Client: AstraZeneca
REF: 21360

AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical business, active in over 100 countries, and with innovative medicines used by millions of patients worldwide. Its mission is “to make a meaningful difference to patient health through great medicines that bring benefit for patients and add value for stakeholders and society”. Each year, AstraZeneca invests over US$4 billion into global research and development. The company’s main focus areas include some of the world’s most serious illnesses: Oncology; Cardiovascular, Renal & Metabolic Disease; and Respiratory, Inflammation & Autoimmunity.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Taking on a role that bridges science and legal practice, the incoming patent attorney will join the company’s BioVenture Hub in Gothenburg to become a global business IP advisor. This will entail managing patent portfolios for assigned projects and products and keeping up to date with emerging legal and pharma developments to help set and implement the global IP strategy in your area in collaboration with the Senior Patent Director.

The role will encompass inter alia:

  • Independently leading all aspects of build, maintenance and defence of specific patent portfolios
  • Actively counselling members of Research & Development organisations to identify new inventions as well as devise and implement strategies for patent protection over the extended drug development life cycle
  • Building and implementing global strategic approaches toward building patent portfolios and contributing to increased business value
  • Preparing and prosecuting patent applications worldwide including effectively managing outside counsel as needed
  • Leading all aspects of large intellectual property estates in AstraZeneca`s core and opportunistic therapeutic areas
  • Evaluating and monitoring patent portfolios of third parties
  • Developing and communicating IP guidance to partners across the business, including within R&D, Business Development, commercial and legal
  • Reviewing and analyzing license agreements and other contracts
  • Providing IP and technical analysis in support of patent litigation.

THE CANDIDATE

The successful candidate should fulfil the following criteria:

Essential

  • Be a fully qualified UK or European Patent Attorney, with previous experience of handling pharmaceutical patent portfolios
  • Possess an excellent educational background to degree level, or preferably beyond in chemistry or biochemistry
  • Strong core patent prosecution skills and ability to independently lead patent dockets and portfolios in multiple markets and jurisdictions

Desirable

  • Education to Ph.D. level or equivalent, and/or several years of laboratory experience in the relevant scientific area, chemistry preferred
  • At least three years of relevant experience in life science patent prosecution with global portfolios
  • Experience in the biotech and/or pharmaceutical industry
  • Combined in-house and law firm experience preferred
  • Experience in leading external service providers
  • First-hand experience of IP-related litigation
  • High level of integrity and motivation, ability to work independently
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks and projects with constantly evolving priorities
  • Ability to be an enterprise leader for the organisation

If you would like to explore this opportunity further, please contact

Milli Bouri

Partner

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