Legal Intern (Fall 2019)

Boston, MA
Practice Areas: NA
Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer. Ginkgo is constructing, editing, and redesigning the living world in order to answer the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more. Our bioengineers make use of an in-house automated foundry for designing and building new organisms. Today, our foundry is developing over 40 different organisms to make different products across multiple industries.

We’re looking for a talented, innovative Legal Intern with a deep knowledge of life sciences (particularly molecular biology) and an understanding of patent law. Reporting directly to our Head of IP, you will utilize your expertise to work on freedom-to-operate and other patent issues. This role will be critical to ensuring that Ginkgo’s inventions can be successfully commercialized and protected.

Please note: this is a paid internship that will take place during the Fall 2019 semester.

  • Analyze freedom-to-operate issues regarding new products
  • Review patent validity
  • Collaborate with Ginkgo’s Head of IP to refine our patent competition strategy
  • Assist in the conceptualization and negotiation of collaboration relationships
  • Support the IP aspects of alliance management

Desired Experience and Capabilities
  • Current enrollment in law school, with at least one year completed
  • Substantial academic experience with molecular biology
  • Completion of at least one law school course in patents, patent litigation, or similar subject
  • Admission to patent bar strongly preferred (but not required)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

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