Patent Attorney – Large Corporation – Gaithersburg, Md.

AstraZeneca is seeking a Patent Attorney to work in its Gaithersburg, Md., offices.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Actively counsel members of Research & Development organizations to identify new inventions as well as devise and implement strategies for patent protection over extended drug development life cycle
  • Create and implement global strategic approaches toward building patent portfolios and providing value to business
  • Prepare and prosecute patent applications (US and ex-US) including effectively managing outside counsel as needed.
  • Manage all aspects of large intellectual property estates in AstraZeneca/MedImmune’s core and opportunistic therapeutic areas
  • Evaluate and monitor patent portfolios of third parties
  • Develop and communicate IP guidance to stakeholders across the business, including within R&D, Business Development, commercial, legal
  • Review and analyze license agreements and other contracts
  • Provide IP and technical analysis in support of patent litigations

Position Requirements:

  • At least 4 years life science patent prosecution experience with global portfolios, combined in-house and law firm experience preferred.


  • Licensed US Attorney, USPTO Registration Number
  • Ph.D. or equivalent, and/or several years of laboratory experience in relevant scientific area

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience in the biotech and/or pharmaceutical industry
  • Experience of managing external service providers.
  • First-hand experience of IP-related litigation
  • High level of professionalism and motivation, ability to work independently
  • Ability to take initiative to complete tasks and manage risks
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects with rapidly changing priorities
  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Effective time management skills
  • Adaptable and versatile learner
  • Ability to be an enterprise leader for the organization

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Additional Info
Employer Type: Large Corporation
Job Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland