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Senior Counsel - IP Alliance Management and Due Diligence

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Job Description

This role is responsible for managing IP activities related to due diligence investigations, research collaborations, IP contract review, and coordination with the Gilead Alliance Management Team.  The IP Alliance and Due Diligence Senior Counsel will work closely with and report to the IP Alliance and Due Diligence Team Lead. 

Specific Responsibilities and Skills

The IP Alliance and Due Diligence Senior Counsel must have excellent business judgment and be able to assess and evaluate complex IP risks.  The ability to work with cross-functional teams is key, as is the ability to manage multiple complex and time-sensitive matters.  Extensive experience conducting patent due diligence investigations is “a must” as is a deep understanding of pharmaceutical patent and post-approval practice.  Prior litigation experience is highly desirable.  The IP Alliance and Due Diligence Senior Counsel must be able to communicate effectively to senior business, legal, and scientific leaders. The IP Alliance and Due Diligence Senior Counsel also must possess strong project management, technical and interpersonal skills.  


  • Experience in conducting due diligence investigations, including assessments of Ex-US patent rights.
  • Deep understanding of pharmaceutical patent practice, including Hatch-Waxman litigation in addition to demonstrating an understanding of regulatory data exclusivities, patent term extensions, and supplementary protection certificates.
  • Strong contract and third-party relationship skills.
  • Highly developed verbal and written communications skills to deliver clear and concise communications.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Independently conducts and manages patent due diligence investigations, including the management of outside counsel.  Responsibilities include, but is not limited to:
    • Evaluating the patentability of target’s patent portfolio and assessing freedom-to-operate for target compounds and technology.
    • Drafting IP due diligence opinions and presentations.
    • Providing outside counsel all necessary legal and business information to achieve the business objective.
  • Participates in negotiation of contracts in connection with transactional activities of commercial and/or developmental products. 
  • Coordinates and liaises with the Alliance Management Team post-deal close and during the term of license and/or collaboration.
  • Assists with integration activities post-deal close.
  • Delivers IP educational presentations to legal staff, researchers, and business people at Gilead.


Specific Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Requires a Juris Doctorate and admission before a State bar
  • 6+ years of industry or law firm experience, which includes 4+ years in Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical patent prosecution experience.
  • Typically requires bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry (or related sciences).
  • Registered before the USPTO.
  • High proficiency in computer skills including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint, etc.
  • Experience with the iManage document management experience is preferred
  • Experience with docketing systems (e.g., CPI) is preferred
  • Candidates must possess the ability to work well with others in a team setting
  • Organizational skills, exceptional time management and attention to detail are a must

Working conditions

  • Business travel may be required



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