Intellectual Property Director

Legal Dublin, Ballsbridge


Job Summary

The Intellectual Property Director will support an existing fast-paced branded pharmaceutical business.  The selected candidate will work closely with R&D and other business units to help build and enforce a strong patent portfolio that reflects business objectives.

Scope of Authority

Domestic and international intellectual property counsel and advice across multiple sites and lines of business.


Key Accountabilities



% of Time

Pre-Litigation & Litigation

§  Monitor, review and advise internal stakeholders on impact of patent laws/regulations on pharmaceutical products, strategic issues regarding portfolio management and patent prosecution matters

§  Provide support for patent-related and other IP litigations



Current and Future IP Opportunities

§  Manage, prepare and review existing and developing patent prosecution portfolio and manage external patent counsel re same

§  Define patentable opportunities to build IP portfolio, including preparing new patent applications

§  Advise R&D on patent and other intellectual property matters, including invention disclosures and filing strategies

§  Conduct Freedom to Operate and patentability analyses




§  Draft and review legal documents related to intellectual property matters.

§  Advise clients on trademark and copyright matters

§  Assist in preparation of reviewing and revising contracts, internal policies and protocols, assignments, development/collaboration agreements, licenses, and the like on topics pertinent to intellectual property, including any and all confidential/proprietary information.

§  Support business development due diligence activities






Education & Experience

§  A minimum of a BS degree in Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacology, or related discipline required.

§  Qualified patent attorney (US, UK or European patent attorney qualifications and member of a national or state bar)

§  Min. 5 years experience at a law firm and/or in-house, in pharmaceutical and/or biotech patents and IP.



§  Strong knowledge of principles of Intellectual Property protection and litigation.

§  Strong knowledge of FDA regulations.




§  Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.

§  Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations

§  Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

§  Oral Communication - Speaks clearly/persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates substantively in meetings.

§  Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Able to read and interpret written information.

§  Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity; open to other views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

§  Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments and confidences; inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

§  Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market/competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions

§  Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

§  Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

Physical Requirements

§  Office environment

§  Travel (approx. 10-20%)