Intellectual Property Specialist

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Intellectual Property Specialist 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.

University Health Network (UHN) is Canada’s largest research hospital, consisting of six research institutes located within the hospital system encompassing Princess Margaret, Toronto General, Toronto Rehabilitation, Toronto Western and the Michener Institute, all affiliated with the University of Toronto. 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.

Technology Development & Commercialization 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.

In order to strengthen our patent prosecution capabilities, we are recruiting an experienced Intellectual Property Specialist to join our office located in the prestigious MaRS Center in Toronto’s Discovery District, working with a team of IP experts and a budget for external patent costs of over half a million dollars per year. The ideal candidate will be an individual with a keen interest in biotechnology, excellent organizational skills, and strengths in Intellectual Property protection and management, who can work effectively with a range of people from business development professionals to legal counsel and, as such, has well-honed skills in patent preparation and prosecution, client management, and team dynamics.

The Intellectual Property Specialist is an important member of the TDC team, with a key role as a point-of-contact for research personnel, external patent counsel and other TDC staff, in matters of intellectual property assets. The main activities include: preparation and prosecution of patent applications taking into account ongoing commercialization goals (e.g. PCT conversions/national phase entry); pre-grant analysis and searches relevant to the prior art, search and examination, appeals and abandonment as well as post-grant prosecution, reexamination and interference; maintaining accurate records in the in house patent database; engaging in IP portfolio review, and generating occasional reports on metrics related to the patent estate.

The right candidate should have at least three years practical and related experience and registration as a Canadian or US Patent Agent would be an asset. Completion of a Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant scientific field such as Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or Engineering or equivalent, and experience with 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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