Amgen

Senior Counsel - Patent - Biotechnology

Employer
Amgen
Location
Thousand Oaks, CA, US
Posted
Jul 16, 2019
Ref
R-74475
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
Amgen is searching for a Senior Counsel - Patent - Biotechnology in our Intellectual Property and Litigation group. This role can be based at the corporate headquarters in Thousand Oaks, California or Amgen's research sites in South San Francisco, California or Cambridge, Massachusetts. The strong preference is for the role to be based in Thousand Oaks.

The Senior Counsel will develop, implement and execute a global intellectual property strategy for Amgen's therapeutic products and product candidates (e.g., antibodies, siRNAs, dual targeting molecules, immunotherapeutics, or cell-based therapies), including 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 on cross-functional R&D and business teams across various geographies.

Basic Qualifications:

J.D. degree or LL.M. degree from an accredited law school, admission to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction and four (4) years of experience practicing intellectual property law

AND

Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ten or more years of experience practicing patent or intellectual property law

Experience in all aspects of U.S. and foreign intellectual property law relating to biotechnology at a law firm or biotechnology/pharmaceutical corporation

An advanced degree such as a Master's or Ph.D. in molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, or structural biology

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.

Our culture is what makes Amgen a special place to work. We have a powerful shared purpose around our mission - to serve patients. We respect one another, recognize contributions, and have embedded collaboration, trust, empowerment and inclusion in all that we do.