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Patent Attorney (Chemistry), R&D IP - NIBRI at Novartis



Mid Level

Cambridge, MA, USA

$120.000 - $160.000

05 Oct → 04 Nov


Job Description

5,600 people dedicated to discovery across 6 research locations around the globe!

The Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) is the innovation engine of Novartis. We collaborate across scientific and organizational boundaries, with a focus on powerful new technologies that have the potential to help produce therapeutic breakthroughs for patients.

Join our global R&D Intellectual property team to make an impact on how we protect innovative medicines for patients.

The Patent Attorney will perform, manage, direct, and leverage designated patent and related intellectual property (IP) activities within the research and development (R&D) organization of Novartis.

The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

769 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2020, and while we’re proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people’s lives.

We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working.

We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity and flexibility. And we can reinvent what's possible, when we collaborate with courage to aggressively and ambitiously tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying!

Novartis is committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse team’s representative of the patients and communities we serve.

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Job Responsibilities

  • Provide clear, informed and sophisticated counseling to Novartis R&D clients on opportunities to protect their inventions, create IP portfolios, advise on publication strategies, and mitigate third party risks.
  • Build and manage patent portfolios for Novartis R&D projects by identifying inventions and preparing, prosecuting, maintaining, and defending patent filings for them, especially in technical areas related to new chemical entities and their uses, processes, platforms, and technologies, as well as clinical developments.
  • Render legal opinions with respect to patentability, validity, and freedom to operate, and formulate patent strategies for Novartis R&D clients that secure IP positions and freedom-to-operate (FTO), as well as enable IP defense(s).
  • Apply deep expertise in national patent law and practice, in particular for the US but also other major jurisdictions such as EP, JP and CN, including patent trends and case law developments, to devise patent strategies and advice.
  • Understand other forms of protection relating to exclusivity, and apply as required.
  • Communicate effectively and clearly with colleagues and leadership in the legal and IP function as well as the R&D organization. Build and manage external relationships with outside counsel and collaborators, including substantial interactions within a multicultural global patent function.
  • Conduct due diligence assessments and counsel based on these assessments, including FTO, infringement and validity analyses, and risk evaluation and mitigation.
  • Provide IP support for transactional projects, such as research collaborations and in-licensing opportunities, including advice on contract drafting and negotiation.
  • Perform timely review of publication requests.
  • Deliver work results on-time, on-target, and within budget.
  • Continue professional development and contribute to development of IP colleagues.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • o J.D. degree with admission to at least one state bar & registered to practice before US Patent Office

  • 1+ years of exposure to the drug discovery and development processes utilized at pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology companies

  • 7+ years of experience as a patent practitioner in a law firm or in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry is required

  • Strong scientific background in chemical sciences, in particular organic or pharmaceutical chemistry; preferably including direct lab experience

  • Expertise in local (US) and PCT law, filing process and prosecution practice; detailed understanding of counterpart European patent law and other major global patent systems

  • Strong customer-service experience & focus to build and sustain effective partnerships with key stakeholders and project teams

  • Experience integrating global outlook and management of product lifecycle into decision-making process

  • Effective analytical, presentation, and business communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills (partnership, influence/persuasion, teamwork. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team.

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

  • Strong organization and time management skills with flexibility, creativity, resourcefulness to successfully prioritize and manage multiple, competing priorities simultaneously

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