Dear WIPLA members and friends,

The Board of Directors wish you and your families well during this unusual and scary time. As you know, the Bay Area and now all of California has been officially ordered to shelter in place. Accordingly, WIPLA will suspend all in person events until we are in the clear.

We encourage you to please take advantage of the connections you have made through WIPLA and elsewhere as social distancing and isolation begin to wear on us all. Reach out to someone you may have met at an event. Catch up with old colleagues. WIPLA is a wonderful community and we are all experiencing similar professional situations. Please consider your fellow WIPLA members as a resource and don’t be afraid to reach out!

Stay safe, healthy and happy.

Jen, Cindy, Keyna, Julie, Katie, Gina, Krista, Roberta

Job Board

Major Lindsey & Africa has been exclusively retained by Kite Pharma, a subsidiary of Gilead, to search for strong IP talent for its growing legal team.  There are two roles to be filled, both having very similar job requirements, but one is for a more experienced attorney (12+ years)  while the other a more junior attorney (7+ years).  For both roles, the basic skills are prep/pros and opinion analysis and writing (FTO).  A PhD in the life sciences is strongly preferred!  

Kite is based in Santa Monica, and relocation assistance will be provided (once safe to travel, of course).  However, Bay Area candidates may be permitted to work out of Gilead HQ in Foster City if they are able to fly to Santa Monica roughly one week per month.

Interested candidates, please submit your resume to the recruiter managing this search, Carol Simon at

WIPLA would like to thank its sponsors for their continued support of women in the field of intellectual property law:



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