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Head of Patents - RNA Molecule Research

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Head of Patents - RNA Molecule Research

Head of patents for Roche's RNA Molecule Research in Roche Basel/Copenhagen

Senior European/US Patent Attorney - Based in Basel, Switzerland

Job Description

Roche's Intellectual Property Department is seeking a senior EP/US patent attorney to lead its RNA Molecule Research IP department based both in Switzerland and Denmark (near Copenhagen).This individual will lead and IP team in a highly competitive area of science while empowering and developing great patent attorneys and staff across a dynamic & diverse global organization.The position will be located in Basel and will report directly to the Head of Patents Basel. It will entail travelling to Denmark on a regular basis.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Lead a team of individual contributors by providing leadership, empowerment, and coaching for your team in a global matrix environment, inspiring your team to perform at their best, optimizing their growth opportunities and capabilities to successfully contribute and operate in the global IP environment.
  • Pro-active engagement as a member of the Roche IP Leadership team in Basel.
  • Develop & drive adaptive and creative strategies for Roche's RNA therapeutics unit, in a fast evolving area of science, seeking opportunities and mitigating risks.
  • Effective and impactful management of Roche's RNA therapeutics IP assets: management of global intellectual property rights including drafting & prosecuting patent portfolios, licensing transactions, due diligence assessments, freedom-to-operate, infringement and validity analyses, risk evaluation and mitigation strategies for RNA therapeutics, personalized therapeutics and other novel therapeutic modalities.
  • Provide strategic advice & strategy in all intellectual property-related transactions and patent challenges/litigations.
  • Effectively and pro-actively partner with stakeholders at all levels of the global organization and across all phases of research, drug development & commercialization to provide business enabling strategy, counseling and options both in Basel and in Copenhagen.
  • Simplify practices and processes in an increasingly complex environment, driving change when necessary at RNA therapeutics IP to maximize value & mitigate risk-using fit for purpose solution while delivering high quality legal strategy & counsel.
  • Sustainably build enduring, productive external relationships with outside counsel and third party collaborators & partners.
  • The successful candidate enjoys work in a fast-paced, diverse, & global environment while seeking to move the needle in bringing great medicines to patients.


  • Demonstrated experience and track record of success in:
    • Building & leveraging global IP portfolios;
    • Developing & implementing global IP strategies or initiatives, both substantive & operational;
    • Leading or directing significant IP transactions including but not limited to due diligences, M&A, complex collaborations, asset acquisitions and settlement agreements;
    • Leading or directing adverse proceedings such as patent challenges and/or litigation;
    • Prior experience in leading teams & managing people directly or matrixed is a plus;
    • Leading as a member of a Basel patent leadership team within a corporate environment;
  • 5+ years of experience post EQE / US patent qualification is preferred;
  • Experience in patent portfolio creation, strategy, and counseling;
  • Experience with early stage, clinical development, and launched products as well as manufacturing & technology based IP is required;
  • At least 4 years of experience in a pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, or biotechnology corporation;
  • An advanced degree in chemistry or biology, preferably in chemistry or other area relevant to pharmaceutical IP practice.
  • Acting as a role model in, for example, clear communication, active listening, composure under pressure, solution-oriented mindset, collaboration across local & global teams, preserving in the face of obstacles, tackling new challenges with curiosity and openness to learning, effectively utilizing available resources.

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Roche is an equal opportunity employer.

Legal, Legal > Licensing, Patents, Trademarks

Basel / Kaiseraugst / Basel, CH-BS / Basel und United Kingdom

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