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Counsel, Patent Prosecution

Lake County, Illinois
Start date
Feb 12, 2024

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Regulatory, Legal/Compliance
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Details

AbbVie is searching for an in-house patent prosecution Counsel for our Intellectual Property Prosecution group. This position will be based in our North Chicago headquarters location with a hybrid work model (on site 3+ days/week).

Acting individually and in cross-functional teams, the in-house Counsel will develop and implement intellectual property strategies for AbbVie’s products and product candidates. 


  • Maximize AbbVie’s competitive position through creation and implementation of intellectual property strategies
  • Provide legal advice and counsel to cross-functional R&D and business teams on a variety of IP-related matters
  • Draft, file, and prosecute strategically useful patent applications worldwide both directly and through management of outside counsel
  • Challenge and defend patents in IPR, opposition, interference, and other post-grant proceedings
  • Conduct prior art searches, analyze third-party patent positions, and conduct due diligence to support business development activities


  • JD degree from an accredited law school, state bar admission enabling in-house practice (specific state not required), and registration to practice before the USPTO
  • 3+ years of experience practicing patent law as an attorney or patent agent at a law firm and/or life sciences company, including substantial U.S. and foreign patent prosecution
  • Technical background relevant for pharmaceutical patent prosecution, such as:
    • Experience with small molecule and/or biological pharmaceutical discovery & development, and/or
    • Technical degree in relevant field, such as molecular biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, or biomedical engineering
  • Strong legal, analytical, communication, collaboration, and people skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects to meet deadlines

AbbVie is committed to operating with integrity, driving innovation, transforming lives, serving our community, and embracing diversity and inclusion. It is AbbVie’s policy to employ qualified persons of the greatest ability without discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected group status.


AbbVie’s mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people’s lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women’s health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Stock Symbol: ABBV

Stock Exchange: NYSE

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1 North Waukegan Road
North Chicago

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