Client: UCB
REF: 20990

UCB is a leading global bio-pharmaceutical company dedicated to the research, development and commercialization of innovative pharmaceutical and biotechnology products across the fields of Immunology and Neurology. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, UCB employs over 7600 individuals across approximately 40 countries.  Since its creation in 1928, UCB has been characterized by its entrepreneurial spirit, strong determination and resilience, long term views and its ethos to improve humanity through science and innovation.

Inspired by patients and driven by science, UCB’s core value is patient centricity and the constant focus on creating value for patients. One of UCB’s key R&D strength is its combined leadership in antibody research and long-established expertise in chemistry to better understand and address the complex biological pathways and patient needs in severe diseases. UCB is at the forefront of the battle against Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, bone loss disorders, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and restless legs syndrome. The company has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients around the world who suffer from such diseases.

The Opportunity

In an ever more competitive market, UCB comprehends the requirement for a pragmatic, patient driven and commercially conscious IP strategy.  By utilizing the expertise of its respected IP professionals, it continuously seeks to create intellectual property that will bring sustainable value to patients.  The company therefore offers its patent professionals the chance to become involved in a wide range of matters.

Working as part of a renowned IP function, the role of Corporate Patent Counsel represents an exceptional, demanding and challenging opportunity for an accomplished patent attorney, who has the drive and expertise required to contribute to the organization’s continued success. The Corporate Patent Counsel will ideally be based in the company’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, or alternatively the key R&D site in Slough, UK.

The Candidate

The successful candidate is likely to fulfil the following profile:

  • Full qualification as a European or US qualified Patent Attorney (Partly Qualified Patent/Final Standard attorneys will also be considered);
  • A minimum MSc level in Life Science (Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering or similar), PhD preferred;
  • Possess an excellent educational background in Biology, Molecular Biology, Biotech, or other similar life science technical disciplines, ideally coupled with practical patent knowledge of antibodies and/or gene therapy;
  • Possess at least three years of relevant IP experience, ideally working within an in-house IP department of a pharmaceutical/biotech company, or a reputable private practice;
  • Some experience in IT / data management / bioinformatics would be ideal;
  • Be accustomed to project-management within a multi-disciplinary team environment;
  • Have the ability to build effective relationships with R&D scientists, legal and business teams;
  • Fluency in English as the working language of the company.

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

Rene Chung


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