Senior Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property

Bristol Myers Squibb
Feb 06, 2023
Feb 21, 2023
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Senior Corporate Counsel, Innovation Law, Seattle, WA/ San Diego, CA


Bristol–Myers Squibb (BMS) is seeking a Senior Corporate Counsel to join BMS' cell therapy research and development center in Seattle, WA. The attorney will support clients across multiple functional areas to build and leverage BMS' intellectual property interests, with a focus on cell and gene therapy products and processes. Responsibilities include providing strategic counsel on all facets of intellectual property law, including procurement, enforcement, freedom to operate, and business development, as well as legal counsel to the Research & Early Development organization. The attorney will work closely with clients in various functions in a dynamic, growth–oriented environment and will collaborate with other in–house and outside attorneys to accomplish BMS objectives.

The ideal candidate possesses the following qualifications:

  • J.D. degree or equivalent and admission to at least one State bar.

  • 12 or more years of patent experience in the biotechnology field, preferably including at least five years working in–house for an innovative biopharmaceutical company.

  • Registered to practice before the USPTO and eligible to practice in Washington or obtain a limited license for in–house counsel.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the biologic or related sciences. An advanced degree and/or scientific research experience preferred.

  • Excellent analytical, written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ser vice–oriented focus with ability to work as part of cross–functional teams and drive results.

  • Hi ghest integrity, excellent judgment and the ability to proactively recognize and effectively assess business risk and communicate legal issues to patent, legal and general management.

  • E xperience managing other professionals preferred

The starting compensation for this job is a range from $231,000 – $289,000, plus incentive cash and stock opportunities (based on eligibility).

The starting pay rate takes into account characteristics of the job, such as required skills and the where the job is performed.

Final individual compensation will be decided based on demonstrated experience.

For more on benefits, please visit our Bristol Myers Squibb Careers ()

Eligibility for specific benefits listed on our BMS Careers site may vary based on the job and location.

Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is an essential job function of this role which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well–being and engagement, and enhances the Company culture.

To protect the safety of our workforce, customers, patients and communities, the policy of the Company requires all employees and workers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be fully vaccinated against COVID–19, unless they have received an exception based on an approved request for a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. Therefore, all BMS applicants seeking a role located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico must confirm that they have already received or are willing to receive the full COVID–19 vaccination by their start date as a qualification of the role and condition of employment. This requirement is subject to state and local law restrictions and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions such as Montana. This requirement is also subject to discussions with collective bargaining representatives in the U.S.

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