Director, Intellectual Property: Biotechnology

Director, Intellectual Property:  Biotechnology

Our client continues to expand!

Reporting directly to the ECO, the Director of Intellectual Property will oversee the preparation, filing, prosecution, maintenance and protection of patents generated by the organization or licensed in from third parties.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Analyzing third party patents for freedom to operate issues. He/she will work closely with R&D on such matters
  • Reviewing proposed abstracts, manuscripts, posters and other disclosures for intellectual property purposes
  • Provide support for R&D related agreements and to business development on licensing negotiations and agreements as appropriate
  • Instruct and direct external lawyers and patent attorneys in relation to patent related matters
  • Manage the implementation of global IP strategies for the patent portfolio, seeking and maintaining an appropriate level of protection in different markets
  • Monitor research and development activity being conducted by the company and/or its collaborators with the aim of securing protection for any ideas, inventions or discoveries and before any publication
  • Provide guidance on R&D programs such that they may generate protectable intellectual property and not infringe on the intellectual property of others
  • Support other groups with advice on relevant intellectual property issues such as inputs into IP due diligence activities, IP licensing discussions and negotiations
  • Monitor the competitive IP space to identify potential infringing products and perform risk assessments on patent scope, infringement and validity
  • Maintain up to date IP summaries for regulatory filings and for other requirements
  • Collaborate with corporate attorneys to provide IP support for agreements (including MTAs, CDAs, research collaborations, and licensing agreements)
  • Effectively manage external relationships with outside counsel and collaborators
  • Work effectively both independently and in global and cross-functional teams
  • Review and conducts all activities in compliance with relevant policy and SOP’s


  • Patent management in an R & D drug discovery/development environment

Skills and Abilities

Hard Skills-

  • Scientifically capable, excellent analytical skills and ability to offer unique perspectives on complex issues pertaining to intellectual property
  • Strong drafting skills and excellent oral and written communication, strong legal research skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and interpersonal skills with ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple deadlines

Soft Skills –

  • Proactively communicate with team members and other stakeholders and develop and maintain a trusted relationship throughout the process
  • Ability to provide an exceptional level of customer service to internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrate exceptional presentation, professionalism and advocacy skills, with the ability to promote the interests of the IP function
  • Manage and prioritize multiple matters simultaneously and independently 

Required Work Experience

  • 3+ Years’ experience drafting and prosecuting technology and patent application

Education Requirements:

Mandatory Education- Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • BS Degree in Scientific discipline or related field
  • MSc will be considered an asset

Additional Valuable Education-Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • Juris Doctor
  • Legal/Patent training

For additional information on this very unique opportunity with a growing Biotech company, please contact  902 405 3607

Summit Search Group would like to thank everyone who applies but only those who meet the criteria will receive follow up communications.

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Halifax, NS


Depends on Experience


Categories:    Operations    Other    Administrative   

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