Associate Counsel, Intellectual Property Policy

Position Title: Associate Counsel, Intellectual Property Policy
Department:  Legal and Intellectual Property
Reports to:  Deputy General Counsel for IP

Primary Purpose of the Position:

The Associate Counsel, IP Policy, will conduct legal research and analysis on a wide range of intellectual property and technology transfer matters, and will participate in the development and implementation of BIO’s advocacy at the state, federal and international levels. 


  • Conduct legal research and analysis of judicial or agency decisions, and proposed legislation or regulations, including the preparation and review of public comments, testimony, presentations, press releases, amicus briefs, and other official statements, and advise BIO management thereon;
  • Coordinate the operations of, and provide substantive support for and counsel to, the Board Standing Committee on IP, the Intellectual Property Counsels Committee and its various subcommittees, and the BIO IP amicus committee;
  • Manage communications with IP professionals at BIO’s member companies;
  • Advise BIO’s policy and advocacy departments on IP matters, and assume primary responsibility for policy development in selected areas;
  • Develop IP-related educational content for BIO-organized meetings and publications;
  • Represent BIO’s IP interests in advocacy meetings and at public events; and
  • Be responsible for strategy, coordination, and implementation of BIO’s Technology Transfer Work Plan priorities, in coordination with other BIO departments, and serve as lead staff for the BIO Technology Transfer Committee.


  • A law degree, admission to a state bar, and admission to the patent bar are required. A life sciences degree in a relevant field is expected, a graduate degree is preferred. 
  • Should have 5 or more years or work experience, with 2 or more years of legal experience as a patent lawyer in a law firm, corporate, or government practice preferred.
  • Experience with technology transfer and IP licensing, and a solid basic understanding of the drug, biologic, and agricultural regulatory processes will be a plus. Experience in the biotechnology industry highly valuable. 
  • Must have proven analytical skills, an ability to present complex information in succinct and accessible form, and an aptitude for credible advocacy.
  • Maturity and appropriate level of discretion in managing relationships with member company executives, government officials, and senior staff from various BIO departments is indispensable.
  • Must display highest degree of professionalism in representing BIO and its members. 
  • Must be personable, a strong communicator, and able to develop and maintain constructive relationships with relevant Congressional committees and offices, foreign and domestic government agencies and officials, biotechnology industry representatives, and other individuals and organizations necessary to accomplish BIO’s advocacy goals.