Sr Counsel – Patent, Medicinal Chemistry / Small Molecules

  • Company: Amgen
  • Posted: January 12, 2017
  • Reference ID: R-26136
Amgen is searching for a Senior Counsel - Patent, Medicinal Chemistry / Small Molecules in our Intellectual Property and Litigation group. This role can be based at our main corporate campus in Thousand Oaks, CA, or our site in Cambridge, MA.
The Senior Counsel will develop, implement and execute a global intellectual property strategy for Amgen's therapeutic products and product candidates (e.g., small molecules and peptides), including polymorphs, formulations, process development or manufacturing methods relating to Amgen's pipeline and in-line products.
Responsibilities will include identifying patentable subject matter; drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications worldwide; conducting prior art searches; analyzing patents and preparing freedom-to-operate opinions; conducting due diligence in support of licensing activities; negotiating and drafting research agreements; analyzing trademark and copyright issues; providing legal advice and counsel to R&D and business personnel on a variety of IP related matters; assisting with litigation-related matters and challenging/defending patents in PTAB, opposition, and other forums.
The Senior Counsel will work individually and in legal teams and cross-functional R&D and business teams.
Basic Qualifications:
J.D. degree or LL.M. degree from an ABA accredited law school, admission to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction and four (4) years of experience practicing intellectual property law
Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Preferred Qualifications:
7+ years of experience practicing patent or intellectual property law
Experience in all aspects of U.S. and foreign intellectual property law relating to small molecules/medicinal or organic chemistry at a law firm or pharmaceutical/biotechnology/chemical corporation
An advanced degree such as a Master's or Ph.D. in organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry or biochemistry
Excellent analytic, legal drafting and oral and written communication skills
Strong management and leadership skills as well as a strong client service focus and the ability to work independently and in teams; ability to work efficiently, to prioritize workflow, to meet demanding deadlines, and to manage multi-dimensional projects in a fast-paced environment
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.
Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.
Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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