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Lead Counsel IP

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Job ID R0015996 Date posted 02/17/2020 Location Boston, Massachusetts

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Job Description

Patent Counsel - (IP)


The overall purpose for this in-house, intellectual property counsel is to provide the organization with expertise in a variety of intellectual property issues including Therapeutic Area, Region and/or Global Function support.  This position also involves leading programs in the Therapeutic Area Unit or Region and leading complex contract negotiations. 

A typical day will include:


  • Represents IP in Global Product and Global Brand Teams and for leading the IP strategy for Global Product Teams and Global Brand Teams (and related sub-teams such as Clinical, CMC, TMed or other sub-teams) by translating strategic decisions into operational plans consistent with IP Therapeutic Area strategy.
  • Establishes rapport and positive working relationships with GPT, GBT and related sub-team members and act as their advisor on a variety of IP related issues including publication reviews, IP agreement support, and other IP issues that arise in the GPT, GBT or other sub-team activities.
  • Builds consensus across global IP regions/functions for GPT, GBT and/or other Global Function activities.
  • Contributes to the development of policies/procedures for IP Therapeutic Area, Regional or Global Functional Groups, in collaboration with IP TAH, IP Region Head and/or IP Function Head.
  • Prepares and prosecutes or oversees the preparation and prosecution of worldwide patent applications and conducts patentability and freedom to operate assessments for Discovery, Development and Commercial related activities.
  • Conducts/oversees IP due diligence, IP agreement review/negotiation for Takeda’s investment, M&A, and partnering activities.
  • Participates in or provide strategic support to IPRs, opposition proceedings, and other patent office proceedings.
  • Provides support to IP litigation.
  • Develops and continually expands a thorough understanding of the Company’s current and planned business activities, products, competitors, and markets in order to identify relevant legal trends, laws and regulations
  • Manages legal resources internally, directly and/or indirectly, and externally to complete projects in a timely and high quality manner.
  • May supervise one or more direct reports and one or more other global IP members.
  • Provides guidance and training to less experienced IP attorneys and other global IP members
  • Identifies training needs within the organization and assists in the development and presentation of training materials on relevant IP laws and related business issues.


  • Strong technical expertise/knowledge in large molecule/biologics area (e.g., advanced degree and/or substantial research/industrial experience in the relevant fields)
  • 8+ years of experience practicing intellectual property law (law firm and/or in-house), preferably 4+ years of in-house experience
  • Strong communication and presentation skills, ability to communicate complex issues clearly and succinctly
  • Mature and professional demeanor with a high degree of self-motivation
  • Strong organizational skills, including careful attention to detail and ability to handle and prioritize multiple assignments and maintain strict deadlines through effective time management
  • Sound judgment and decision-making abilities


  • Juris Doctorate degree
  • Registration before a state bar.
  • Registration to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


• 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan

• Tuition reimbursement Company match of charitable contributions

• Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings

• Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days

• Community Outreach Programs

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