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Senior Counsel, IP Litigation

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Gaithersburg, MD
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Position Type:
Full time
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Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
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Job Description

Location: Gaithersburg,
United States
Job reference: R-007961

Posted date: May. 25, 2017

Senior Counsel, IP Litigation

At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We’re focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we think we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life.
As a Senior Counsel, IP Litigation, based in Gaithersburg, MD, you’ll be responsible for the strategy, management and budgeting of significant global patent litigation matters. It is an exciting role in a high performing, high impact team. You will work independently and proactively and will report directly to the Deputy General Counsel, IP Litigation. You have the experience and judgment to be able to identify and manage significant risks on your own initiative.

A Senior Counsel at AstraZeneca is expected to act as a leader and role model. The position has a direct impact on business activities with significant potential reputational and financial value and risk to the business.

The role in more detail

A Senior Counsel in the IP Litigation group of is responsible for:

• developing and driving IP litigation strategies, including through the selection and management of external counsel;
• effectively influencing, communicating and negotiating with internal and external stakeholders; and
• setting budgets and effectively managing outside counsel and vendors to ensure we meet or beat our budgets; developing and implementing initiates to reduce and control the expenditure of external legal costs in a prudent manner.

All lawyers at AstraZeneca are expected to:

• demonstrate commitment to AstraZeneca’s objectives and values;
• be a leader amongst AstraZeneca’s senior management and departmental colleagues, and a Legal business partner to senior clients;
• demonstrate excellent collaboration with other colleagues;
• provide succinct, clear, value-adding and proactive legal advice to mitigate present and potential risks and exposures;
• stay abreast of legal developments to maintain and share a “big picture” perspective;
• maintain focus on AstraZeneca’s business priorities, including during periods of sustained pressure;
• actively seek to improve existing ways of working;
• educate and train colleagues in Legal and the business on important legal issues;
• support and mentor other lawyers and colleagues in AstraZeneca Legal; and
• handle special projects assigned by a Deputy General Counsel or General Counsel.


• Law degree and, preferably, a degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, immunology or a related discipline
• Professional legal qualifications
• 5 plus years relevant patent litigation experience in legal department of corporation or major law firm, preferably with significant pharmaceutical patent litigation experience
• Strong negotiation and counselling skills, and the ability to influence a wide range of stakeholders
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills and experience in effectively working on and collaborating with business teams with ability and willingness to develop these skills further
• Demonstrated evidence of professional maturity and judgment
• Proven record of analysing complex legal problems, delivering effective solutions and dealing effectively with clients and third parties
• The confidence to communicate your strategic vision, motivate colleagues and promote a positive working environment
• Self-awareness and ability to articulate legal issues and considerations and effectively provide advice to business clients

Next Steps -- Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience -- it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity. If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.