uniQure is delivering on the promise of gene therapy – single treatments with potentially curative results. Established in 1998 and a pioneer in its field, the company is leveraging its modular and validated technology platform to rapidly advance a pipeline of proprietary gene therapies to treat patients with severe genetic diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) and liver, including clinical programs in hemophilia B and Huntington’s disease and preclinical candidates in Fabry disease, spinocerebellar ataxia Type 3, temporal lobe epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS.
The company’s pipeline of adeno-associated virus (AAV)-based gene therapies have been developed using an innovative technology platform, supported by industry-leading proprietary commercial-grade manufacturing capabilities.
The Intellectual Property department at uniQure is a small, close-knit team and manages all aspects of global IP matters. Reporting to the Senior Director of Intellectual Property, the Intellectual Property Manager will be responsible for maintenance and expansion of the intellectual property (IP) portfolio at uniQure and will manage the associated IP activities in the Amsterdam office.
Major duties, accountabilities, and responsibilities, include:
- Drafting, prosecuting, and maintaining new and pending patent applications:
- Assisting in the development of intellectual property strategy
- Managing uniQure’s patent and trademark portfolios
- Prosecuting uniQure’s patent applications
- Filing new patent applications
- Managing outside patent firms in a timely and cost-effective manner.
- Monitoring third-party patents:
- Performing competitive analyses of third-party patents/applications
- Performing freedom-to-operate searches
- Advising and supporting on all IP aspects within the organization
- Supporting IP due diligence during licensing, acquisitions/partnership negotiations:
- Analysing IP position for new business opportunities
- Providing support in directing the IP strategy of uniQure:
- Written and verbal communication with supervisor and colleagues of the IP strategy and rationale
- Maintaining a clear and up to date summary of activities and next steps
- Identifying and protecting IP
- Effectively overseeing outside counsel
- Gaining and maintaining credibility and confidence with colleagues
The successful candidate is likely to fulfil the following profile:
- Master’s degree in Life Sciences, but PhD is preferred.
- Qualified European or US Patent Attorney or Patent Agent.
- Knowledge of molecular therapies and/or gene therapy technologies is preferred.
- At least 5 years of working experience in an IP-oriented environment (i.e. Patent firm, law firm, TTO a.o.).
- Proven analytical skills.
- Strong organizational and managerial skills, as well as good planning skills, applying a methodical approach to completing tasks.
- Good computer, presentation, and writing skills.
- Fluent in English, exceptional verbal and written skills.
- Eye for detail and the ability to work systematically and also relate to all levels within the organisation.
- Pragmatic approach to solving problems and addressing issues.
- Flexible and adaptive.
- Enthusiastic, and able to enthuse others.
- Capable of handling stress and challenging situations.
- Able to build and sustain creditability throughout the organization.
- Able to think creatively and provide innovative solutions to non-standard problems.
- Capable to solve day-to-day problems and taking responsibility for decisions.
- Willing and able to travel when requested and necessary.