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Director, Global IP, Zug Switzerland

If interested and qualified, please include Requisition # 2017-220 in the subject line when emailing resume to:

For more information on CRISPR Therapeutics, please click here.

Position Summary

CRISPR Therapeutics is seeking a Director of Global Intellectual Property who would be based in Zug, Switzerland, and would play a key role in IP development, defense, licensing, contracts and related matters. This position would report directly to and work closely with the Chief Legal Officer of the CRISPR group, who is based in Zug and London. The Director of Global IP would also be closely involved with the R&D team and associated counsel and patent agent in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as partners, collaborators, and outside counsel worldwide.


  • Strategize and help lead the global development of a portfolio of in-licensed foundational IP for CRISPR-Cas9, as well as new IP directed to therapeutic applications of CRISPR-Cas9
  • Analyze relevant third-party IP and advise on potential pathways for managing against risks
  • Direct outside patent counsel in Europe and other jurisdictions globally on filing and prosecution matters
  • Provide patentability and FTO opinions in support of Business Development and R&D project teams
  • Support contentious efforts in European, US and other patent offices and court systems
  • Assist in the negotiation and drafting of collaboration, licensing and other agreements
  • Educate and advise colleagues on global intellectual property issues

Minimum Qualifications

  • European Patent Attorney with significant prior legal experience in the biotechnology and/or pharmaceutical fields
  • 10+ years of experience in IP portfolio development and management (including preparing, prosecuting and defending technically relevant patent applications) at a highly regarded law firm and/or corporate law department
  • Scientific degree in a relevant biological science (e.g., Biochemistry, Molecular Biology)
  • Strategic management of a global IP portfolio
  • Experience with European opposition proceedings and other post-grant review procedures

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preparation of IP opinions regarding patentability and freedom to operate
  • Experience with global contentious matters (including oppositions, revocations, litigation, U.S. interferences)
  • IP experience with gene therapies and/or DNA/RNA-based therapeutics
  • Management of patent attorneys and/or agents and coordination of IP counsel globally
  • Advisory role to R&D teams and senior management regarding strategic IP development
  • Experience with IP licenses and other contracts
  • Ph.D. and research experience in a relevant biological science


  • Strategic Development and Execution – Able to develop and execute strategies that advance IP in support of overall scientific and business objectives
  • Effective Presentation and Teamwork – Able to effectively express ideas in written and oral context, to work attentively and productively with other team members and internal clients, and manage toward achievement of team and organizational goals
  • Efficient Management of Outside Legal Resources – Understands law firms and other legal service providers and optimises services from a cost:benefit perspective
  • Technical and Legal Proficiency – Maintains and enhances technical and professional knowledge related to the development and defense of IP globally
  • Adaptability/Flexibility – Able to work effectively within a variety of situations, proactively recognizes and addresses existing or emerging risks, adapts to changes both internally and in the broader/external context

If interested and qualified, please include Requisition # 2017-220 in the subject line when emailing resume to:

For more information on CRISPR Therapeutics, please click here.