Manager/Senior Manager, Intellectual Property

June 14 2021
Industries Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology
Categories IP, Patents, Trademarks, Legal, Legal, Paralegal
Vancouver, BC


Why Work for Us?

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We come from many countries, cultures, races, ethnicities, abilities and nationalities. We bring our passions including singing, biking, swimming, dancing, cooking, volunteering, parenting, coaching and much more! We are proud of our nearly equal balance of men and women and strengthened by our non-binary and transgender team members. Every employee belongs.

We offer challenging career opportunities, competitive benefits and an environment that recognizes and rewards performance.

Company Description

Zymeworks is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of next-generation bispecific and multifunctional biotherapeutics, initially focused on the treatment of cancer. Zymeworks’ suite of complementary therapeutic platforms and its fully-integrated drug development engine provide the flexibility and compatibility to precisely engineer and develop highly-differentiated product candidates.

We are currently seeking a highly motivated professional to join our Intellectual Property (IP) team as a Manager or Senior Manager, Intellectual Property depending on qualifications and experience. This position will be based in either Seattle, WA or Vancouver, BC and will report to our Director, Intellectual Property who is located in our headquarters in Vancouver, BC.

Job Description and Responsibilities

  • Takes an active role in managing the company’s global patent portfolio.
  • Drafts and prosecutes PCT, US and foreign patent applications, working with outside counsel as appropriate.
  • Meets with scientists and R&D project teams on a frequent basis to identify and protect patentable inventions and trade secrets.
  • Provides guidance and oversight to inventors for drafting invention disclosures and developing experimental protocols to support patents.
  • Advises assigned R&D project teams, business development teams and management on a wide range of IP matters, including analysis of patent landscape and third-party patent portfolios.
  • Manages existing patent portfolio requirements and monitors deadlines for assigned cases.
  • Performs patentability and freedom to operate searches.
  • Monitors and analyzes competitive intellectual property and communicates findings to R&D project teams and management.
  • Participates in training, education and development of IP group members and stakeholders.
  • Develops, implements and ensures compliance with policies and procedures relating to IP protection requirements and ensures IP processes are consistent with best practices.
  • Actively works to foster an environment of effective and collaborative working relationships amongst employees, management and external partners.


  • Requires an advanced degree in Molecular Biology, Structural Biology, Immunology, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry or related discipline, working knowledge of small molecule therapeutics and a minimum of 3 years in a law firm and/or in-house IP department with a focus on drafting and prosecuting PCT, US and foreign patent applications, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Working knowledge of protein-based therapeutics an asset.  PhD and post-doctoral experience preferred. 
  • Patent Agent licensed/admitted to practice before the USPTO and/or CIPO.
  • Working knowledge of US and international laws, regulations, and procedures relating to pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology IP.
  • Experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications on small molecule and/or protein-based therapeutics.
  • Experience running prior-art and freedom to operate searches.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, the ability to explain complex IP issues to stakeholders from various professions and the ability to present findings with confidence to senior management.
  • Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively as a member of cross-functional team.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. 
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work effectively in a high paced, fast changing environment.
  • Results-oriented.
  • Excellent attention to detail.  
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities. 
  • Demonstrated high level of integrity and ethics.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Adhere to the highest degree of professional standards and strict confidentiality on matters that require discretion.

NOTE TO EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES: Zymeworks values our relationships with our Recruitment Partners. We will only accept resumes from those partners whom have been contracted by a member of our Human Resources team to collaborate with us. Zymeworks is not responsible for any fees related to resumes that are unsolicited or are received without contract.


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