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13 Jun 2022

Are you a newly qualified or finals standard Patent Attorney with a biotech background seeking a new role within the industry? If so, we would love to hear from you!

This is a rare opportunity to work at the heart of a science-led, global healthcare company – interacting directly with business leaders and clients, with the ability to influence the overall IP strategy.

Job Purpose:

At GSK, our goal is to unite science, talent and technology to get ahead of disease together. We have a clear strategy to prevent and treat disease with vaccines, specialty and general medicines by focussing on science of the immune system, human genetics and advanced technologies.

Our Intellectual Property group plays an integral role in realising our goal by protecting our R&D investment and IP assets. The IP group provides proactive support via patent teams to research sites in Europe and US, working collaboratively with scientists and senior managers in a fast-moving culture that is ambitious for patients.

You will be involved in everything from filing and prosecuting patent applications to secure exclusivity for our R&D investments, to evaluating and mitigating risks to our IP through opposition and litigation, to performing due diligence on proposed business transactions, educating client businesses on sound legal practices, negotiating legal agreements with internal and external parties, and proactively helping to confront legal risks facing GSK.

If this sounds interesting to you, then come and help us get ahead of disease together!


Please take a copy of the Job Description, as this will not be available post closure of the advert.

When applying for this role, please use the ‘cover letter’ of the online application or your CV to describe how you meet the competencies for this role, as outlined in the job requirements above. The information that you have provided in your cover letter and CV will be used to assess your application.

Key responsibilities:

This role will provide you with the opportunity to lead key activities to progress your career. Key responsibilities include:

  • Filing and prosecuting patent applications to secure exclusivity for R&D investments and advising on the interplay between patents and non-patent exclusivity;
  • Working directly with clients within the GSK business and communicating with patent offices and foreign agents;
  • Providing legal advice and influencing internal clients in order to avert legal risks, by proposing creative, strategic IP advice;
  • Analysing FTO issues and complex third-party situations;
  • Working on teams responsible for evaluating and mitigating risks to our IP through opposition and litigation;
  • Providing support to Business Development for both in and out-licensing opportunities, including performing due diligence on proposed business transactions and negotiating legal agreements with internal and external parties.

Basic Qualifications

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:

  • Newly qualified Patent Attorney (EPA and/or CPA or equivalent national qualification) or finals standard (part qualified, with at least pre-EQE)
  • Good degree in life sciences, biology, biochemistry or similar

Preferred Qualifications

If you have the following characteristics, it would be considered a plus:

  • Prior experience within the biopharmaceutical industry
  • Experience in drafting and/or prosecuting biopharmaceutical patent applications
  • A team player with strong interpersonal, negotiating, analytical and problem-solving skills

Why GSK?

At GSK, we have already delivered unprecedented change over the past four years, improving R&D, becoming a leader in Consumer Health, strengthening our leadership, and transforming our commercial execution. Now, we’re making the biggest changes we’ve made to our business in over 20 years. We’re on track to separate and create two new companies in 2022: New GSK with a leading portfolio of vaccines and specialty medicines as well as R&D based on immune system and genetics science; and a new world-leading consumer healthcare company of loved and trusted brands. ​

​With new ambition comes new purpose. For New GSK, this is to unite science, talent and technology to get ahead of disease together – all with the clear ambition of delivering human health impact; stronger and more sustainable shareholder returns; and as a new GSK where outstanding people thrive.

​Getting ahead means preventing disease as well as treating it. How we do all this is through our people and our culture. A culture that is ambitious for patients – so we deliver what matters better and faster; accountable for impact – with clear ownership of goals and support to succeed; and where we do the right thing. So, if you’re ready to improve the lives of billions, join us at this exciting moment in our journey. Join our challenge to get Ahead Together. ​

As a company driven by our values of Patient focus, Transparency, Respect and Integrity, we know inclusion and diversity are essential for us to be able to succeed. We want all our colleagues to thrive at GSK bringing their unique experiences, ensuring they feel good and to keep growing their careers.  As a candidate for a role, we want you to feel the same way.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are open to all talent. In the US, we also adhere to Affirmative Action principles. This ensures that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, colour, national origin, religion, gender, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability, genetic information, military service, covered/protected veteran status or any other federal, state or local protected class*(*US only).

We believe in an agile working culture for all our roles. If flexibility is important to you, we encourage you to explore with our hiring team what the opportunities are.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to discuss any adjustments to our process which might help you demonstrate your strengths and capabilities.

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  • Job Type: Experienced
  • Career Sector: Patents
  • Experience Level: Part Qualified 4-5 Years, Newly Qualified
  • Date Posted: 24 May 2022
  • Area of Specialism: Biotechnology
  • Job Reference: 335165
  • Start Date: Unspecified
  • Location: Hertfordshire, Stevenage or London, Brentford
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Application Details: Click below to apply
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