Douglas is one of New Zealand's greatest pharmaceutical success stories with an ever-expanding footprint into global markets. We're working to develop, trial, manufacture, test, pack and distribute the very best medicines, nutraceuticals and products to over 40 countries.
At Douglas there are around 800 of us - including top scientists, researchers, developers, manufacturers, regulatory specialists and engineers, and together we're on a mission to make high quality, effective, accessible and sustainable products for people who need it. We're here to do our life's best work.
We're helping people with conditions like depression, schizophrenia, cancer, heart failure, severe acne, and other dermatological conditions. We also have an extensive range of condition-specific nutraceutical products.
We are looking for an In-house Patent Attorney to work as part of our Legal Team to audit and manage protection of intellectual property generated within the company or in which the company has an interest. You will do this in collaboration with Douglas’ in-house IP Counsel and external advisors.
You will support Douglas’ General Legal Counsel and in-house IP Counsel to provide first class information and strategic advice concerning intellectual property issues of potential commercial significance to the Company.
You will work closely with the New Product Development team to identify, research and strategically advise on areas of potential risk concerning intellectual property, in particular patents, in relevant markets. You will pull together a combination of original work and management of outside advisors, including overseas attorneys/agents as required.
You will assist in choosing APIs and identifying formulations and indications which offer maximum benefit with regard to earliest possible market entry, and co-ordinate freedom to operate searches.
You will work with internal teams and internal and outside counsel (including overseas advisors and commercial partners) to identify and appropriately protect original intellectual property (in particular, patents) created within or on behalf of the company or in which the company has an interest. You will effectively manage that protection including guiding prosecution of patent applications in multiple jurisdictions via overseas counsel.
In the event of the Company becoming involved in an intellectual property related dispute, you will work with internal stakeholders, General Legal Counsel, in-house IP Counsel and external counsel as required to manage and resolve that process so as to obtain the best possible commercial results for the Company.
You will be/have
You will have resilience, strong attention to detail and be able to adapt your style. You will be organised and articulate and have well-developed communication and interpersonal skills.
What we offer
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If you are keen to be part of a true kiwi success story, apply today!
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