IP Counsel

Biogen Idec Cambridge, MA
Job Description

Our IP attorneys must be adept at interacting with and advising both business executives and scientists. They consistently collaborate with Biogen in-house counsel who specialize in other practice areas, and are members of cross-function business teams working with Biogen scientists and business leaders located around the globe. Biogen IP attorneys are critical thinkers, are curious, and are able to influence others.

The individual in this position will be highly visible, interacting with business leaders and scientists at the Company. The role includes responsibility for managing intellectual property matters critical to the Company's success. Additional responsibilities of Biogen IP Counsel include counseling senior Company business leaders, managing IP disputes, patent portfolio strategy and management, outside counsel budgets and performance, IP competitive intelligence, and due diligence in support of business transactions. The successful candidate will have significant depth of experience in diverse aspects of patent law practice, experience with team or project leadership, and will be adept at serving as a trusted business advisor. Relevant experience in both law firm and in-house settings is preferred.

Key Responsibilities

* Lead and develop strategies to protect the Company's intellectual property assets (including commercial products, development candidates, research findings and other related subject matter)

* Implement and lead IP strategy for Asset Teams, and establish positive working relationships with these teams by acting as their advisor on a variety of IP related issues.

* Prepare and prosecute or oversee outside counsel in prosecuting worldwide patent applications, conduct patentability and freedom to operate assessments, and manage IP disputes.

* Lead IP due diligence, IP review and IP agreement negotiation support for Biogen's business development activities working collaboratively with BD Counsel, external counsel and other business development colleagues.

* Develop and continually expands a thorough understanding of the Company's current and planned business activities, products, competitors, and markets and keep abreast of developing legal trends, laws and regulations.

* Provide training to junior IP members; may have one or more direct reports.


* IP practice experience in both a law firm and a bio/pharmaceutical corporate setting

* Experience managing others in a law firm and/or corporate setting is highly preferred

* High level of executive presence

* High level of communication, organizational and analytical skills

* Ability to work collaboratively with other Legal group members and with the R&D organization, and successfully manage outside counsel

* Ability to balance and prioritize multiple tasks, and to respond effectively to rapidly changing priorities and deadlines


* JD or equivalent and at least 12-15 years post-law school experience.

* Registered Patent Attorney

* BS/MS/PhD in Biology, Neurology, Molecular/Cellular Biology, or an equivalent life science or Chemistry is required (advanced degree strongly preferred).


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