Director, Intellectual Property

Blueprint Medicines - Cambridge, MA

Full-time
Cambridge, MA

At Blueprint Medicines, as our name indicates, we are creating a blueprint for the future of healthcare. We are a leading company in the personalized medicine revolution by focusing on delivering new medicines that are targeted to the genetic driver of disease. We do this by leveraging our one-of-kind drug discovery platform to discover, develop and work to bring highly-selective kinase inhibitors to patients globally. This prolific scientific platform has enabled Blueprint Medicine to build a pipeline of novel therapies that span three distinct areas of medicine; genomically defined cancers, rare diseases and cancer immunotherapy.

Job Summary:
This is an exciting time for Blueprint as we gear up to potentially launch in the near future 2 new products, avapritinib and pralsetinib. The Director of Intellectual Property will be responsible for leading all aspects of IP for one of these potential products and the Director will also have responsibility for additional Blueprint programs at various stages of development. This is an excellent opportunity for a patent attorney with experience in the development and protection of IP for small molecule pharmaceuticals to play a key role within a rapidly growing company. This position reports to the Senior Director of Intellectual Property and will work in a cross-functional environment, interacting closely with scientists, clinical leaders, business development, and commercial teams.

Responsibilities:
Partners with program teams to manage all aspects of intellectual property for programs, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets world-wide
Works in collaboration with the scientific and clinical staff to build strong patent portfolios around key assets to ensure long-term competitive advantage. Responsibilities include to identify and evaluate new inventions, conduct prior art searches, manage new and existing patent portfolios, respond to administrative challenges instituted by third parties, including oppositions and inter partes reviews, and monitor competitive intellectual property
Supervises and directs outside patent counsel in patent preparation and prosecution and assessment of infringement claims
Designs and analyzes freedom-to-operate searches, evaluates issued patents, prepares or obtains analysis, and ensures that management is informed on aspects of intellectual property rights owned by other entities
Works with internal clients and in-house counsel on IP aspects of contracts and agreements, including IP-related business development licensing opportunities and transactional work
Reviews intellectual property aspects of technical manuscripts, posters, and other materials intended for publication
When appropriate, enforces the company's intellectual property rights through investigation of competitors' products and supports negotiation of favorable intellectual property licenses and litigation

Qualifications:
Advanced degree in organic chemistry, Ph.D. preferred
Must be registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
J.D. and bar admission in at least one state
At least 5-6 years experience with an emphasis on small molecule patent prosecution
At least 3 years of law firm experience
2-3 years of in-house pharmaceutical company experience preferred, including management of a complex IP portfolio and experience managing high volume intellectual property workflow
Knowledge of small molecule pharmaceutical patent strategy including 505(b)(1), 505(b)(2) and ANDA related proceedings strongly preferred

Capabilities:
The ability to work both in a strategic high-level project mode, as well as tactically, including the capability and willingness to "roll up one's sleeves" regularly
Understands the interrelationship between the legal, scientific and business aspects of intellectual property and the use of IP to further the company's business goals
Demonstrates business partner orientation and ability to recognize and to respond quickly, clearly and pragmatically to urgent situations
Excellent interpersonal skills that are demonstrated by being articulate, direct and forthright, and serving as a collaborative and decisive team member and a strategic thinker with a broad perspective
Ability to manage and prioritize multiple matters simultaneously and to respond to rapidly shifting priorities in ambiguous or challenging situations
Comfortable and adept at balancing risk and opportunity
At home in a results-driven, highly accountable environment where you can make a clear impact
A team player, who listens effectively and invites response and discussion
A collaborator who communicates in an open, clear, complete, timely and consistent manner
All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

WHO WE ARE:
Blueprint Medicines' mission is to dramatically improve the lives of patients with genomically defined diseases. Our singular focus is to use our deep understanding of the genetic blueprint of cancer and other diseases driven by the abnormal activation of kinases to craft highly selective medicines aimed at eradicating these diseases.

We don't think in small steps. We think in giant leaps.

We are driven by the pursuit of new ideas, new innovations, and new ways of thinking.

We know that what each and every one of us does matters and that our success depends on our ability to work together. We believe we are at our best as a company when our employees are thriving and foster a culture that provides opportunities to grow and develop professionally, while also having fun.

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