Director/Sr. Director, IP Attorney

Full Time

Indianapolis, IN or San Francisco, CA

About our company

Assembly Biosciences (Nasdaq: ASMB) is a biotechnology company advancing two innovative platform programs: (i) HBV-cure program, which is advancing a new class of oral therapeutics for the treatment of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and (ii) microbiome program, which is a novel class of oral biological therapeutics, which are designed to restore health to a dysbiotic microbiome.

The Company's HBV-cure program is aimed at increasing the current low cure rates for patients with HBV and is pursuing several drug candidates that inhibit multiple viral targets throughout the HBV lifecycle for possible use alone or in combination therapy. Assembly has discovered several novel core protein Allosteric Modulators (CpAMs), which are small molecules that directly target and allosterically modulate a number of HBV core protein functions.

The Company's microbiome program consists of a fully integrated platform that includes a robust strain identification and selection process, methods for strain isolation and growth under current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) conditions, and a patent-pending delivery system, GEMICEL®, which allows for targeted oral delivery of live biologic and conventional therapies to the lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The lead program from this platform, ABI-M101, is in development for the treatment of C. difficile- infections (CDI). Using its microbiome platform, the Company is developing additional product candidates for multiple indications including other gastrointestinal indications, metabolic disorders, immunotherapy, and autoimmune diseases.

Job Description

A seasoned pharmaceutical / biotechnology patent attorney to work closely with R&D and management to build and protect their intellectual property portfolio. The ideal candidate will have 5-7 plus years of both law firm and in-house experience with an advanced degree in the area of biological science.

Some responsibilities Include: Overseeing legal matters pertaining to intellectual property and management, supervise and manage outside counsel, conduct freedom-to-operate analyses, nondisclosure agreements, support business development and management on licensing opportunities, IP-related transactional work, etc.

Candidate must be able to work in a team environment. Good organizational skills and ability to pay attention to detail is key.

Candidate must maintain expertise knowledge of biotechnology trends and informatics landscape in our industry.

Experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications for biologic formulations is highly desired, however, experience drafting and prosecuting small molecule patent applications is also valuable.

Responsibilities will include working with outside counsel to draft, file, and prosecute patent applications.

Attorney will also assist in managing the patent portfolio of one of our strategic business units (SBU), counseling the SBU R&D Team on freedom-to-operate issues, including foreign opposition proceedings. Experience conducting invalidity and freedom-to-practice searches is desired. Familiarity with prior art searching, including various chemical search engines, e.g., STN®/SciFinder®, AnaVist, Aureka and more general full-text databases, e.g., LexisNexis® TotalPatentTM etc., is a plus.


We are looking for applicants who have an established track record of high achievement, self-motivation, professionalism, reliability and excellent organizational skills.

  • Degrees in B.S., M.S., or Ph.D., in biological sciences and a J.D. from accredited US law school.
  • Related experience, preferably in the biotech industry.
  • Licensed to practice in at least one state
  • Member in good standing of the U.S. Patent Bar
  • 5 to 10 years of experience as a patent attorney, particularly in patent drafting and prosecution, and freedom-to-practice/invalidity opinion work.
  • Ability in managing vendor relationships, and directing contract resources. Strong attention to detail. Ability to remotely resolve technical issues.
  • Excellent people, analytical, and written/verbal communication skills. Strong motivation, independence, and ability to work in a high-paced multidisciplinary environment with minimal supervision.

Position Type



This position may be based in either our Indianapolis or San Francisco office. There will be some travel associated with this position.

AAP/EEO Statement

Assembly Biosciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. We encourage applicants of all ages.


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