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Sr Director, Head of IP (Cambridge/Bedford)

  • Thursday, June 11, 2020 4:28 PM
    Message # 9031464

    Sr Director, Head of Intellectual Property

    ProfessionalBedford, Bedford, MA, US+1 MORE LOCATIONS

    30+ days agoRequisition ID: 1023


    Company Overview: 

    Stoke Therapeutics is a biotechnology company working to increase gene expression to treat a wide array of rare diseases, including genetic conditions affecting the central nervous system, eye, and liver. For more information visit 

    Job Summary

    Stoke Therapeutics is seeking a Senior Director/Head of Intellectual Property to help build and manage Stoke's internal patent preparation and prosecution capabilities to support the development of life-changing therapies using Stoke‚Äôs proprietary TANGO technology. In addition, this individual will have responsibility for managing intellectual property matters critical to Stoke's success, counseling senior Stoke business leaders, managing IP disputes, patent portfolio strategy and management, outside counsel budgets and performance, IP competitive intelligence, and due diligence in support of business development transactions. The successful candidate will have significant depth of experience in diverse aspects of patent law practice, high technical competency in the life sciences, and will be adept at serving as a trusted business advisor. This position is based in Bedford or Cambridge, Massachusetts and will report directly to the Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer.  

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Lead the growth and management of Stoke's internal patent preparation and prosecution capabilities, including developing procedures and best practices. 
    • Develop strategies to develop and protect Stoke's intellectual property assets (including its portfolio of in-licensed foundational IP for TANGO, as well as new IP directed to therapeutic applications of TANGO, development candidates, research findings and other related subject matter). 
    • Analyze relevant third-party IP and advise on potential pathways for managing against risks. 
    • Implement and lead IP strategy for R&D project teams and establish positive working relationships with the R&D project teams by acting as their advisor on a variety of IP related issues. 
    • Oversee outside counsel in prosecuting worldwide patent applications, conduct patentability and freedom to operate assessments, and manage IP disputes. 
    • Lead IP due diligence, IP review and IP agreement negotiation support for Stoke's business development activities working collaboratively with Business Development, CMC & Manufacturing, and external counsel. 
    • Develop and continually expand a thorough understanding of Stoke's current and planned business activities, programs, competitors, and markets and keep abreast of developing legal trends, laws and regulations. 
    • Provide patentability and FTO opinions in support of R&D project teams and Business Development transactions. 
    • Assist in the negotiation and drafting of collaboration, licensing and other agreements. 
    • Educate and advise colleagues on global intellectual property issues.  

    Required Skills and Qualifications

    • JD or equivalent, registered patent attorney, and at least 10+ years post-law school experience. 
    • Ph.D. or scientific degree in a relevant biological science (e.g., Biochemistry, Molecular Biology). 
    • IP practice experience in both a law firm and a bio/pharmaceutical corporate setting. 
    • IP experience with antisense, oligonucleotides, gene therapies and/or DNA/RNA-based therapeutics a plus. 
    • Ability to work collaboratively with other Legal department members and with the R&D organization, and successfully manage outside counsel. 
    • Must have excellent interpersonal, decision making and communication skills. 
    • Must have ability to manage multiple competing demands and prioritize effectively. 
    • Must have exceptional intellectual capacity and agility; business counseling gravitas; and demonstrated capabilities in establishing business practices to manage legal and other risks.  

      Compensation: Compensation will be highly competitive for the industry and commensurate with experience. 

      Locations: Cambridge, MA / Bedford, MA  

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