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Chief Patent Counsel The candidate will reports directly to the General Counsel, and will provide legal advice, counsel, and services to ensure that company is protecting its products, while respecting the intellectual property rights of others. Responsibilities: Lead the IP team, ensuring high performance and fostering individual and team development. Responsible for supporting and enhancing a collaborative, innovative and disciplined group. Leading the IP efforts of company in support of company's strategic business interests and drug developments. Partner with company leadership to develop business strategy based on IP landscapes and competitive IP assessments. Provides counsel, direction, policy and procedures for identifying commercially significant IP developments and for cost effectively protecting them. Will have global responsibility and extensive interaction with the General Counsel, Corporate Development and Business Development teams as well as the science teams, in developing and implementing company’s product development, pipeline growth and long-term commercialization programs. Assists in the selection of new in-house IP counsel of strong competence and character; collaborates with in-house and outside counsel in the early analysis of defensive IP litigation matters and disputes to establish a strategy for a timely and cost-effective resolution; Lead attorney and negotiator on strategic agreements.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have J.D. degree, along with a Bachelor’s degree and advanced degree in life sciences (experience with small molecule a must). Admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Should have 10+ years of experience with a combination of practicing in a law firm and within a legal department of a life science company. Knowledge of working on pre-clinical, clinical stage and commercialized programs.
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