preferred
JD from an accredited law school
Admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Minimum of 5-7 years of in-house or law firm experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, preferable with experience in the oligonucleotide therapeutic space
Familiarity with scientific and IP databases
Familiarity with USPTO PAIR system

Job Information

  • Job ID: 56650462
  • Location:
    Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Company Name: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
  • Job Function: Other / Not Listed
  • Job Type: Full-Time
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