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Associate Senior Counsel, IP -2285
cambridge ma
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The Associate Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property, will function partially independently, and provide legal advice and guidance on patent/intellectual property matters to support Company’s marketed products and research pipeline. The Associate Senior Counsel will advise on a wide range of Intellectual Property matters, including patentability of inventions, infringement of patents and due diligence patent review. This role is responsible for the preparation, filing, and prosecution of patent applications globally to obtain valid patents on company products and related inventions. This individual will work closely with the legal, research and commercial teams to provide client counseling on Intellectual Property matters for the Company US business.

The position will be based in Cambridge, MA, and can be either full time in the office or hybrid (2 or 3 days in the office).

Essential Functions

Provides clear and informed legal advice and service on patent/intellectual property issues to business clients, including patentability of inventions, freedom-to-operate, identifying IP risks, and potential infringement of patents.

Proactively advises business clients regarding opportunities to protect inventions and mitigate third party risks, including working with the clients to create IP portfolios, advise on publication strategies and mitigate third party risks.

Assists with the implementation of IP legal strategy and policies.

Serves as IP advisor and interface with legal department colleagues, regulatory department colleagues and others from Company global companies and alliance partners on global issues as needed.

More Detailed Responsibilities

Build and manage patent portfolios for Company projects by identifying inventions, developing patent and related business strategies; manage and supervise outside counsel in preparing, prosecuting, maintaining, and defending patent filings for multiple projects, including both discovery and clinical projects.

Provide legal opinions with respect to patentability, validity, and freedom-to-operate, and formulate patent strategies to obtain strong IP positions, ensure freedom-to-operate, and enable IP defense(s).

Continue to develop and apply expertise in both U.S. and global patent law and practice.

Analyze and advise on the intersection of patent and regulatory exclusivity for pharmaceutical and biologic projects.

Participate as part of business development teams to provide IP advice regarding due diligence assessments and counsel based on these assessments, including patentability, validity, freedom-to-operate, and infringement analyses, and risk evaluation and mitigation.

Provide IP support for transactional projects, such as research collaborations and various types of agreements, including advice on contract drafting and negotiation of IP related provisions.

Perform timely review of publication requests.


7+ years as a practicing, licensed attorney with high-level client contact and responsibility, or 5+ years as an attorney with 3+ years relevant Patent Examiner or Patent Agent experience.

J.D. degree and an active member of the bar in good standing (any US jurisdiction), as evidenced by a Certificate of Good Standing.

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

Some level of legal experience counseling on issues related to the pharmaceutical industry.

Experience with prosecution of chemical, biologic, antibody-drug conjugates and/or antisense oligonucleotides.

Good understanding of the scientific and regulatory principles of the drug discovery and development process, including basic scientific literacy outside of own scientific discipline.

Ability to learn quickly and in a fast-paced, matrixed environment.

Strong organization and time management skills with ability to successfully prioritize and manage multiple, competing priorities simultaneously, in a fast-paced environment.

Sound decision-making abilities, critical thinking skills, and excellent attention to detail.

Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team, in a culturally diverse organization, and operate effectively in a global, cross-functional matrixed organization.

Strong interpersonal skills and aim to develop leadership and managerial skills.

Good level of oral and written communication skills, and able to effectively present ideas, counsel, and information to others.

Solid knowledge of pharmaceutical industry and ability to identify and propose solutions to relevant legal issues and risks.

Well-developed research and critical thinking skills, and sound decision-making abilities, with attention to detail to produce consistently accurate work.

Demonstrates the following key leadership competencies: Embraces and Sells the Vision, Leads Innovation and Change, Promotes Accountabilities, Drives for Results, Leverages Business Acumen, Focuses on Customers & Business Partners, Builds Organizational Talent.

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