Counsel, IP

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
San Mateo
Feb 03, 2023
Feb 14, 2023
Contract Type
Counsel, IP
United States – California – Foster City

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research–based bio–pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life–threatening diseases around the world. Gilead's therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

Making an impact on a global scale
Inclusion is one of the company's five core values. That's because we know that we are stronger and more innovative at Gilead when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life–threatening diseases worldwide.

When you join Gilead, you join our mission to change the world by enabling people to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Come join a mission–driven bio–pharmaceutical organization that values inclusion and diversity, has a strong portfolio of products, and is constantly

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Job Description

This attorney will report to a senior attorney in IP Litigation, and will be responsible for assisting in managing Gilead's intellectual property litigation. Specific responsibilities will include: assisting with the enforcement and defense of Gilead's patent portfolio; assisting in the defense of patent infringement allegations from competitors and other patent holders; litigating/defending licensing disputes as part of a broader team; working with the IP Litigation group to advise Gilead's senior leaders on litigation strategy and risk management; counseling Gilead's business clients on freedom to operate; providing support to our patent product attorneys in opposition, invalidation and revocation proceedings; and coordinating external communications concerning intellectual property litigation with Public Affairs, Investor Relations and Government Affairs.

This attorney will be called upon to assist the legal department in managing workload by undertaking additional activities as needed to support the IP interests and litigation needs of the company. This attorney will partner with other members of the legal department to support cross–functional projects and matters, including, for example, complex litigation matters and investigations and corporate transactions. This attorney will also support activities designed to improve departmental processes and procedures.

Essential Functions
  • Manage and support internal and external litigation teams. This includes determining case strategy in collaboration with internal and outside counsel, supervising day–to–day tasks associated with case management, coordinating and participating in interviews of fact and expert witnesses, collaborating with outside counsel to prepare witnesses for depositions and trial, attending fact and expert depositions, collaborating with internal and outside counsel to select experts and to prepare expert testimony, and preparing for/attending trial.
  • Reviewing correspondence, arguments, memos, and briefs in support of litigation and other adversarial proceedings.
  • As part of a team, advising Gilead's senior leaders on litigation strategy and risk management.
  • Overseeing internal document collection and production, including working with our paralegals and the internal e–discovery team.
  • Contributing to or conducting analyses of freedom–to–operate, validity, exclusivity, and due diligence; and helping to advise internal clients on those positions in consultation with outside counsel.
  • Collaborating with team members outside the US to assist in foreign litigations and the day–to–day tasks associated with multijurisdictional litigation teams.
  • Developing strategies and arguments related to global opposition, invalidation and revocation proceedings.
  • Negotiating litigation–related agreements.
  • Collaborating with Gilead's business partners.
  • Assisting in preparing comprehensive patent portfolio summary documents and conducting patent portfolio reviews in anticipation of generic litigation.
  • Providing input on how to improve our client services in an ever–changing and challenging legal and political environment, including responses to changing government landscape that implicate our IP.

    Knowledge, Experience & Skills
  • The candidate must demonstrate Gilead's core values: Teamwork, Accountability, Inclusion, Excellence and Integrity.
  • This position requires extensive teamwork. The ability to work collaboratively and efficiently with others is critical. You must possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and work well with a variety of different personalities and with a cross–section of stakeholders within the organization to be successful in this role.
  • The position requires 4+ years of relevant litigation experience. Bachelor's degree or higher in biology, chemistry, pharmacy, immunology or other related life–sciences discipline is strongly preferred. The candidate's experience should reflect a primary focus on patent litigation regarding pharmaceuticals, biotechnology or other life–sciences field.
  • Preference will be given to individuals having at least 4 years of experience in pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology patent litigation.
  • Combination of law firm and in–house experience preferred.
  • J.D. from a nationally recognized law school and admission to at least one U.S. State Bar is required. Registration to practice before the USPTO is a plus.
  • The candidate will be expected to:

    o Establish appropriate priorities with clients and deliver results within set timelines in a fast–paced and dynamic environment.

    o Exercise good judgment in identifying, evaluating, prioritizing and elevating issues as appropriate.

    o Demonstrate the ability to independently identify issues, goals, needs and solutions, with oversight from more senior members of the Legal team.

    o Exhibit excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to clearly and concisely communicate key points and to present to a variety of internal clients.

    o Work within a team to apply legal analysis in a business context with the goal of identifying solutions to clients' needs.
  • The candidate must be proficient in MS Office–based applications.
  • Travel Requirements: Domestic and occasional international travel associated with litigation–related activities will be required, typically not exceeding about 15% annually.

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    As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non–job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact for assistance.

    Following extensive monitoring, research, consideration of business implications and advice from internal and external experts, Gilead has made the decision to require all U.S., Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong employees and contractors to receive the COVID–19 vaccines as a condition of employment. "Full vaccination" is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two–dose vaccine or two weeks since a single–dose vaccine has been administered. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation.

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    Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

    Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

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