You will be in close proximity to your internal clients, thus maximising the efficiency of communication and fostering a strong sense of collaboration. You will be assigned a mixed portfolio of projects, at various stages of the preclinical and clinical pipeline – suffice it to say, you will have a diet of work which will be varied and challenging.
The first six to twelve months will be spent understanding the culture of the business and assimilating the various technologies within the Vienna site. You join a team of attorneys and paralegal support who will be there to support you and guide you through the myriad of IP issues. As you develop your understanding of each project under your charge, you must adopt a good appreciation of the competitive pressures and be able to advise from a commercial viewpoint whilst also ensuring maximum optimisation and exploitation of the innovation.
Your reporting line will be to the Head of Patents who will facilitate your transition into the department and will be there to support you when needed but the expectation is that each patent attorney working for Boehringer Ingelheim can do so in an autonomous, empowered manner with minimal supervision. You become the expert advisor for the projects under your charge.