VP, Intellectual Property

Company Description
We are a leader in liquid biopsy. Every day we transform the lives of cancer patients and their families through the power of liquid biopsy. Our tests unlock essential genomic information from a simple blood test and allow clinicians to make more informed treatment decisions for their patients.

We are dynamic and innovative, focused on the development of new ground-breaking technologies in a fast-paced and international setting. Our exceptional team of talented and driven individuals work together to combine their energy and expertise in world-class research, product development and commercialization to bring new tests to the patients that need them.

If making a difference is in your DNA and you are ready to join the liquid biopsy revolution, then you could be just the person we are looking for to join our team based in Cambridge, UK!


The Vice President Intellectual Property is responsible for all aspects of the Inivata Intellectual Property (IP) strategy (including defining and delivering on the strategy). This includes maintaining freedom to operate (FTO); protecting core technologies and new product opportunities; developing a strategic offensive/defensive patent portfolio; ensuring all company activities are aligned with the Inivata IP strategy (such as business agreements and publications); enforcing inventors' rights if patents are infringed; and managing any patent disputes.

Key Responsibilities:

Identify patent opportunities to protect Inivata’s core technologies and new product opportunities.
Actively monitor threats to Inivata’s freedom to operate (FTO), and continually evaluate and strengthen Inivata’s FTO IP position.
Evaluate competitor threats and strategic competitive IP opportunities and respond accordingly.
Develop a strategic offensive/defensive patent portfolio.
Work proactively with the Product Development teams to identify, obtain, organize, distil, and communicate critical technical data for use in patent filing.
Draft and prosecute invention filings worldwide, working with external patent agents as required.
Evaluate, negotiate, and draft intellectual property agreements (or relevant sections of agreements) including licensing agreements, partnering agreements, services agreements and development agreements.
Ensure company activities are aligned with the Inivata IP strategy (such as business agreements and publications)
Enforcing inventors' rights if patents are infringed; and
Managing and direct any patent disputes, working with external litigation expertise as required.

HIPAA/GDPR Compliance: Position will

Agree to abide by Employment and Confidentiality Agreements and End User Policies
Commit to stay up to date on training requirements for HIPAA/GDPR
Understand the importance of the proper handling and disposal of ePHI and agrees to follow HIPAA/GDPR Regulations
Abide by the requirements for the proper disposal of equipment containing ePHI
Agree to report breaches and the improper handling of ePHI to the Company’s Privacy and Security Officers
Produce and adhere to proper validation documentation


Bachelor’s degree in a life sciences disciplines, preferably in molecular biology or a closely related field. Advanced degree strongly preferred.
Technical Requirement:

US, UK or European patent attorney qualifications and membership/fellowship/registration with relevant institutes, organisations or patent bodies e.g. EPA, USPTO registered, CIPA, CPA.
Experience in technology evaluation and from this developing and implementing IP exploitation and protection strategies.
Experience in comprehensive FTO strategy and management.
Experience in patent drafting and prosecution of US patents (essential) plus EPO, UK. This could be in conjunction with patent agents or attorneys registered in these territories.
Experience in patent litigation, especially US plus EPO, UK. This could be in conjunction with attorneys registered in these territories.

Skill requirement:

Ready, willing and able to make strategic decisions, and to assume responsibility and accountability.
Strong technical and scientific knowledge and expertise relevant to Inivata’s technology domains, e.g. in molecular biology, molecular genetics and molecular diagnostics, and able to critically evaluate technologies for IP opportunities and vulnerabilities.
Able to analyse large amounts of scientific, legal, and commercial information and reach logical, well-reasoned conclusions. Need to be clear-thinking and rigorous in analyses, critical of data and evidence. Able to take a comprehensive approach, coming to grips with both the details of a situation and its ‘big picture’ implications.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to express complex technical ideas clearly and concisely.
Extreme attention to detail and production of accurate work.
Exceptional interpersonal skills.
Creative and lateral thinking, for instance in patent construction and prosecution, in considering competitor perspective, and in legal disputes.
Strong time management and organisational skills. Able to manage multiple complex strategic elements to meet legal and commercial deadlines, to work quickly, but without loss of accuracy, and able to prioritise and delegate where appropriate. Must be good at independent working, managing workload, and completing tasks on time.
Well-developed interpersonal and teamworking skills.

Other information
Our Values guide all our activities:

We are BOLD with the delivery of cutting edge science.

We are PASSIONATE we love what we do, our purpose and our impact on patients is clear

We are CARING we care for our patients, our partners, customers and colleagues

It is a requirement to have the right to work in the UK

Inivata Limited is based in Cambridge, UK.

No agencies please.


We look forward to reviewing your application!

Application Closing Date: 
17 May