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Senior Patent Attorney

Primary Responsibility

A senior role within the Adaptimmune IP department working alongside the current Head of IP and focussing on patent and patent applications within immunotherapies, in particular process developments and next generation technologies applicable to Adaptimmune’s TCR T-cell therapies. The role requires strong business focus and experience at managing a multi-jurisdictional patent portfolio together with ability to partner with the business and steer the business accordingly.

Key Responsibilities

1.   Identifying and advising in relation to patentability of new developments within the process development and research terms at Adaptimmune including invention identification, third party IP analysis, competitive analysis, validity opinions, oppositions, litigation and managing external patent agents (80% of role)

2.  Liaising internally within relevant Adaptimmune teams to answer IP-related questions and to enhance internal IP understanding

3.  Managing IP work flow and external patent agents (10%)

4.  Working as part of Adaptimmune’s legal and IP team

 

Qualifications & Experience

Qualifications:

  • Excellent academic results including at degree level (chemistry or biotech fields)
  • Fully qualified European Patent Attorney (or US patent attorney with extensive EU prosecution experience)

Experience:

Required 

  • Proven management and experience of patent matters, typically spanning multiple jurisdictions
  • Working knowledge of multiple jurisdictions, in particular EU and US
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills in English

Desirable

  • Previous experience in-house
  • Previous experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, particularly in immunotherapy field

 

Skills & Competencies

Required

Ability to combine scientific knowledge with strategic thinking to enable Adaptimmune to achieve its goals

Strong commercial judgment

Must be reliable, enthusiastic and conscientious whilst displaying common sense and flexibility.

Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills and ability to act independently

Ability to act in a professional manner at all time and to be perceived as a partner to the rest of the business.

Approachable and able to establish good working relationships with staff at all levels in the company.

Ability to independently identify and resolve situations as they occur.

 

Decision making authority

Senior role with independence and responsibility for areas of practice. Reporting into GC and IP forum, patent agent is expected to guide and steer Adaptimmune in relation to patent prosecution, third party clearances, competitive intelligence and other IP matters (including transactional work).

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