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Los Alamos National Laboratory Life Sciences Patent Attorney (Patent Attorney 3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Seeking a licensed patent attorney in the Life Sciences field to join the Intellectual Property Team in its mission to provide outstanding IP services and achieve dynamic institutional priorities. The patent attorney will report to the Chief IP Counsel within the Office of General Counsel (OGC) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (Lab).

The IP Team’s responsibilities include providing strategic legal advice and solutions in support of the Lab’s national security mission as well as executing its technology transfer mission to leverage the Lab’s unique capabilities and facilitate public accessibility to Lab-developed technologies. In a culture where how we work is as important as what we do, this includes proactively managing risk, focusing on best practices, and relying on continuous learning to strengthen this foundation.

The selected candidate will work closely with a variety of clients, including federal agencies such as the Department of Energy / National Nuclear Security Administration; similarly-situated national laboratories; international, national and local businesses; and all the Lab divisions and colleagues. Highly integrated and purposeful, productive collaboration is expected with the Lab’s business (technology transfer) division and technical / research divisions.

Responsibilities for this role include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide advice to the Lab’s senior management and technology transfer division on IP-related transaction provisions that is consistent with the Lab’s obligations under its Prime Contract.

  • Co-develop and advise on IP-related policies and procedures.

  • Establish and maintain excellent relationships with internal clients, DOE/NNSA, and attorney peers.

  • Manage relationships with outside counsel.

  • Manage and oversee Triad’s broad-reaching IP portfolio in all technical subject areas, including the technical areas of nuclear energy, geothermal energy, biology, computational biology, chemistry, computer science, additive manufacturing, and mechanical engineering.

  • Draft and review agreements pertaining to a complete suite of technology transfer and licensing mechanisms.

  • Conduct and participate in negotiations with outside persons, other entities and their attorneys, who may be in either an adversarial or contractual relationship with the Lab, including subcontractors, claimants, litigants, and officials and agencies of various federal, state, tribal and local government agencies in an effort to settle, accommodate, or resolve issues relating to intellectual property matters.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Intellectual Property Experience

You will need a minimum of seven years’ general experience in the following areas: patent, copyright, and trademark law; intellectual property and licensing agreements; IP dispute resolution; and project management of hot, emerging, and preventative law issues.

These specific skill sets and expertise are required:

  • Expertly support and guide a variety of clients,

  • Strategically align IP assets with client’s commercial objectives,

  • Analyze and mitigate risk across the organization,

  • Manage outside patent counsel and ensure quality deliverables,

  • Draft and review copyright and patent licenses, and

  • A minimum of five years’ experience in preparation and prosecution of patent applications.

Leadership, Management & Coordination

You will need the demonstrated ability to lead and coordinate patent preparation and prosecution functions between the business division (technology transfer office), our team, and outside counsel for multiple patent sub-portfolios.


You will need demonstrated skill in and knowledge of the concepts and processes involved in preparing for negotiations, conducting negotiations, and counseling clients regarding developments and options in a negotiation relating to intellectual property.

In-house / Government

You will need legal experience in an in-house, research, government, or university setting.


  • Member in good standing of a Bar of at least one state or the District of Columbia.

  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Education/Experience: Position requires a Juris Doctorate Degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school and be an active member of a bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and be licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Patent attorneys at this level require a 7 years of legal experience after passing the patent bar and being admitted to practice in order to be equipped with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Desired Qualifications:

Research Transactions

Experience working on R&D transactions is appreciated. Specifically, experience with contractual mechanisms to undertake joint research and intake funding is valued.

IP Licensing Experience and Certification

We highly value proficiency in patent / trademark / copyright licensing, including Open Source software. We appreciate IP licensing certification through an accredited society, e.g., Licensing Executives Society International’s Certified Licensing Professional program.

Industry Experience

Complementary practical experience in a technical field is highly appreciated. Examples include: research and development, engineering, science, academia, etc.


We appreciate knowledge of and experience with DOE/NNSA management and operating contracts and regulations applicable to DOE/NNSA national laboratories, particularly those regulations relating to intellectual property issues and technology transfer.

Government Contracts & Accounting

It would be nice if you have familiarity with statutes and regulations relating to U.S. Government contracts, including knowledge of federal acquisition and cost accounting practices.


It would also be nice if you have knowledge of applicable software applications and technologies, particularly IP management software.

Note to Applicants:

Please include comprehensive cover letter and writing samples with application materials.

Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine :

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid childbirth and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements

  • for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

  • Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. SeeDOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Employment Status

Full Time

Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Christensen, Richard Fredrick Jr
Email rchristensen@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC96071
Minimum Salary 135800
Maximum Salary 235600
Req ID: IRC96071
Category: Legal