Job Details

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Position Number: 4607865
  • Location: Aurora, CO
  • Position Type: Health and Medical Services
Patent Agent (Business Services Assistant Director) - 31202 University Staff

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: CU Innovations

Job Title: Patent Agent (Business Services Assistant Director)

Position #: 00815512 – Requisition #: 31202

Job Summary:

The Patent Agent will manage and strategically support all aspects of the patent life cycle for CU Innovation's patent portfolio, including managing patentability analyses, drafting patent claims, ensuring claims support envisioned commercial product, preparation of filing materials, review and preparing restriction requirements and office actions and responses, and tracking licensing activities for patent records.

The Patent Agent will review invention disclosure forms, prepare for, and conduct Inventor interviews as requested. They will also prepare patentability reports based on pre-filing prior art search results and International Search Reports. The Patent Agent will manage substantive communications with outside patent prosecution counsels and assist with preparing and coordinating responses, as well as review incoming office actions and provide case and response summaries to Licensing Managers.

Key Responsibilities:
  • In collaboration with the Director of Licensing, this role will strategically manage all aspects of the patent life cycle for CU Innovation's patent portfolio.
  • Manage patentability analyses, prepare reports based on prior art searches and prepare patentability materials for licensing meeting.
  • Draft patient claims and assist with drafting picture claims.
  • Review incoming/outgoing prosecution documents and provide summaries, where appropriate, to Licensing Managers.
  • Prepare for, attend and conduct Inventor interviews (pre- and post- filing).
  • Manage substantive communications with outside patent prosecution counsels; preparing and coordinating responses; Communicate and attend meetings with outside counsel.
  • Summarize International Search Reports and advise Licensing Managers on filing strategy.
  • Manage engagement letters.
  • Review incoming office actions and provide case and response summaries to Licensing Managers and respond on Licensing Manager's behalf.
  • Assist Licensing Managers in making filing decisions.

Work Location:

Hybrid – this role is eligible for a hybrid schedule of 2-3 days per week on campus and as needed for in-person meetings.

Why Join Us:

CU Innovations is working with researchers and clinicians to discover new treatment options, medical devices and innovative technologies to improve the lives and outcomes of patients. CU Innovations works directly with researchers, clinicians and external partners at the University of Colorado, and staff at UCHealth and at Children's Hospital Colorado to commercialize their innovations. It is our mission to enable commercialization through the best route for a given technology and ensure that technologies can benefit patients.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $700 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition benefits, ECO pass, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays and more. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • A bachelor's degree in the life sciences.
    • Substitution: A related master's degree can substitute for an unrelated bachelor's degree.
  • At least 2 years of experience as a Patent Agent.
  • Admitted to practice at USPTO.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • A Ph.D. in life sciences.
  • At least 3-5 years of experience as a Patent Agent.

Competencies/Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment; ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines.
  • Precise technical, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Proactive and a quick learner.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with team members.

How to Apply:

For full consideration, please submit the following document(s):
  1. A letter of interest describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position
  2. Curriculum vitae / Resume
  3. Three to five professional references, including name, address, phone number (mobile number if appropriate), and email address

Questions should be directed to: Lindley Pagels,

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, apply by October 18, 2023.

Anticipated Pay Range:

The starting salary range for this position has been established as $107,391 - $120,000.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. This position may be eligible for overtime compensation, depending on the level.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

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ADA Statement:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at​.

Background Check Statement:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Vaccination Statement:

CU Anschutz strongly encourages vaccination against the COVID-19 virus and other vaccine preventable diseases. If you work, visit, or volunteer in healthcare facilities or clinics operated by our affiliated hospital or clinical partners or by CU Anschutz, you will be required to comply with the vaccination and medical surveillance policies of the facilities or clinics where you work, visit, or volunteer, respectively. In addition, if you work in certain research areas or perform certain safety sensitive job duties, you must enroll in the occupational health medical surveillance program.
Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Job Category: Business Services

Primary Location: Aurora Department: U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - 21705 - ADM-CHAN Anschutz Tech Transfe

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 18, 2023

Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Lindley Pagels Posting Contact Email: Position Number: 00815512

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