Senior Counsel - Patent - Biosimilar/Innovator Biologics

Thousand Oaks, CA, US
Nov 27, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Amgen is searching for a Senior Counsel - Patent - Biosimilar/Innovator Biologics in our Intellectual Property and Litigation group.

The position is based at Amgen's corporate headquarters campus in Thousand Oaks, California, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the position can initially be based remotely until staff in this role return to work at the Thousand Oaks site.

The Senior Counsel will develop, implement and execute a market access strategy for Amgen's biosimilar and/or innovator molecules, including freedom-to-operate analyses for drug substance, drug product, formulations, processes, and methods of treatment. The Senior Counsel will work in all aspects of intellectual property, especially in identification of relevant patents, conducting searches for prior art, analyzing third party patents, developing persuasive legal arguments, drafting opinions, working with experts, and performing other pre-litigation activities. Other responsibilities for the Senior Counsel could include related worldwide patent procurement and patent litigation support.

Other responsibilities for the Senior Counsel could also include developing and implementing global freedom-to-operate strategies for Amgen products in collaboration with other in-house attorneys. This could include ensuring consistency among arguments in multiple countries.

The Senior Counsel will also be responsible for developing and counseling others on intellectual property strategies associated with Amgen's business and research endeavors.

The Senior Counsel will work individually, in legal teams, and in cross-functional business teams.

10% domestic and global travel anticipated.

Basic Qualifications:

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

Preferred Qualifications:

7+ years of experience practicing patent or intellectual property law.

Enthusiasm for joining a cutting-edge biosimilar practice group at a leading biotechnology company.

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

Experience in U.S. and/or foreign adversarial proceedings (such as patent litigation, Inter Partes Reviews, Post Grant Reviews, or oppositions), including experience developing and implementing a global freedom-to-operate strategy.

Undergraduate degree in the sciences and a working understanding of molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, structural biology, pharmaceutics, or chemical engineering. Preferably, an advanced degree, such as a Master's or Ph.D., or research experience in one of these areas.

Excellent judgement, analytical skills, legal drafting and oral and written communication skills.

Strong management and client counseling skills. Ability to work independently and in teams, navigate through ambiguity, work efficiently, prioritize workflow, meet fast-paced deadlines, and manage multifaceted 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 uses 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.

At Amgen, contributions are recognized - and strong performance is rewarded. Regularly recognized as a "Best Place to Work," we enable staff to chart their own career paths based on their unique talents by offering meaningful assignments, active career development, mentoring and individual rewards.


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If you're seeking a career where you can truly make a difference in the lives of others, a career where you can work at the absolute forefront of biotechnology with the top minds in the field, you'll find it at Amgen.

Amgen, a biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. Our medicines have helped millions of patients in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses.

As an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world, Amgen fosters an inclusive environment of diverse, ethical, committed and highly accomplished people who respect each other but compete intensely to win. Together, we live the Amgen values as we continue advancing science to serve patients.

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.