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Patent Associate - Trainee

  • Legal
  • Full-time
  • Hyderabad, IN

Posted on January 2, 2024

PopVax is an Indian biotechnology company based in Hyderabad, with a primarily remote US subsidiary nominally based in New York. We are funded via research agreements with the Gates Foundation and Vitalik Buterin’s biosecurity company Balvi. For the past year, we have been building a novel second-generation mRNA platform for low-cost broadly-protective vaccines via computationally-driven antigen design, starting with an open-source booster vaccine candidate that is intended to protect against the entire sarbecovirus species and, if things go well, the betacoronavirus genus, including current and future strains of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19.

We’re looking for a Patent Associate - Trainee to join our Legal & IP team, reporting to the Vice President - Legal & IP.


  • Conducting patentability, freedom-to-operate, validity, & state of the art searches on free and paid databases and preparing search reports.

  • Identifying and preparing literature review, technological trends, and competitive intelligence reports.

  • Proactively identifying and researching potential FTO issues.

  • Providing IP support to PopVax teams across R&D, Manufacturing, Clinical, and Regulatory.


  • Master’s degree or higher in organic chemistry, biochemistry, or a related subject.

  • Fresh graduate OR up to 1 year of experience in regulatory, IP, or scientific R&D work.

No knowledge of patent or IP law is necessary. We’re looking for fresh candidates with the right technical background who we can train and guide through the nuances of international patent law and intellectual property work in general. All you need is a willingness to learn, a drive to proactively expand your knowledge of the field, and the willingness to work in a dynamic, highly demanding environment. If you love intellectual challenges and research, we can provide those in plenty.

If you believe you’re the right fit for the job, please fill in this application form (including an upload of your resume) and we’ll be in touch.