Senior Associate, Life Sciences Regulatory

Intellectual Property & Technology

Job Reference



Intellectual Property & Technology




Sydney, Australia



The role


The DLA Piper team operates globally across more than 40 counties, but we're still locally connected. That's because trusting and collaborative relationships with our clients and each other are at the heart of our success. Giving you the platform to progress in a culture where you are empowered to make a meaningful impact.

We are currently looking for an experienced Intellectual Property Senior Associate with experience in Regulatory and Patent matters to join our team in Sydney. Joining our team will see you work closely with Greg Bodulovic Partner on market leading work, in one of the biggest global law firms. 


Working directly with an experienced and highly regarded team of partners, lawyers and paralegals you will act for local, regional and international clients from a wide variety of sectors, including technology, pharmaceutical and medical.  

You will play a key role in the team working on the full scope of issues relating to both contentious and non-contentious matters. Your role will include working on, patent infringement and patent opposition proceedings, trademark and copyright infringements, drafting and negotiating license agreement and providing support on complex regulatory matters.   


To be considered for this role, you will:

  • Have at least 5 years' post admission experience in intellectual property, ideally with exposure to patent and broader IP litigation and ideally regulatory work in the life sciences sector
  • Be a team player and act as a mentor to junior members of the team
  • Pride yourself on your excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and your consistent delivery of exceptional client service
  • Be well organised, capable of managing your own workload, and flexible in your approach with the ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively; Demonstrate analytical skills and research skills, both of which will contribute to your success in this role

What we offer

  • Market leading work
  • DLA Piper Career Academies, an award-winning international development forum designed to cultivate high performance and support your career goals
  • Competitive bonus scheme and remuneration 
  • Agile working, we recognise that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That's why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.


In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

  • Be Supportive – we care about others, value diversity and act thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative – we give, we share and we join in
  • Be Bold – we stand tall and challenge ourselves to think big
  • Be Exceptional – we exceed standards and expectations


At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do.  We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts. We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities. We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work.

Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams. We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

We support anyone with a disability or long term health condition to ensure they have the opportunity to perform at their best. If you have not done so already, please let us know if you require any support so we can make the right adjustments and considerations should they be required.


We recognise that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That's why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.


In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.