Patent Attorney

At AstraZeneca, we turn ideas into life-changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together with the utmost integrity to make the impossible a reality.


Patent Attorney

Job Description

Introduction to Role:

At AstraZeneca, we turn ideas into life-changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together with the utmost integrity to make the impossible a reality. We’re passionate about the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we believe we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life! This role will be based at our stunning campus in Central Cambridge which is our vibrant head office in the UK. We are looking for a Patent Attorney with experience in drafting and prosecution of biologic products to join our Global IP team and help turn those ideas into reality. This is a great opportunity to join a world-class in-house IP team in a leading biopharmaceutical company where you will play a vital role in protecting AstraZeneca’s fantastic pipeline.


As a Patent Attorney, you will be responsible for identifying and managing all associated IP risks for your project – presenting them to IP, legal and business teams. You’ll 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 Skills/Experience:

  • Fully qualified European Patent Attorney, with previous experience of handling pharmaceutical patent portfolios
  • Excellent degree or equivalent in chemistry, biochemistry, or biological science
  • Strong core biologics/antibody patent prosecution skills and ability to independently lead patent dockets and portfolios in multiple markets and jurisdictions

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Education to Ph.D. level or equivalent, and/or several years of laboratory experience in the relevant scientific area
  • 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 organization


When we put diverse teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working gives us the platform we need to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That’s why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world.

Why AstraZeneca?

Join a talented global team that’s powering AstraZeneca to better serve patients, every day. The fuel behind our evolving, rapidly growing enterprise, we’re here to help unlock the power of what science can do and ultimately have a big impact on patients’ lives. Integrated and closely aligned with the whole enterprise, we offer our expertise, and leverage exciting new technology and digital innovations, to accelerate AstraZeneca’s evolution. We do all of it strategically, looking ahead to the new challenges we’ll face and improving the way the enterprise operates today.

Ready to make a difference? Apply now and join us in our mission to bring life-changing medicines to patients around the world!

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