Sr Patent Agent

Rochester, NY


The Sr Patent Agent will play a critical role in enabling therapeutic projects at multiple stages of the research and translational pipeline, helping to advance new treatments for neuro-degenerative diseases. They will also play a leader role in establishing and facilitating collaborative and innovative research partnerships between the University and outside businesses that have licensed University IP and have ongoing sponsored research at the University in the area of neuroscience-related cell- based therapeutics.


  • Acts as liaison with UR Ventures and outside patent counsel to ensure proper patent protection of cellular therapeutics. Includes monitoring new research, reporting new invention disclosures, and managing communications with both UR Ventures and outside counsel including patent prosecution and responses to US PTO.

  • Reviews of research findings, manuscripts and grant applications to identify potential patentable intellectual property. Monitors funded projects, and documenting effort and funding of research deliverables.

  • Contributes to contract and sponsored research fulfillment by monitoring progress of project activities. Develops project plans with activities, timeframes, resource requirements, milestones and deliverables for projects.

Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a life science or chemistry required.

  • Ph.D. or J.D. preferred

  • 5 years relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

  • Specialized experience related to drug/therapeutics commercialization preferred.

  • Some expertise in and understanding of US and foreign patent laws and processes required.

  • Good writing skills, both narrative and technical required.

  • Solid background in cell and molecular biology, immunology or neurobiology required.

  • Understanding of the US and foreign therapeutics’ approval processes preferred.

  • Experience or understanding the process of translating basic research discoveries into clinical programs, leading to commercialized products preferred.

  • Must be admitted to, or have the ability to become admitted to, practice before the USPTO as a registered U.S. Patent Agent required.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $107,224 - $160,846 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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