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Patent Attorney in Legal Affairs

In this job you will get the opportunity to work with protecting the latest new diabetes drugs in collaboration with Novo Nordisk researchers in Denmark, USA and China. Ensuring exclusivity for new products is essential for Novo Nordisk’s business and you can make a difference by being a central part of the innovation process.

Within Novo Nordisk Corporate Patents, you will join a team of highly skilled patent attorneys with a diverse international background.

The position is located in Novo Nordisk headquarter in Bagsværd, Denmark.

About the department

Novo Nordisk Corporate Patents department comprises more than 30 patent attorneys and administrators working together to ensure exclusivity and freedom to operate for new and existing pharmaceutical products and devices.

The position

The position is a permanent position starting out as early as possible and preferably by October 2018.

You will provide patent support to Novo Nordisk early and late stage R&D projects, in-house projects and/or projects in collaboration with external partners, mostly related to insulin compounds, gene editing and/or cell technologies.

In this role, your main responsibilities will include:

Setting up optimal patent strategies and implementing decisions, Ensuring the strongest possible patent exclusivity; Draft, file and prosecute patent applications, Conduct patentability evaluations.

Securing the freedom to operate; Perform freedom-of-operation analyses and execute appropriate courses of action, Monitor potentially harmful third party patent rights, Conduct infringement and validity evaluations of third party patent rights, Propose mitigation actions as need be and communicate to the project members and research management.

Supporting due diligence and in-licensing opportunities; Assess strength and weaknesses in IP assets and freedom of operation of potential business partners (patent due diligence), Communicate to relevant managerial governance boards, Communicate with external potential business partners, Advise with respect to IP sections of licensing and cooperation agreements.

This Patent Attorney position involves some level of independence in decision making, ability to take initiative and adapt to evolving patent situations.

Across all above responsibilities, you will communicate your IP recommendations to R&D project members and various management boards. Hence strong communication skills and a high level of professionalism will be necessary.

Occasional travels can be expected.


Technical qualifications and experience:

  • M.Sc. in Peptide Chemistry, Biotechnology or related.

Patent qualifications and experience

  • Preparing towards passing the EQE
  • Few years of professional experience as patent attorney in private practice or corporate IP department
  • Experience in:
    • Freedom to Operate analyses
    • Patent application drafting
    • Patent prosecution, especially before the EPO
    • Patent strategy discussion and elaboration

preferably in the technical fields of Peptide Chemistry or Biotechnology or related

  • Excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Excellent communication skills in oral and written English
  • Excellent collaboration skills, successful team work experience
  • Strong ability to build respect among internal and external business partners
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong ability to effectively meet set targets

Please address above requirements in your application letter.

Working at Novo Nordisk

At Novo Nordisk, your skills, dedication and ambition help us change lives for the better. In exchange, we offer you an opportunity to work with extraordinary talents and benefit from a range of possibilities for professional and personal development.


For further information, please contact Sarah Barrès at +45 3079 2726.

25 May 2018.

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