Patent Attorney Biology/Biotech (all genders)
About the job
As Patent Attorney Biology/Biotech (all genders), you will be part of the Global Biologics Patent team within Sanofi´s Global Intellectual Property Department. Based in Frankfurt, you will be dedicated to all aspects of patent protection for a diverse range of programs across Sanofi's global business units in the biologics area. You will advise on a wide range of intellectual property matters, including patent preparation and prosecution, worldwide patent portfolio management, overall IP strategy, patentability, and freedom-to-operate analyses.
Interact with clients (including Research & Development, platform and project management, Business Development) in Europe and in the US on a daily basis to provide client counselling and proactively solicit invention disclosures.
Proactively counsel clients about IP strategy related to client’s business.
Prepare, file and prosecute EPO, US and foreign patent applications in biologics area.
Provide patentability evaluation of IP related to internal or external projects.
Conduct, direct and analyze searches and render opinions on freedom-to-operate and on validity, non-infringement and design-around of third-party patents.
Manage post grant proceedings, such as oppositions, litigation.
Participate in the drafting, reviewing and negotiation of agreements covering intellectual property rights.
Review proposed research papers and other publications for any impact on patent estate.
Develop and maintain an appropriate network inside Sanofi’s Biologics Business Units and Global IP group.
Education and professional Experience
Graduate degree (Diploma, Master, PhD) in a biological or biochemistry science, ideally with PhD.
European Patent Attorney qualification is mandatory with ideally at least 2-3 years post-EQE experience
German Patent Attorney qualification would be a plus
Ideally 10 years of patent law experience gained in-house or in a law firm
Mandatory requirement is experience in handling complex biologics IP matters, such as antibodies, peptides, and/or nucleic acids, and in the field of biologics platform activities.
Experience in handling EPO oppositions and appeals, with good advocacy skills, would be a plus.
A motivated proactive person, exhibiting initiative to contribute to the team in more ways than mere handling of assigned projects.
Able to independently handle drafting and prosecution of patent applications.
Excellent communication skills and agility working with a team of global colleagues.
Fluent in German and English.
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