Director, Legal & Intellectual Property

Broad Institute


Job Description

The Broad Institute stands on the leading edge of biomedical research, with a mission to broadly disseminate discoveries and information to the scientific community and general public. The Broad’s research is pursued through a blend of academic and industrial-scale production of genetic, biological and chemical outputs, with scientists from Broad, MIT, Harvard and the Harvard-affiliated hospitals working side-by-side.

The Director, Legal & IP will be responsible for leading and directing the IP function of the Institute, in order to identify, secure, protect and defend the Broad’s intellectual assets, and providing leadership across the Legal team, with the purpose of adding meaningful value to the Broad’s mission and goals.  In this role, the Director, Legal & IP will collaborate closely with the General Counsel, Operations (GCO), and Chief Business Officer (CBO), with input from the Special Advisor to the Director, to inform and advise senior leadership regarding opportunities and risks in all areas of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, designs, protection of research materials and information.  Additionally, the Director, Legal & IP will partner with Institute investigators and program and platform directors to develop and implement IP strategies.  The Director, Legal & IP will also partner with internal transactions counsel and members of the business development team to address licensing and other matters related to the Institute’s technology commercialization efforts. Further, the Director, Legal & IP will direct the efforts of outside patent prosecution counsel and work with external litigation counsel, affiliate institutions and internal stakeholders to manage prosecution and litigation strategies related to IP.  This position will report to the GCO and be a key member of the Institute’s Office of Strategic Alliances and Partnering (OSAP).

For this role, Broad seeks an energetic, insightful patent attorney with 10+ years of relevant experience, strong business sense, and demonstrated management and leadership skills to join a collaborative team, with a focus on the strategic oversight of a diverse and rapidly growing patent portfolio.


  • Provide lead IP legal support: Work closely with senior leadership to understand the needs of the Institute and offer guidance on intellectual property matters, in addition to implementing an intellectual property strategy aligned with the Broad’s mission and goals

  • Lead, manage and mentor the Institute’s IP legal team

  • Oversee and manage the Broad’s intellectual property portfolio

  • Evaluate scientific and novel aspects of Broad inventions and patentability

  • Manage patenting process for inventions generated from multi-disciplinary research and often jointly-owned by multiple Broad partner institutions, including management of process, costs/budget and attorney selection

  • Work closely with CBO, GCO and OSAP team to identify optimal IP and commercialization strategies, with input from scientific leadership, institutional leadership, and external advisors, as appropriate

  • Partner with the Chief Development Officer and Senior Director, Office of Sponsored Research on grant-related IP matters

  • Maintain patent portfolios strategically and cost-effectively in the appropriate geographies, which will include identifying IP rights of high value to Broad and potential synergies across portfolios

  • Oversee OSAP’s government reporting and compliance effort

  • Effectively and regularly communicate with Broad investigators and tech transfer offices of Broad partner institutions

  • Provide education to the Broad community on intellectual property matters

  • Manage outside intellectual property counsel

  • Manage the Institute’s IP budget

  • Draft and negotiate the intellectual property-related terms of the Institute’s complex strategic agreements

  • Support alliance management and serve as a member of the JPCs for key partnerships

  • Generally promote and support Broad policies, procedures, mission, values and ethics


  • JD/PhD in life sciences required.

  • 10+ years of relevant experience, preferably with a combination of experience at a major law firm and in-house at a corporate legal department and/or an academic institution.

  • Experience managing a significant and rapidly-growing patent portfolio and establishing effective and efficient processes to identify, capture and strategically manage intellectual assets.

  • Direct patent prosecution experience a plus.

  • Experience managing and leading effective teams.

  • Significant corporate and academic transactional and contract negotiation experience, with a focus on intellectual property and scientific collaborations.

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze legal, institutional and commercial risks and propose creative solutions.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills (written and verbal).

  • Strong organizational, problem-solving and analytical skills.

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines.

  • Versatility, flexibility and a willingness to work with constantly changing priorities.

  • Team player who can work independently and thrives on a fast-paced and demanding environment.

  • A passion for science and experience with early-stage biomedical technologies including therapeutics, diagnostics and research tools.

  • Entrepreneurial, self-starter and highly independent.

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