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MD Anderson Cancer Center Legal Officer, Intellectual Property Transactional in Houston, Texas


The Legal Officer, Intellectual Property Transactional will negotiate research-related agreements and provide legal counsel, assistance, analysis, and guidance with respect to intellectual property-related legal matters and business transactions involving or affecting MD Anderson, with a particular emphasis on legal issues and agreements involving publicly and privately supported research, and related transactions and legal issues .

The Legal Officer will also provide assistance, analysis and legal counsel in connection with research-related transactions that include a heavy component of intellectual property such as patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. The Legal Officer:

  • Drafts and reviews standard and nonstandard research related contracts (such as strategic alliance agreements, clinical study agreements, preclinical study agreements, collaboration agreements, consortium agreements, material transfer agreements, and federal and foundation grant agreements and subcontracts), and assures that contractual language complies with applicable state and federal laws, UT System (Regents') rules, and Institutional standards and that the contracts are executed in accordance with UT System and Institutional requirements and procedures.

  • Provides legal counsel and support to the Strategic Industry Ventures Department and/or Research Agreements group of the Intellectual Property Section of the Legal Services Department who are handling research-related contracts, and works closely with other attorneys in the Legal Services Department with respect to research-related contracting matters.

  • Performs all functions of a legal professional employed as in-house intellectual property counsel, including communications with clients, preparation of legal opinions, memoranda, documents, reports, and drafting, analysis, and negotiation of agreements as appropriate.

  • Drafts and negotiates various intellectual property-related agreements, as requested, to support MD Anderson's initiatives and activities, with a strong understanding of applicable state and federal health care laws, rules and regulations.


  • Four years as an attorney in a law firm, hospital/health system, academic medical center, and/or corporate business legal department

  • Significant transactional experience

  • Intellectual property law background

  • Juris Doctor (JD)

  • Must be currently licensed by the State Bar of Texas or another state with acquisition of Texas license within one year of date of employment.

  • Preferred Experience: Substantive experience in negotiating and drafting research-related agreements, such as material transfer agreements, preclinical agreements, clinical trial agreements, government and foundation grant agreements and/or other sponsored research agreements.


Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 140214

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Days

  • Fund Type: Hard

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 0

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 0

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 0

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