Senior Director, Intellectual Property (United Kingdom)


Oxfordshire, GB
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Legal
  • Post Date: 01/16/2021
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  • Company Address: 351 Rouse Boulevard , Philadelphia, PA , 19112

About Adaptimmune

Adaptimmune, a leader in T-cell therapy, is a multinational, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel immunotherapies using its proprietary SPEAR T-cell receptor platform to treat solid tumors, which has the potential to transform the treatment of cancer.

Job Description

A leading role within the Adaptimmune IP department driving the filing of patent and patent applications and other IP rights applicable to Adaptimmune’s TCR T-cell therapies. The role requires strong business focus and experience at managing a multi-jurisdictional patent portfolio together with ability to partner with the business and steer the business accordingly.

Key Responsibilities

Identifying and advising in relation to patentability of new developments within the process development and research terms at Adaptimmune including invention identification, third party IP analysis, competitive analysis, validity opinions, oppositions, litigation and managing external patent agents (70%)

Driving the longer term IP strategy at Adaptimmune including engaging business leaders to determine strategy and approach (20%)

Liaising internally within relevant Adaptimmune teams to answer IP-related questions and to enhance internal IP understanding (5%)

Managing IP work flow and external patent agents and internal IP team (5%)

Qualifications & Experience


Experience: Proven management and experience of patent matters, typically spanning multiple jurisdictions


  • Excellent academic results including at degree level (chemistry or biotech fields)
  • Fully qualified European Patent Attorney (with US experience) or US patent attorney (with EU prosecution experience)
  • Working knowledge of multiple jurisdictions, in particular EU and US
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills in English


  • Previous experience in-house
  • Previous experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, particularly in immunotherapy field or relevant technology experience in immune related field. 

Skills & Competencies


  • Ability to combine scientific knowledge with strategic thinking to enable Adaptimmune to achieve its goals
  • Strong commercial and business judgment
  • Must be reliable, enthusiastic and conscientious whilst displaying common sense and flexibility.
  • Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills and ability to act independently
  • Ability to act in a professional manner at all time and to be perceived as a partner to the rest of the business.
  • Approachable and able to establish good working relationships with staff at all levels in the company.
  • Ability to independently identify and resolve situations as they occur.

decision making authority

Senior role with independence and responsibility for areas of practice. Reporting in to GC and IP forum, patent agent is expected to guide and steer Adaptimmune in relation to patent prosecution, third party clearances, competitive intelligence and other IP matters.

At Adaptimmune we embrace diversity and equality of opportunity. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of age, colour, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or other legally protected category. It is our intent that all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment.

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