Patent Attorney at Merck

Merck

Full-Time

Boston, MA, USA

Not defined

22 Nov → 22 Dec

Job Description

Job Description

We partner with the business to ensure we maintain our company's values and high ethical standards, comply with the law, protect our people, and enhance our reputation. We strive to foster an environment that is inspiring, supportive, and diverse.

Position Description:

The Attorney will provide patent support functions for our Company's discovery and development programs in the human health area.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Drafting and prosecuting patent applications to protect our Company's products, product candidates and platform technologies
• Conducting freedom to operate analyses for our Company's extensive R&D activities
• Conducting intellectual property due diligences for various types of corporate transactions, including research collaborations and acquisitions
• Providing legal counseling services that are consistent with law and Company policies, furthering business objectives and appropriately balancing divisional/functional/corporate business objectives and legal risks
• Reviewing and advising on intellectual property provisions in various types of agreements including licensing and collaboration agreements
• Exercising judgment to drive decisions on routine and non-routine matters within areas of practice
• Supervising activities and managing relationships with outside counsel

Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirements:
• A Bachelor's degree in the pharmaceutical, chemical or biological sciences from an accredited institution
• Graduate of an accredited US law school

Required Experience and Skills:
• Registered to practice before the USPTO
• Member in good standing of a Bar of at least one state or the District of Columbia
• Two (2) or more years of experience as an attorney in a law firm or corporate setting, practicing in the patent area (Note: time accrued as a practicing patent agent may be considered)
• Expertise in drafting and prosecuting biologic/vaccine (large molecule) patents
• Strong technical background
• Excellent communication and analytical skills

Preferred Experience and Skills:
• Advanced degree in the biological or chemical sciences
• Experience in counseling clients on intellectual property issues
• Experience in managing a significant workload, with the ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously
• Ability to work in cross-functional teams
• Ability to be proactive and take initiative

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

Who we are ...

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for ...

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us-and start making your impact today.

NOTICE FOR INTERNAL APPLICANTS

In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another's thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

Residents of Colorado

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For positions located in the United States and Puerto Rico - Subject to applicable law, all new hires (including internal transfers) must demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement. New hires (including internal transfers) to a position that, as determined by the Company, requires routine collaboration with external stakeholders (such as roles in health services or customer-facing commercial or research-based roles) ("Customer-Facing Role") who are not vaccinated must qualify for a medical or religious exemption and be in a position that the Company determines can accommodate unvaccinated employees without causing an undue burden to business operations. If, following dialog with the candidate as appropriate, it is determined that the candidate either a) does not qualify for a religious or medical exemption or, b) for candidates applying for Customer-Facing roles, it is determined that allowing the candidate to work without vaccination would cause an undue burden to the Company, the candidate will be ineligible for hire or transfer, or any offer of employment or transfer (if applicable) will be revoked. Please note that notwithstanding the approval of any reasonable accommodation, the Company reserves the right to monitor, modify, or revoke any such accommodation if it is determined, following dialog with the employee, that the accommodation is no longer effective or results in an undue burden to the Company.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another's thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

Residents of Colorado:

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Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully

Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

Employee Status:

Regular

Relocation:

Domestic

VISA Sponsorship:

No

Travel Requirements:

10%

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Hybrid

Shift:

1st - Day

Valid Driving License:

No

Hazardous Material(s):

Number of Openings:

1

Requisition ID: R213022

Job Responsibilities

  • Drafting and prosecuting patent applications to protect our Company's products, product candidates and platform technologies
  • Conducting freedom to operate analyses for our Company's extensive R&D activities
  • Conducting intellectual property due diligences for various types of corporate transactions, including research collaborations and acquisitions
  • Providing legal counseling services that are consistent with law and Company policies, furthering business objectives and appropriately balancing divisional/functional/corporate business objectives and legal risks
  • Reviewing and advising on intellectual property provisions in various types of agreements including licensing and collaboration agreements
  • Exercising judgment to drive decisions on routine and non-routine matters within areas of practice
  • Supervising activities and managing relationships with outside counsel

Requirements / Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in the pharmaceutical, chemical or biological sciences from an accredited institution

  • Graduate of an accredited US law school

  • Registered to practice before the USPTO

  • Member in good standing of a Bar of at least one state or the District of Columbia

  • Two (2) or more years of experience as an attorney in a law firm or corporate setting, practicing in the patent area (Note: time accrued as a practicing patent agent may be considered)

  • Expertise in drafting and prosecuting biologic/vaccine (large molecule) patents

  • Strong technical background

  • Excellent communication and analytical skills

Benefits/What We offer

  • OFCCP EEO Supplement (~~~)

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