Job title
Administrative Assistant, European Patents

We have a vacancy within the European Patent Department which sits within Intellectual Property Department of Merck Sharp & Dohme. The department works closely colleagues in the USA to ensure high quality patent protection is obtained for medicines developed by the company.

Position Overview

The role supports three European Patent Attorneys within the department. Reporting to a patent attorney (or to the Head of Department during maternity leaves) the role is responsible for ensuring the preparation and submission of essential patent prosecution documents. The task is carried out in close collaboration with formalities staff who also sit in the department.


The main responsibilities in the role will be as follows. 

  • Producing documents facilitating prosecution of patents by: typing letters, such as office action responses; amending patent descriptions; retyping claims; producing papers for regional phasing PCT applications at the EPO; and uploading documents to the EPO’s CMS system.
  • Providing administrative support to three European Patent Attorneys by: monitoring action lists in collaboration with the European Patent Attorneys; travel booking; and expense claims.
  • Opportunities to develop formalities skills in collaboration with the formalities department who use the IP Manager database.
  • Familiarity with chemical and biological structures would be an advantage.

Skills and role competencies

  • Excellent English and word processing skills.
  • Familiarity with Office 365 programs.
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to respond quickly to changing priorities.
  • Basic knowledge of patent procedures and document requirements.
  • Familiarity with chemical and biological structures would be an advantage.

Please apply using this link.

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Company Details

MSD is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where MSD has codified its 125-year legacy. MSD’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

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