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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Job reference: R-048788
Posted date: May. 08, 2019

AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change we seize it and commit real resources to make it happen, because an opportunity no matter how small can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicine is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognising their potential. How do you spot the potential for something world-changing? With bold, empowered people and leaders who champion curiosity – and the fearlessness to pursue ideas in new ways.

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.

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 bio-pharmaceutical 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.

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

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.

Patent Attorney

AstraZeneca in the UK

Our 6,700-strong UK workforce is based across seven sites in the UK, including our new research facilities and global corporate headquarters in Cambridge. The Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC) is globally renowned as a leading centre of research, education and patient care. For AstraZeneca, the campus is the perfect environment in which to foster a vibrant culture of open innovation and collaboration.

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