Division Counsel - Intellectual Property

Lake County, IL
Part Time
Practice Areas: Patent Job #: 1901013 Exp.: 8+ Years
AbbVie is searching for a Division Counsel to help foster and grow the company’s intellectual property group, with a particular focus on large molecule assets and/or small molecule chemistry. The ideal candidate will be a results-oriented, self-starter who can participate in strategic planning and implementation of patent preparation and prosecution strategies as well as due diligence projects.

The attorney will have opportunities to develop in-depth expertise in various aspects of biological and chemical sciences in the medicinal field. Interacting closely with the company’s business groups and scientists, the attorney will provide guidance on patent law and strategies to procure, preserve and protect the company`s intellectual property.

Responsibilities include:
Working with scientific teams to identify patentable subject matter; drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications worldwide both directly and through management of outside counsel; conducting prior art searches; analyzing third-party patent positions; conducting due diligence in support of licensing activities; and providing legal advice and counsel to cross-functional R&D and business teams on a variety of IP related matters.

This position will be based at AbbVie’s headquarters in North Chicago. This is a part-time position.
  • JD degree from an accredited law school, state bar admission (CA admission not required) and registration to practice before the USPTO
  • 8+ years of experience practicing patent law at a law firm and/or biopharmaceutical company, including substantial U.S. and foreign patent prosecution. Position level will be commensurate with experience
  • Technical background should include experience and/or advanced degree in relevant field, such as chemistry, biotechnology, molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry, genetics, chemical engineering or pharmacology; experience with pharmaceutical development preferable
  • Strong legal, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ideal candidate will have experience with preparation and prosecution of patent applications for both biologic and small molecule therapeutic candidates, and experience in defending patents in post-grant proceedings before national patent offices in the U.S. and abroad.

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