Director, Patent Counsel

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
New Haven
Oct 10, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
Alexion is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and delivering life-transforming therapies for patients with devastating and rare disorders. Alexion developed and commercializes Soliris?? (eculizumab), the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), two life-threatening ultra-rare disorders. Alexion is also establishing a premier global metabolic rare disease franchise, which includes Kanuma?? (sebelipase alfa) for patients with lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D), and Strensiq?? (asfotase alfa) for patients with hypophosphatasia (HPP). In addition, Alexion is advancing the most robust rare disease pipeline in the biotech industry, with highly innovative product candidates in multiple therapeutic areas. As the global leader in complement inhibition, the Company is strengthening and broadening its portfolio of complement inhibitors across diverse platforms, including evaluating potential indications for Soliris in additional severe and ultra-rare disorders. Further information about Alexion can be found at: .

Position Summary

Alexion, identified as one of Forbes' top-ten most innovative companies in the world, is seeking a highly motivated patent attorney to help our team with the full scope of global pharmaceutical and biotechnological patent issues. The attorney in this position will have responsibility for clients across multiple functional areas to help us build, maintain, defend and enforce the company's intellectual property interests, with a particular focus on technical operations in the biotechnology manufacturing space. Client counseling; patent preparation and prosecution; rendering legal opinions with respect to patentability, validity, and freedom to operate; due diligence reviews; and intellectual property-related transactional work will provide a well-rounded and in-depth workload for a motivated individual.

Principal Responsibilities

* Provide clear, actionable and business-savvy intellectual property advice to clients within Technical Operations, Research and Development, Business Development, Clinical Affairs, Scientific Communications, and other functional areas through all phases of patient-focused drug research, development, and commercialization.

* Build the company's world-wide intellectual property portfolio through strategic patent preparation and prosecution.

* Manage intellectual property risks within the company's programs and pipeline, including performing freedom-to-operate analyses and rendering opinions with respect to patent infringement and validity.

* Conduct intellectual property due diligence on strategic transactions and perform intellectual property-related transactional work.

* Support intellectual property litigation (offense and defense), partnering with outside counsel, other in-house counsel and clients to efficiently achieve successful outcomes.

* Educate clients on important intellectual property issues and forge strong client relationships that leverage opportunities to identify, create, and protect valuable intellectual property.


* At least 5 years of patent attorney experience with reputable, highly rated law firms and/or pharmaceutical or life sciences companies, preferably a combination of both.

* Registration to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

* Excellent biotech patent preparation and prosecution skills, including protein/DNA sequence searching and handling, with significant experience in global patent prosecution.

* Proven record of counseling clients in research and development and/or clinical research programs.

* Experience implementing lifecycle management strategies for biologic products.

* Comprehensive understanding of intellectual property case law, rules and regulations.

* Demonstrated ability to develop pragmatic, business-centric approaches for managing intellectual property risks.

* Competence to independently identify, analyze and render legal advice on complex intellectual property issues.

* A global business enterprise view, with recognition of the potential commercial implications of an intellectual property issue within a region or country.

* Clear potential to establish professional credibility with executive level clients by delivering clear, concise and accurate advice, including the appropriate level of detail and anticipation of follow-up questions.

* Passion and commitment to the practice of law.

* Proven record of high integrity.


* from a highly respected law school and admission to at least one State Bar.

* Advanced degree, preferably Ph.D., in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, pharmacology, or another discipline relevant to biopharmaceutical drug research.

As a leading employer in our industry, Alexion is proud to offer a highly competitive package of base and incentive compensation as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more. To learn more about Alexion, please visit or download our App for iPhones and Blackberries.

Alexion is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative action employer

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