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Sr. Counsel - Biotech Patent Law

Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Start date
Apr 11, 2024

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If you feel like youre part of something bigger, its because you are. At Amgen, our shared missionto serve patientsdrives all that we do. It is key to our becoming one of the worlds leading biotechnology companies. We are global collaborators who achieve togetherresearching, manufacturing, and delivering ever-better products that reach over 10 million patients worldwide. Its time for a career you can be proud of.

Senior Counsel - Biotech Patent Law


What you will do

Lets do this. Lets change the world. In this vital role you will develop, implement, and execute a global intellectual property strategy for protecting Amgens therapeutic products and product candidates (e.g., antibodies, dual targeting molecules, immunotherapeutics, RNA therapies, or cell-based therapies), including formulations, process development, and manufacturing methods relating to Amgens pipeline and in-line products.

Your responsibilities will include:
  • Working closely with Amgen scientists to identify patentable inventions

  • 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

  • Drafting and negotiating research agreements

  • Analyzing trademark and copyright issues

  • Providing legal advice and counsel to R&D and Business partners on a wide range of IP related matters

  • Assisting with litigation-related matters and challenging/defending patents in PTAB, opposition, and other forums

  • You will work individually, in legal teams, and in cross-functional research and business teams across various geographies.

This role will ideally be based in proximity to Amgen's research site in South San Francisco, California, corporate headquarters in Thousand Oaks, California or Cambridge MA and allow for a hybrid work model as well are remote work arrangement provided the ability to work client group hours when needed.


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The dynamic professional we seek is an attorney with these qualifications.

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


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

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ten (10) or more years of experience practicing patent or intellectual property law, including pre-JD experience as a patent agent

  • 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 masters degree 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; strong client service focus; ability to work independently and in teams; ability to work efficiently, to prioritize workflow, meet demanding deadlines, and manage multi-dimensional projects in a fast-paced environment

  • Experience in U.S. and/or foreign adversarial proceedings (such as patent litigation, Inter Partes Reviews, Post Grant Reviews, or oppositions)


What you can expect of us

As we work to develop treatments that take care of others, we also work to care for our teammates professional and personal growth and well-being.

Amgen offers a Total Rewards Plan comprising health and welfare plans for staff and eligible dependents, financial plans with opportunities to save towards retirement or other goals, work/life balance, and career development opportunities including:

  • Comprehensive employee benefits package, including a Retirement and Savings Plan with generous company contributions, group medical, dental and vision coverage, life and disability insurance, and flexible spending accounts.

  • A discretionary annual bonus program, or for field sales representatives, a sales-based incentive plan

  • Stock-based long-term incentives

  • Award-winning time-off plans and bi-annual company-wide shutdowns

  • Flexible work models, including remote work arrangements, where possible

Apply now

for a career that defies imagination

Objects in your future are closer than they appear. Join us.

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider you without regard to your race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


We are all different, yet we have this in common: our mission to serve patients. This sense of shared purpose is key to our becoming one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies. It guides us as we continue to launch new medicines and reach millions of patients worldwide.

We live the mission.

We win together.

We thrive on continual challenge.

Our team of 22,000+ scientists and professionals worldwide bring distinct perspectives and experiences to all we do. We leverage our global talent to achieve together—to research, manufacture and deliver ever-better products and greater depth to our mission.

At Amgen, there is a strong correlation between our high level of diversity and performance. Because addressing issues with a wider range of perspectives and approaches leads to more creative problem-solving. Together, we’re transforming the promise of science and biotechnology into therapies that have the power to restore health.

Connect with us to explore how you can Win, Live, and Thrive at Amgen.

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