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Sr. Director, Patents & Litigation

Company: Moderna Theraputics
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

The Role:

This is an outstanding opportunity to join groundbreaking biotechnology leader Moderna, Inc. ("Moderna" or "Company"). Moderna is seeking a Senior Director, Patents & Litigation to join its growing legal team and to report to the SVP, Litigation, with responsibility for the strategic planning and management of IP matters, and in particular to liaise with the Intellectual Property team.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Litigation, the attorney will serve as a key member of the Litigation leadership team. The attorney will help set the Company's patent and litigation strategy, effectively and efficiently manage and resolve IP litigation disputes and patent challenges, and coordinate with finance, corporate communications, and investor relations to ensure appropriate and timely disclosures.

Here's What You'll Do:

  • Partner with Intellectual Property team to provide pre-litigation insights for patenting strategy, with an eye toward identifying and mitigating any risks, and to provide global, strategic counsel to the business regarding patent assessments for the Company's robust pipeline.

  • Manage a docket of global litigation and other patent matters, working strategically with outside counsel, internal legal teams, and the business.

  • Work with finance, government affairs, corporate communications, and investor relations teams to ensure that appropriate proactive disclosures and communications are made.

  • Help drive positive intellectual property policies internally and externally to promote innovation.

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:

  • J.D. from a national law school and admission to any state bar in the United States, or the like equivalent for European applicants.

  • A minimum of 8-10 years of experience handling complex IP challenges and litigations in the biotechnology and/or pharmaceutical industries, with a deep understanding of IP litigation strategy, ideally gained through experience with a top law firm and in an in-house setting.

  • Experience with IPR and EPO proceedings preferred.

  • Experience with prosecuting patents preferred.

  • Demonstrated understanding/experience with international IP litigation landscape/laws a strong plus.

  • Highly strategic mindset and approach to disputes; anticipating future business, competitive, and legal risks and looking for creative solutions and opportunities.

  • Demonstrated business acumen, strong analytical skills, and the ability to grasp important business, legal, and financial issues facing the Company.

  • Outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills, with the ability to build strong relationships across functions and to communicate effectively with senior business leaders, as well as other professionals and colleagues at all levels of an organization.

  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tight deadlines in a high-paced environment.

  • Highly nimble, adaptable, and agile team player with dynamic range, adept at collaborative and strategic decision making, as well as results-oriented execution.

  • Exceptional judgment and ability to quickly assess business challenges, make timely, pragmatic recommendations under pressure, and identify, prioritize, and resolve issues quickly and independently.

  • Sophisticated verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate complex issues in a simple way.

  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, innovative, and high-energy environment without tremendous hierarchy.

  • Unquestioned integrity and judgment, with a demonstrated ability to establish credibility internally and externally.

  • High sense of urgency and commitment to execution.

Here's What We'll Bring to the Table:

  • On-site subsidized cafeteria or catered lunches
  • Company-provided iPhone
  • Free parking, monthly subway pass or a subsidized commuter rail pass
  • Free annual corporate membership to Bluebikes
  • Highly competitive healthcare coverage including: medical offered through BCBS (HMO/PPO), dental, and vision offered through VSP
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
  • 16 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents
  • 16 weeks 100% paid family caregiver leave
  • 20 weeks 100% paid medical leave
  • Eligible for "Moderna Month" (one month paid sabbatical after five years of service and eligible for additional one month paid sabbatical every 3 years thereafter)
  • Adoption assistance and discounts to local childcare centers, as well as access to
  • 401k (traditional and Roth offered) with 50% match on first 6% deferred. Match is vested immediately
  • A suite of Moderna paid insurance coverage, including: life insurance, short-term and long-term disability
  • Voluntary legal assistance plan
  • 15 days' vacation and 7 sick days per year, in addition to a discretionary winter shut down and 11 company paid holidays (includes 2 floating holidays)

About Moderna:

In 10 years since its inception, Moderna has transformed from a science research-stage company advancing programs in the promising-but-still-unproven field of messenger RNA (mRNA), to an enterprise with its first medicine having treated millions of people, a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across six modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas including mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant that allows for both clinical and commercial production at scale and at unprecedented speed. Moderna maintains alliances with a broad range of domestic and overseas government and commercial collaborators, which has allowed for the pursuit of both groundbreaking science and rapid scaling of manufacturing. Most recently, Moderna's capabilities have come together to allow the authorized use of one of the earliest and most-effective vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderna's mRNA platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, and has allowed the development of therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases and auto-immune diseases. Today, 24 development programs are underway across these therapeutic areas, with 13 programs having entered the clinic. Moderna has been named a top biopharmaceutical employer by Science for the past six years. To learn more, visit

Moderna is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free work environment.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.



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