Need help hiring top legal talent? Contact our team.
Company logo

VP, Intellectual Property

Posted Jun 07
Wilmington, Delaware


Incyte is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel medicines to meet serious unmet medical needs in oncology and inflammation and autoimmunity. Incyte is committed to the rigorous pursuit of research and development excellence to improve the lives of patients, make a difference in health care, and build sustainable value.

The Company strives to discover and develop first-in-class and best-in-class medicines-advancing a diverse portfolio of large and small molecules.

Job Summary (Primary Function)

The Vice President, Intellectual Property is accountable for all aspects of Incyte’s global intellectual property strategy and portfolio management. Reporting to the General Counsel, this role works in partnership with various executives, senior leaders, the Legal and Compliance team, Business Development, and the Global Product Strategy Team to design, develop, and drive the implementation of the global IP strategies.

Essential Functions Of The Job (Key Responsibilities)

  • Oversees the global corporate intellectual property estate and strategy to unlock and ensure protection of company's IP assets.
  • Responsible for and manages corporate IP opposition procedures and/or litigation, including Hatch Waxman.
  • Conducts, evaluates, and provides counsel on IP due diligence for business development projects.
  • Manage and directs the team of attorneys and paralegals responsible for the global intellectual property estate.
  • Defines and manages the budget for the global intellectual property estate.
  • Patents: provides legal advice and service on patent and intellectual property including discovery, patentability, validity, and infringement of inventions and/or patents. Manages patent appeal and interference proceedings consistent with company's products and technology. Works with outside counsel to direct activities as required.
  • Trademarks: Oversees and manages the global trademark estate.
  • Agreements: Provides strategic input into contracts involving licensing, acquisitions, third party collaborations, material transfer, sponsored research, third party research services, consulting, confidentiality, and related contract matters. Negotiates and draft patent licenses and other related agreements.
  • Reviews, provides counsel, and sets policy to protect company intellectual property interests in all publications, presentations originating either internally or with third party collaborators, communities and/or suppliers.
  • Conducts and evaluates literature, patent, and file wrapper searches on all subject matter relevant to the company for patentability, validity, and freedom to operate issues.
  • Establishes a rapport and a trusted working relationship with executive management and company personnel at all levels to encourage and continue the proactive use of in-house legal counsel.
  • Provides day-to-day legal advice regarding a wide range of activities and programs related to drug product development and medical affairs.

Qualifications (Minimal acceptable level of education, work experience, and competency)

  • J.D. degree, as well as membership in good standing of at least one state bar; and must be admitted, and in good standing, to practice before the USPTO.
  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. in life sciences, preferably chemistry and/or biology.
  • At least 15 + years of related experience, with 10 years in-house legal or related experience and proven track record in IP management of a pharmaceutical or biotech company.
  • Skilled in talent management and people influencing.
  • Successful management and negotiation skills.
  • Good working knowledge of liability issues.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to communicate concisely to scientists and business partners, to integrate legal and business knowledge and to provide balanced advice regarding risks.
  • Experience partnering with and supporting fast-paced internal partners and business development initiatives to complete transactions; strong organizational skills to prioritize and manage multiple time-sensitive projects simultaneously.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications. Management reserves the right to change or modify such duties as required.

Incyte Corporation is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We Respect Your Privacy

Learn more at:

The Incyte hiring organization processes your personal data to manage your job application in order to enter into an employment relationship with you if you are the successful candidate.

During the process, you may be asked to respond to questions that will screen out your application if you do not meet certain objective criteria required by the job. You can learn more about this process here.

You may have the right to access, delete, restrict, edit, move, or object to the use of your personal data. You may also have a right to report concerns to the authority responsible for data privacy in the country where the position is based or where you live or work.

You can learn more about Incyte’s data protection practices here. By accessing this link you can learn about the types of personal data we collect, how we use it, whether collection and processing is optional, sources of the personal data we process, how it is shared, where it is stored or transferred to, how long we keep it, and contact information for Incyte, Incyte’s data protection officer, and your supervisory authority (if applicable).

Please contact if you have any questions or concerns or would like to exercise your rights.