Senior Counsel Intellectual Property

Intellia Therapeutics

Intellia Therapeutics

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Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Why Join Intellia?

Our mission is to develop curative genome editing treatments that can positively transform the lives of people living with severe and life-threatening diseases.

Beyond our science, we live our four core values: One, Explore, Disrupt, Deliver and feel strongly that you can achieve more at Intellia. We have a single-minded determination to excel and succeed together. We believe in the power of curiosity and pushing boundaries. We welcome challenging thoughts and imagination to develop innovative solutions. And we know that patients are counting on us to make the promise a reality, so we must maintain high standards and get it done.

We want all of our people to go beyond what is possible. We aren’t constrained by typical end rails, and we aren’t out to just “treat” people. We’re all in this for something more. We’re driven to cure and motivated for change. Just imagine the possibilities of what we can do together.

How you will Achieve More with Intellia:

Intellia seeks an experienced biotechnology or chemistry patent attorney to join our legal group in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The attorney will develop and execute a global intellectual property strategy in support of Intellia’s gene editing technology and pipeline programs. We are looking for someone who can work independently to develop and implement solutions, appropriately analyze and manage risks, multitask, and is effective at communicating at all levels of the organization. Most importantly, we seek a team member who thrives in a highly collaborative environment and wants to be fully integrated into every aspect of the company from research to business execution.


  • Help lead the development of a worldwide IP portfolio covering new IP directed to therapeutic applications of CRISPR-Cas9 genome engineering and delivery technologies.
  • Identify patentable inventions through regular interactions with internal R&D project teams, and work with outside counsel to draft, file, and prosecute patent applications worldwide.
  • Provide legal advice to internal science, business, and legal teams on a variety of IP related matters.
  • Conduct due diligence assessments and counsel based on those assessments, including freedom-to-operate (FTO), infringement and validity analyses, and risk evaluation and mitigation.
  • Work on transactions and legal matters supporting Intellia’s research and business goals, such as licensing, collaborations, and other contracts (e.g., consulting, research, service, vendors, manufacturing).
  • Analyze trademark and copyright issues.
  • Assist with challenging and defending patents in PTAB, opposition proceedings, and other forums.
  • Interface with key stakeholders, including collaborators, government agencies, consultants, and other third parties.
  • Work on other assigned legal matters relevant to the Company.

About You:

  • J.D. degree or LL.M. degree from an accredited law school, admission to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction, and at least four years' experience as a patent agent or patent attorney registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Significant prior legal experience in the pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology fields, with an emphasis on preparation, prosecution, and IP analysis a must.
  • Strong preference for advanced scientific degree (Ph.D. or Master’s) in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, immunology, genetics, structural biology, or related field.
  • The successful candidate will be capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment, and will possess excellent analytic, legal drafting, and oral and written communication skills.
  • Six or more years of experience practicing patent or intellectual property law.
  • Experience in all aspects of U.S. and foreign intellectual property law relating to biotechnology, pharmaceutical, or life sciences at a law firm or a biotechnology/pharmaceutical corporation.
  • In addition to the basic qualifications listed above, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated leadership, management, and interpersonal skills, and creativity in applying analytical frameworks and solutions to issues.
  • Strong client service focus and ability to work independently and in teams, as well as excellent organizational skills, flexibility, and ability to prioritize workflows.

Meet your future team:

The IP Team is a hard working, highly collaborative team staffed by individuals who value and support each other. We value collaboration, excellence, integrity, and trust. The team functions on a hybrid remote/on-site model that allows for flexibility while fostering a strong sense of community within the team and with stakeholders. Since our team is based in Cambridge, MA, we hope that you are in the Cambridge area.

There is no road map for what we are doing as leaders in the systemic delivery of in vivo CRISPR-Cas9 therapies, while offering a full spectrum approach to create CRISPR-Cas9 therapy via our ex vivo pipeline. We thrive on charting new territory, exploring new ways to drive our programs and the business forward. We are cultivating the culture of ONE, EXPLORE, DISRUPT, and DELIVER that has made, and continues to make, Intellia such an incredible place to work.

Covid-19 Vaccination Policy: All Intellia employees, regardless of work location, are expected to follow all applicable federal, state, and local public health regulations and guidelines, and are strongly encouraged to follow all public health recommendations, including being vaccinated for COVID-19.

EEOC Statement: Intellia believes in a diverse environment, and is committed to equal employment opportunity for all its employees and qualified applicants. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. Intellia will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

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