Patent Counsel
Rockville , Maryland
October 16, 2017
Basic qualifications:
JD from an accredited US law school
Admission to at least one state bar
Admitted to practice before the US Patent & Trademark Office
2-5 years' experience in patent law (law firm or corporate)
Excellent communication skills both written and oral.
Proficiency with MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

Preferred qualifications:
Advanced degree in a biological science or research experience
Prior experience in Life Sciences Industry
Demonstrated interpersonal, negotiating, and communication skills
Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and address issues beyond those raised
Demonstrated client management skills and the ability to deal confidently with the client and legal function colleagues at a senior level

Company Overview:
GSK has a 150-year legacy of helping to transform the health, lives and futures of millions of people around the world. We're a science-led healthcare company with more than 100,000 people working in 115 countries. Each year we produce around 4 billion packs of medicine, nearly 900 million doses of vaccine and more than 18 billion packs of consumer healthcare products. Our focus of helping people do more, feel better and live longer is at the center of all that we aim to do.

Job Purpose:
Manage a portfolio of world-wide patent applications primarily relating to Vaccines and other biological areas, including drafting new applications, prosecution at USPTO, management of prosecution by agents in other countries. Counsel R&D project teams on patent issues.

Key Job Responsibilities:
Liaise with R&D project teams to identify patentable inventions
Provide analysis and counsel on intellectual property aspects of research, transactional and commercial issues -integrating legal knowledge with sound business understanding
Anticipate and proactively support the prevention and management of legal risks facing the company
Assist in litigation efforts in support of the company's position
Conduct or coordinate research on legal issues
Work with or manage activities of external legal counsel on legal matters before the company
Assist in drafting licenses, contracts and other legal documents
Review business, scientific, commercial, and sales/marketing documents/communications and advise on appropriate strategy/language to manage intellectual property risk while maximizing business benefit
Assist in due diligence efforts on proposed business transactions
Support R&D investments by identifying relevant third party intellectual property, evaluating risk, and implementing an appropriate strategy to mitigate this risk (e.g. opposition or litigation work and/or licensing, including developing cross-licensing strategies, to ensure freedom to operate)


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A little about us:
We are a science-led global healthcare company on a mission to help people to do more, feel better and live longer.

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