Senior Patent Attorney

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States Full-time

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a fast-paced company leveraging the previously untapped biology of the gut-body network to develop a new class of therapies that could transform the treatment of many major diseases, potentially providing profound benefits to patients and society. Evelo Biosciences is pioneering the development of therapies designed to act on the gut-body network – monoclonal microbials. Monoclonal microbials use naturally evolved pharmacology to work in the gut for effects throughout the body and comprise an entirely new class of effective, convenient and safe medicines to address the unmet needs of huge numbers of patients with serious diseases. As a member of the Evelo team, you will play a vital role in creating this new modality of medicine.


If you are interested in joining an organization where your input matters, we are seeking a Senior Patent Attorney who will have a direct and significant impact on how we build, operate, and manage our intellectual property function. The Senior Patent Attorney is one of two patent attorney positions reporting into the Vice-President of Intellectual Property and will have responsibility for preparing and prosecuting applications on Evelo’s platform technology and development candidates. This is an opportunity to build a significant and exciting patent estate which will be personally and professionally rewarding.


Primary responsibilities:

  • All aspects of IP procurement and counseling
  • Procurement:
    • Prepare and prosecute patent applications to provide US and international coverage of company innovations, with little or no supervision
    • Work with and manage outside counsel for IP prosecution and counseling
    • Work closely with scientists and scientific leadership to identify new IP and/or technical/scientific issues potentially affecting IP
  • Counseling:
    • Participate in shaping the company’s IP strategy, processes, policies and procedures
    • Counsel the company on patentability, freedom to operate, non-infringement and invalidity matters consistent with the company’s IP strategy
    • Prepare for and/or conduct diligence on company and third party IP assets, including competitive intelligence assessments
    • Creating and support a culture of innovation, including by educating employees on the inventive process, documenting inventions, and trade secrets
  • Transactions:
    • Perform diligence on potentially in-licensed IP and support out-licensing diligence
    • Participate in IP transactional work, including setting and complying with agreement obligations related to IP
    • Analyze patent related agreements and support contract drafting
  • Individual projects and duties as required



  • At least 10 years of experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the US and internationally in a role at a law firm or a company, including patent portfolio management
  • Registered to practice at the USPTO
  • Admitted to practice in at least one state and eligible to practice law in Massachusetts as in-house counsel
  • Deep knowledge of and experience with patent and trade secret laws, particularly in the field of biotechnology
  • Can operate independently with scientists and business leaders to create an intellectual property portfolio aligned with the strategy of the company


Desirable skills:

  • An advanced degree or significant experience in a relevant scientific discipline, particularly microbiology, biochemistry, and/or computational genetics
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • An emotionally intelligent, confident and persuasive person with project or other leadership experience
  • Creativity during the patenting process and strong problem-solving capabilities
  • Flexibility, strong organization skills, attention to detail and ability to prioritize
  • In-house experience (or at least a desire to work in a fast-paced business environment)
  • Experience with patent licensing, litigation, opinion work and diligence
  • Works collaboratively with outside counsel, business partners and co-workers
  • Can work independently and/or as part of a team depending on the situation
  • Delivers strong business results according the business and IP strategy
  • Will adapt and grow professional skills to serve the needs of the business
  • Can travel as required


About Evelo

Evelo Biosciences is dedicated to improving the lives of patients globally through the development of a new modality of medicines – monoclonal microbials. Monoclonal microbials are orally delivered medicines that modulate systemic immunology and biology through direct interactions with human cells in the gut. These new medicines are broadly applicable across many diseases – including autoimmune, immunoinflammatory, metabolic, neurological, neuroinflammatory diseases and cancer. Monoclonal microbials have the potential to fundamentally change traditional models of drug discovery and development. By finding and selecting naturally occurring monoclonal microbials with defined therapeutic effects, Evelo can improve the speed, cost and success of drug discovery and development. Evelo’s platform enables pharmacological intervention at all stages of disease with naturally occurring, safe and effective monoclonal microbials. Evelo Biosciences was conceived and created within VentureLabs®, Flagship Pioneering’s institutional innovation foundry, and launched by Flagship in 2015. For more information, please visit

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