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Intellectual Property Lead (Patent Agent) - Toronto, Ontario

Job Posting #834338

Position: Intellectual Property Lead (Patent Agent)
Site: MaRS – Heritage Building
Department: Technology Development & Commercialization (TDC)
Reports to: TDC Director
Salary range: Commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN Compensation Policy
Status: Permanent Full-Time

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Intellectual Property Lead (Patent Agent) in our Technology Development & Commercialization (TDC) Department.

Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning.

The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.

University Health Network (UHN) is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN have made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. Research across UHN's five research institutes spans the full spectrum of diseases and disciplines, including cancer, cardiovascular sciences, transplantation, neural and sensory sciences, musculoskeletal health, rehabilitation sciences, and community and population health. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.

UHN has a proud history of innovative research and important discoveries and considers innovation and the commercial development of intellectual property (IP) to be integral to its purpose of transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning. Technologies discovered and developed at UHN, have formed the basis for many global products and services including pharmaceuticals, biologicals, devices, and diagnostics and represent the foundational IP of spin-out companies which have generated a combined market valuation well over a billion dollars (i.e. Northern Biologics, AvroBio, Blue Rock, and Acumyn). The basic research initiatives and translational expertise of UHN’s research and clinical investigators generate a large and growing portfolio of opportunities for corporate partnerships and new ventures.

TDC is the team at UHN that facilitates the translation of hospital research innovations into new medical products and technologies. As one of the most successful technology transfer offices in North America, we aspire to have significant impact aligned with UHN’s purpose, values and principles. Located at the heart of Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District, TDC professionals manage the intellectual property developed by research scientists and clinicians and work with industry partners and investors to maximize the value of the technology to improve world heath and sustain medical research. TDC consolidates separate business functions (licensing, research agreement contracting, patenting, marketing, alliance management, accelerator fund management, commercial analysis and company formation) in a unified office to facilitate interactions with corporate partners, and embeds dedicated Principle Business Development and Commercialization staff at UHN Research Institutes to coordinate activities between TDC and these centers of innovation.

We are recruiting a Patent Agent to join our office at the MaRS center in Toronto’s Discovery District.

The ideal candidate will be an ambitious and results-oriented individual who is experienced with protecting inventions in the field of biomedical research and can work effectively with a range of people from scientists and inventors to business development professionals and legal experts and, as such, possesses solid technical knowledge, excellent communication skills and great team dynamics.

The Intellectual Property Lead is a key member of the TDC team, with a leadership role in protecting the largest Intellectual Property (IP) estate in a Canadian research hospital. Key responsibilities include: stewardship of the patent portfolio and the IP Policy; development of IP strategy in areas of cell and gene therapy, medical devices, digital health, diagnostics and drug discovery; management of a budget for external patent costs of over half a million dollars per year, and management of a small team of IP experts.

Accreditation in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is required, and additional certification in the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) would be a plus. Preferably candidate will have Master’s Degree or equivalent in a relevant field of science, with broad knowledge of the biomedical sciences and at least 2 years practical experience post-accreditation as either a patent agent or patent attorney, with significant experience in drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications covering one or more of life science, biotech, medical device, and other healthcare related technologies. Patent filing strategy experience is an asset. Familiarity with the database applications is highly desired.

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

Posted Date: June 27, 2019                  Closing Date: Until filled

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

UHN thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

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