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Inhouse Counsel Ip Prosecution

Company name

AbbVie Inc.

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Date Last Verified

Jan 11,2019

Valid Through

Apr 26,2019

Posted on

Jul 27,2018

Years of Experience

Min 3 yrs required


Redwood City, CA, United States

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Practice Area
Intellectual Property >> Intellectual Property - Patent >> Intellectual Property - Patent - Life Sciences >> Biochemistry
Intellectual Property >> Intellectual Property - Patent >> Intellectual Property - Patent - Life Sciences >> Biotechnology
Intellectual Property >> Intellectual Property - Patent >> Intellectual Property - Patent - Life Sciences >> Molecular Biology
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In-House Counsel - IP Prosecution
The candidate help foster and grow the company’s intellectual property group, with a particular focus on large molecule assets and/or small molecule chemistry. Will be a results-oriented, self-starter who can participate in strategic planning and implementation of patent preparation and prosecution strategies as well as due diligence projects. Working both individually and in cross-functional teams, the attorney will develop and implement intellectual property strategies for company’s therapeutic products, clinical candidates, and late-stage development assets. Will have opportunities to develop in-depth expertise in various aspects of biological and chemical sciences in the medicinal field. Interacting closely with the company’s business groups and scientists, the attorney will provide guidance on patent law and strategies to procure, preserve and protect the company`s intellectual property. The ideal candidate will be an integral and invaluable member of the business and provide pivotal guidance to facilitate the discovery and innovative approaches to patient health. Responsibilities include: Working with scientific teams to identify patentable subject matter; drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications worldwide both directly and through management of outside counsel; conducting prior art searches; analyzing third-party patent positions; conducting due diligence in support of licensing activities; providing legal advice and counsel to cross-functional R&D and business teams on a variety of IP related matters; and challenging/defending patents in IPR, opposition, interference and other proceedings. Support R&D teams at the South San Francisco, Redwood City and Sunnyvale locations and will primarily focus on the discovery and development of biologic and small molecule therapeutics for oncology indications.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have JD degree from an accredited law school, state bar admission and registration to practice before the USPTO. Must have 3+ years of experience practicing patent law at a law firm and/or biopharmaceutical company, including substantial U.S. and foreign patent prosecution. Technical background should include experience and/or advanced degree in relevant field, such as biotechnology, molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry, genetics, chemical engineering or pharmacology; experience with pharmaceutical development preferable. Should have strong legal, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills. Must have experience with preparation and prosecution of patent applications for both biologic and small molecule therapeutic candidates, and experience in defending patents in post-grant proceedings before national patent offices in the U.S. and abroad.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
AbbVie Inc.
1 N Waukegan Rd
North Chicago, IL 60064

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