Director Intellectual Property

Open for hire at one of the following locations –  Mainz K1. - Job ID: 7584 


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We aim to reduce the suffering of people with life-changing therapies by harnessing the potential of the immune system to develop novel therapies against cancer and infectious diseases. While doing so, we are guided by our three company values: united, innovative, passionate. Get in touch with us if you are looking to be a part of creating hope for a healthy future in many people's lives.


Director Intellectual Property 


Patent Counsel – Infectious Disease




Areas of responsibilities will include:


  • Strategically assist with management of worldwide intellectual property portfolio for both in-licensed and solely owned IP to maximize value and utility of BioNTech assets, and work closely with R&D, Commercial and Business Development teams to identify key invention, strategic IP acquisitions, and life cycle management opportunities.

  • Manage outside counsel and corresponding budget for worldwide prosecution of patent applications, conduct patentability and freedom to operate assessments and other legal opinions and risk assessments.

  • Contribute to and maintain positive relationships with strategic external relationship counterparts.

  • Contribute to the design of IP strategy for R&D project teams and establish positive working relationships with the R&D project teams by acting as their advisor on a variety of IP related issues

  • Provide high level support for due diligence, strategic collaborations, licensing agreements and other business contracting needs.

  • Develop a thorough understanding of BioNTech‘s current and planned business activities, programs, competitors, and markets and keep abreast of developing legal trends, laws and regulations.

  • Educate and advise senior management & scientists on important IP issues and advance IP/patent awareness.

  • Review publications, presentations, press releases and other materials for clearance.




Qualified European patent attorney, and/or US attorney (JD), with at least 5 years of relevant IP experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry, including ideally both firm and in-house experience.

  • Exceptionally strong communicator, supportive interpersonal team player, talented at collaborating cross-functionally to communicate complex information to senior management/R/D and contribute positively to BioNTech‘s culture.

  • Direct experience in biologic patents and managing products through development, marketing approval and post-approval preferred.

  • Must be comfortable participating in all aspects of intellectual property law including drafting applications, prosecuting applications, and portfolio management to meet budget.

  • Practical problem solver with ability to make data informed decisions, confidence in making difficult decisions independently, and demonstrated capabilities in establishing business practices to manage legal and other risks.



Benefits for you

BioNTech is committed to the wellbeing of our team members and offers a variety of benefits in support of our diverse employee base. We offer competitive remuneration packages which is determined by the specific role, location of employment and also the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

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Note: The availability, eligibility and design of the listed benefits may vary depending on the location. The final requirements for the individual use of our benefits are based on the company's internal policies and applicable law.


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