Senior IP Clerk (Patent Docketing)

  • AstraZeneca
  • Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 13, 2024
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Patent Agent

Job Description

Senior IP Clerk (Patent Docketing)

Hybrid Work- on average 3 days/week from our Mississauga office


AstraZeneca is shaping the future of healthcare by expanding our global presence and harnessing innovation to make an even greater impact on society and the planet. As part of this vision, we are thrilled to announce the establishment of a new Legal Operations Centre in Mississauga, Canada. This state-of-the-art hub will centralize our Legal operational functions, promoting collaboration, knowledge sharing, and the integration of cutting-edge technology. Situated in a region renowned for its healthcare focus and proximity to top-tier talent and research facilities, our new centre is set to become a cornerstone of AstraZeneca's 2030 Bold Ambition. Join us in this exciting new chapter as we build sustainable, digitally enabled workplaces designed to inspire and empower our teams to deliver life-changing medicines to the world.


Protecting our intellectual property is at the core of AstraZeneca’s future success. Join our team as a Senior IP Clerk where you will provide essential and specialized support relating to the filing, procurement, and maintenance of patent applications and patents throughout all phases of US, European, and international patent prosecution. You will be part of a collaborative, close-knit team that takes pride in its meticulous attention to detail and expertise in patent procurement.


Typical Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for the daily docketing of all patent-related correspondence received from foreign agents, outside counsel, and patent offices worldwide, including the US Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office.

  • You will also process all outgoing correspondence related to AstraZeneca’s patent portfolio and update our docketing system accordingly.

  • Maintaining our electronic patent prosecution files in our document management system.

  • Mentor and train Docketing Coordinators and work on docketing-related projects as required or requested by the IP group.


Essential Skills/Experience:

  • At least 5 years of patent docketing experience, including US and international patent docketing experience.

  • Knowledge of US and foreign patent prosecution processes.

  • Proficiency in industry-standard docketing systems and document management systems.

  • Knowledge of patent annuity payment processes.

  • Excellent attention to detail.

  • Proficiency in Outlook, Adobe, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams (or similar videoconferencing system).

  • Ability to work in a paper-free, open-space environment.

  • Proactive, flexible to change and varying workloads, able to work well under pressure.

  • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment.

  • Ability to interact professionally with all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to foster a positive and energized working environment.


Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • In-depth knowledge of industry docketing systems.

  • Knowledge of DeskSite or iManage document management systems.

  • Familiarity with pharmaceutical patent prosecution, including supplementary protection certificates and patent term extensions.


Recognizing the importance of individualized flexibility, our ways of working allow employees to balance personal and work commitments while ensuring we continue to create a strong culture of collaboration and teamwork by engaging face-to-face in our offices 3 days a week. Our head office is purposely designed with collaboration in mind, providing space where teams can come together to strategize, brainstorm and connect on key projects.


Great People want to Work with us! Find out why:

  • GTAA Top Employer Award for 10 years

  • Top 100 Employers Award

  • Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Culture

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AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion and providing a workplace that is free from discrimination. AstraZeneca is committed to accommodating persons with disabilities. Such accommodation is available on request in respect of all aspects of the recruitment, assessment and selection process and may be requested by emailing