Role Summary:

Responsible for setting & driving the global Intellectual Property strategy throughout one or more business sectors in GE Healthcare’s Biopharma business. This position is responsible for all aspects of IP, from idea generation through patent filing, prosecution, trade secrets, freedom-to-operate, due diligence, agreement drafting, licensing & enforcement. This role is in scope for the proposed transition of GE Biopharma to Danaher & will transfer to Danaher at close of this transaction.

Essential Responsibilities:

1. Works with business leaders to set and implement appropriate IP strategies to achieve business objectives.
2. Works closely with R&D to ensure that sufficient ideas and invention disclosures are generated.
3. Ensures that patent filings are drafted to a high quality on commercially significant inventions by working with R&D, business managers and marketing.
4. Drafts and negotiates IP-related aspects of agreements.
5. Ensures freedom to operate and minimizes exposure to third party IP, including providing and drafting opinions.
6. Prosecutes global portfolio of patent applications to ensure that meaningful protection.
7. Manages IP litigation for defined business areas, while keeping the business informed of ongoing and projected costs.
8. Provides IP advice on major transactions and acquisitions, including due diligence activities.
9. Works with cross functional team to secure revenue through out-licensing where appropriate.
10. Supervises and/or guides work on IPR and EPO oppositions proceedings.
11. Responsible for IP portfolio and budget.


1. Qualified USPTO- registered Patent Attorney and member of the state bar, or European Patent Attorney, with at least 6 years of post-qualification experience.
2. Technical background in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or related life sciences field.
3. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
4. Solid leadership skills.
5. Experience of devising innovative IP strategies.
6. Good commercial awareness.

Desired Characteristics:

1. Experience working in the life sciences or healthcare sector.
2. GE Biopharma spans multiple technical areas, from biology and chemistry through to mechanical engineering and software. Whilst expertise to advise on IP matters in the biology/chemistry fields is essential, experience and desire to work additionally in product areas pertaining to hardware and/or software fields would be desirable.
3. Experience handling trademark matters.
4. Experience working in a corporate IP environment (although applicants from private practice will be welcome).

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