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Senior IP Counsel, Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Biology

Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Start date
May 14, 2024

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Regulatory, Legal/Compliance, Science/R&D, Biology
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
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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 IP Counsel, Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Biology


What you will do

Lets do this! Lets change the world. In this vital role Amgen is looking for an experienced Intellectual Property professional with a solid background in both molecular biology and computer sciences to protect Amgens investment in Generative Biology. Generative Biology harnesses the power of computational modeling to revolutionize the discovery and development of groundbreaking therapies for treating grievous illnesses.

The successful candidate will work individually and in legal teams and on cross-functional R&D and business teams across various geographies and time zones to identify patentable subject matter, create and implement effective IP strategies, assess third party landscapes, draft and prosecute patent applications, direct foreign counsel, and advise internal stakeholders and decision-makers. Knowledge and experience practicing patent law in the area of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML).

This Senior Patent Counsel position can be remotely located with the United States OR work from one of these Amgen locations: Thousand Oaks, CA OR Cambridge, MA or South San Francisco, CA.


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The savvy professional we seek is an experienced Senior IP Counsel 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


Four plus (4+) years of experience practicing intellectual property law


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


B.A. or B.S. in computer science, bioengineering, computational biology, bioinformatics, mathematics, or electrical engineering

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ten (10) or more years of experience practicing patent or intellectual property law

  • Five (5) or more years of experience practicing patent law in the area of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), deep learning, data sciences, computational biology, bioinformatics or bioengineering

  • Experience in conducting freedom to operate analyses and protection of software and AI/ML inventions globally through patent procurement, copyright, and/or trade secrets

  • An advanced degree such as a masters degree or Ph.D. in Computer Science, Bioengineering, Computational Biology, or Bioinformatics, or in another discipline with a dissertation or thesis having a significant AI/ML component

  • Solid understanding of basic molecular biology

  • Experience in pharmaceutical industry and knowledge of the drug development process

  • Excellent analytic and legal writing skills

  • Outstanding communication, and collaborative skills necessary to effectively partner with and advise data scientists and other stakeholders in highly cross-functional teams

  • Strong management and leadership skills

  • Ability to work independently and in teams, prioritize workflow and work efficiently, meet demanding deadlines, and manage multi-dimensional projects in a fast-paced and evolving environment

  • Develop strong legal strategies in emerging field

  • Experience negotiating and drafting licenses and other agreements involving AI/ML technologies

  • 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.

The expected annual salary range for this role in the U.S. (excluding Puerto Rico) is posted. Actual salary will vary based on several factors including but not limited to, relevant skills, experience, and qualifications.

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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