Job title
Senior Patent Attorney, Cambridge

Senior Patent Attorney

At AstraZeneca every one of our employees makes a difference to patient lives every day. Our science lives beyond our labs – our global perspective means we use talent and expertise from all over the world to make our medicines a success.

We need people who can combine technical expertise with personality and presence to help us achieve our commercial goals.

With a wide-ranging portfolio of pipeline assets and commercial products, we can design a balanced portfolio that reflects your existing experience and seniority, providing opportunities to develop new skills and realise your potential.

Qualified as a UK and/or European Patent Attorney and with an excellent degree or equivalent in a biotech discipline, you’re ready to make an impact on a global, FTSE10 biopharmaceutical company. At AstraZeneca, we’re transforming our pipeline with scientific discoveries and progressing towards leadership in our core therapeutic areas. Protecting our innovations in early stage drug development and beyond is critical, which is why we’re looking for more Patent Attorneys to be based in our headquarters in the UK.

We need people who can combine technical expertise with personality and presence to help us achieve our commercial goals. In return, you can expect wide exposure to our R&D teams and stakeholders, plus a total commitment to your professional development within a legal function that values flexibility, creativity, and a willingness to accept new challenges.

Main duties and responsibilities

Taking on a role that bridges science and legal practice, you will be a global business IP advisor. This will entail managing the patent portfolio 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.

Key objectives will be to identify and manage all associated IP risks – communicating them to IP, legal and business teams. You will craft strategies for the filing, prosecution, maintenance and defence of patents in your portfolio against third-party challenges. You may also work on business development deals or coordinate our response to legal changes in a particular country or region. Managing external spend to meet budget targets will also be part of your role.

Essential requirements

  • Fully qualified UK and/or European Patent Attorney
  • Excellent degree or equivalent in a relevant Biotech/Life Sciences subject, with previous experience of handling patent portfolios covering biologics
  • Strategic thinking abilities
  • Experience of patent practice in multiple markets and jurisdictions
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills in English
  • Excellent time management and prioritisation skills

Desirable requirements

  • Experience in the biopharmaceutical industry
  • Experience of managing external service providers.
  • First-hand experience of IP-related litigation

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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Posted date
2 July 2019
Company Details
  • UK: East of England