Counsel, IP

Location: Foster City, California US


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Job Number: 1623

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Job Description
Patent Counsel, Chemistry

As Patent Counsel you will develop and implement comprehensive patent portfolio strategies across Gilead's therapeutic areas, with a focus on small molecule therapeutics. As a member of Gilead's patent prosecution team, you will work collaboratively on cross-functional research teams to advance research and clinical candidates through the drug development process. You will advise research teams and management regarding risks and opportunities related to Gilead's intellectual property.

Specific Responsibilities and Skills

The successful candidate will work on a range of intellectual property issues in a fast-paced, established pharmaceutical company . The successful candidate will be able to proactively identify issues potentially impacting the business and work with the teams and business units to devise solutions. The ability to counsel research and business colleagues by providing clear advice is essential. The successful candidate is expected to work independently, be proactive in identifying legal issues, and to demonstrate initiative, sound judgment and a service-oriented focus. The successful candidate is also expected to develop expertise in specific areas of the law and contribute effectively to legal and cross-functional projects. The successful candidate will be a part of the product attorney group and will report to a senior member of the patent prosecution team.

  • Oversee and develop patent portfolios to protect Gilead's product pipeline with a focus on small molecule therapeutics.
  • Draft and prosecute patent applications (US and foreign patent offices).
  • Counsel non-legal colleagues regarding patent strategy and identification of patentable inventions.
  • Conduct patentability and freedom-to-operate analyses.
  • Review and assist in the drafting of nondisclosure, research, license and other agreements involving the use, transfer, or ownership of intellectual property.
  • Review proposed publications regarding Gilead's research programs for potential IP issues.
  • Provide support for corporate development activities, including licensing and acquisitions.
  • Address regulatory matters relating to Intellectual Property.


Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related sciences.

Admission to practice before the USPTO.

Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and admission before a State bar.

Years of experience as a Patent Agent can be substituted if currently pursuing Juris Doctorate.

4+ years of experience in patent prosecution in a law firm or as corporate in-house counsel.

Must have excellent written and verbal communications skills.

Must have strong client service orientation.

Experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries preferred.

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Job Number: R0013602

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