Director, Intellectual Property

Legal (130) · Seattle, Washington
Department Legal (130)
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor



Chinook Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing precision medicines for kidney diseases. Chinook’s product candidates are being investigated in rare, severe chronic kidney disorders with opportunities for well-defined clinical pathways. Chinook’s lead program is atrasentan, a phase 3 endothelin receptor antagonist for the treatment of IgA nephropathy and other proteinuric glomerular diseases. BION-1301, an anti-APRIL monoclonal antibody is being evaluated in a phase 1/2 trial for IgA nephropathy. In addition, Chinook is advancing CHK-336, an oral small molecule LDHA inhibitor for the treatment of primary hyperoxaluria, as well as research programs for other rare, severe chronic kidney diseases.


Chinook is building its pipeline by leveraging insights in kidney single cell RNA sequencing, human-derived organoids, and new translational models, to discover and develop therapeutics with differentiating mechanisms of action against key kidney disease pathways. Chinook trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol KDNY and has locations in Vancouver, BC, Seattle, WA and Oakland, CA.


We currently seek an experienced patent attorney to join our dynamic and collaborative team to build and lead the intellectual property function within the legal department. This is an opportunity to participate and make a positive difference in a growing, fast-paced clinical stage company focused on patients. The ideal candidate for this position will have experience in the biopharmaceutical industry and in advising business stakeholders on intellectual property issues at all levels of an organization. This position is located in Seattle, WA or Oakland, CA.

Responsibilities include:

  • Build and lead the intellectual property group through all phases of patient-focused therapeutics discovery, research, development, and commercialization.
  • Create and execute global IP strategies for Chinook’s various therapeutic assets.
  • Manage intellectual property risks within Chinook’s programs and pipeline.
  • Assist with developing IP policies and processes within Chinook.
  • Partner with the R&D team in identifying new inventions and provide IP counseling to internal projects.
  • Educate clients on intellectual property issues and build strong client relationships that leverage opportunities to identify, create, and protect valuable intellectual property.
  • Counsel Chinook’s R&D team on intellectual property and confidentiality issues and participate in research planning to generate supporting data for patent filings.
  • Oversee and manage external relationships with outside patent counsel.
  • Assist, review and oversee patent drafting and prosecution by outside patent counsel.
  • Review and oversee IP assessments by outside counsel such as patentability and freedom to operate assessments.
  • Monitor and analyze competitor disclosures and intellectual property landscape and counsel senior leadership on IP strategy.
  • Support the Contracts and Business Development teams with respect to the IP aspects of various agreements and projects.
  • Maintain prosecution docket in collaboration with outside counsel and develop and implement strategies for US and foreign patent portfolios to strengthen and extend Chinook’s intellectual property position.
  • Support contested proceedings (e.g., interference, reexamination, post-examination and opposition proceedings) as needed.
  • Maintain knowledge of new laws, regulations, and industry trends affecting the organization and provide appropriate counseling and support.

Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • Patent Attorney admitted to practice before US Patent and Trademark Office with pharma/biotechnology company experience required and preferably prior law firm experience.
  • Minimum 7+ years of hands-on experience drafting and prosecuting biotech/pharma patent applications.
  • Strong technical background in the life sciences, preferably with a Ph.D. in chemistry or biochemistry.
  • Experience related to small molecule and/or biologic pharmaceuticals is preferred.
  • Experience with IP management and IP renewal platforms.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of domestic and international laws, regulations and processes relating to patents.
  • Proven record of counseling internal groups in research and development and clinical research programs.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with ability to communicate IP concepts and strategies to all levels of management and staff.
  • Ability to work individually, within a multi-disciplinary team, and with external partners and vendors.
  • Ability to prioritize and keen attention to detail.

Chinook is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we prohibit discrimination or harassment of any kind.  We are committed to fostering an environment where ALL people are welcome and supported.  We respect and value different experiences and viewpoints.  We act respectfully toward one another and embrace diversity of people and ideas. Having a diverse workforce made up of team members who bring a wide variety of skills, abilities, experiences, and perspectives is essential to our success. Creativity and innovation flourish in an environment of openness, inclusion, and mutual respect.

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  • Location
    Seattle, Washington
  • Department
    Legal (130)
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor