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Patent Attorney/Sr. Patent Attorney

Job Type: Full time
Company/Firm: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
Location: Waltham, MA
Date posted: 09/27/10
Salary: Salary dependent on experience
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AstraZeneca is a major international healthcare business engaged in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of prescription pharmaceuticals and the supply of healthcare services. But we're more than one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. At AstraZeneca, we're proud to have a unique workplace culture that inspires innovation and collaboration. Here, employees are empowered to express diverse perspectives - and are made to feel valued, energized and rewarded for their ideas and creativity. We have received many honors, including:

Fortune World's Most Admired Companies list (2009) Woman Engineer Magazine's 18th Annual "Top 50 Employers" (2008) The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers (2007-2008) CEO Cancer Gold Standard Reaccreditation, CEO Roundtable on Cancer (2008 & 2009) 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers by Working Mother Magazine (2002 - 2008) 100 Best Companies to Work For in America by Fortune Magazine* (2008) *Only large pharmaceutical company included on the list Diversity MBA Magazine Top 50 Companies in Diversity Leadership (2008) Men's Fitness Top 15 Fittest Companies in America (2008) The Scientist Best Places to Work in Industry (2008) Fit-Friendly Company Award, American Heart Association (2007) Top Employer, Science Magazine (2002 - 2007)

Patent Attorney/Sr. Patent Attorney


Job Summary

Patent Attorney/Sr. Patent Attorney PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE ROLE IS ADVERTISED AS A PATENT ATTORNEY AND SR. PATENT ATTORNEY, BUT WILL BE FILLED AT EITHER LEVEL, CONTINGENT UPON THE SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS OF THE SELECTED CANDIDATE. Description (Patent Attorney)
The Patent Attorney will provide all basic aspects of patent drafting and prosecution service to assigned AstraZeneca client areas and will handle aspects of patent issues in collaboration with Senior/Principal Patent Attorneys. The Patent Attorney will be accountable for developing and implementing project specific patent strategies for their assigned clients. Description (Senior Patent Attorney)
The Sr.Patent Attorney will be an experienced attorney working on a significant patent portfolio and will be fully responsible for ensuring that assigned client groups are provided with all aspects of patent advice and service. The Sr. Patent Attorney will work with and input their experience to the Principal Patent Attorneys and AZ IP global teams in the development of new IP strategies and will be responsible for ensuring that all agreed AZ IP strategies are properly enacted within their portfolio and understood within their client area. Major Responsibilities (Patent Attorney):
* Independently draft and prosecute patent portfolios relating to an assigned client area.
* Provide strategic patent advice to the clients reflecting iMed objectives, and identify patent opportunities and risks.
* Communicate effectively with R&D clients on patent matters.
* Act as attorney of record for US prosecution.
* Work optimally and efficiently with Senior and Principal Attorneys on patent matters.
* Operate within global AstraZeneca IP teams to improve AstraZeneca IP operational or strategic IP issues.
* Work with a Senior Patent Attorney on diligence activities in support of in- or out-licensing opportunities.
* Represent IP and present project IP strategies to R&D project teams.
* The opportunity may involve domestic as well as international travel. Major Responsibilities (Sr. Patent Attorney):
* Personally handle all aspects of a significant, large patent portfolio for assigned client areas.
* Work with clients to establish and implement project specific patent strategies reflecting iMed objectives, and identify patent opportunities, risks and solutions.
* Communicate effectively with R&D clients on patent matters.
* Carry out diligence activities in support of SPBD opportunities and to provide corresponding IP advice to SPBD cross-functional governance and agreement negotiation teams.
* Represent IP on cross-functional R&D governance bodies.
* Mentor Patent Attorneys.
* Brief senior AZ R&D governance bodies on project specific IP strategies.
* Educate AZ IP clients in the assigned areas on important patent strategy issues.
* Lead an AZ IP workgroup operating at a global level to develop IP strategies or improve AZ IP operations.
* Share experiences with fellow attorneys and AZ IP individually and collectively.
* The opportunity may involve domestic as well as international travel.

Requirements Minimum Requirements (Patent Attorney):
* Degree in chemistry or a related discipline.
* JD + USPTO patent bar qualifications.
* Good scientific knowledge of core technical field, together with an appreciation of other relevant technologies.
* Experience of chemical or pharmaceutical professional patent work.
* Good understanding of the pharmaceutical business.
* Excellent interpersonal skills.
* Ability to quickly adapt to a dynamic environment.
* The successful candidate will have a proactive and enthusiastic attitude to meet the demands of R&D and the business; and will be a good team player who can work independently under pressure to meet deadlines. Minimum Requirements (Sr. Patent Attorney):
* Degree in chemistry or a related discipline.
* JD+USPTO patent bar qualifications.
* Strong AstraZeneca Leadership Capabilities.
* Good scientific knowledge of core technical field, together with an appreciation of other relevant technologies.
* Excellent interpersonal skills.
* Able quickly to adapt to a dynamic environment.
* Excellent communication skills with the proven ability to explain complex issues clearly and concisely to clients.
* Thorough understanding of AZ business objectives with a high level awareness of strategic IP issues specific to the pharma industry .
* The successful candidate will have a proactive and enthusiastic attitude to meet the demands of R&D and the business; and will be a good team player who can work independently under pressure to meet deadlines.

We want you to build a balanced life at AstraZeneca. Your career is just one part of that. We offer competitive salaries, rewards and recognitions for your invaluable time and efforts. We also bring you all the things you need to for your life outside of your work:

generous health and welfare benefits flexible scheduling child care programs learning and development opportunities fitness centers and other personal conveniences

At AstraZeneca, we put people first. Whether it's the patients we help or the employees who make everything we do possible.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer.


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