Patent Counsel

Mar 14, 2023
Mar 26, 2023
Contract Type
Job Title: Patent Counsel

Functional Area/Department: Biologics Patent Team/Global Intellectual Property Dept.


The Counsel will be an experienced patent attorney responsible for biologics projects on a talented team committed to diversity and inclusion. The attorney will be part of the US team dedicated to all aspects of patent protection for a diverse range of programs across Sanofi's business units. The attorney will advise on wide range of intellectual property matters, including patent prosecution, worldwide patent portfolio management, overall IP strategy, patentability, and freedom–to–operate analyses. The position reports directly to the Leader of US Biologics Patents and is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Principal Accountabilities:
  • Prepare, file, and prosecute US, EPO, and foreign patent applications in biotechnology areas.
  • Interact with clients (including Research & Development, Project Management, Business Development, Franchise, Industrial Affairs) in the US and Europe on a daily basis to provide client counselling, spot and solve legal issues, and proactively solicit invention disclosures.
  • Proactively counsel internal stakeholders about IP strategy related to client's business.
  • Provide patentability evaluation of IP related to internal or external projects.
  • Initiate, defend and manage post issuance proceedings such as post grant review, inter partes review, oppositions, and litigation.
  • Participate in the drafting, reviewing and negotiation of agreements covering intellectual property rights.
  • Conduct, direct, and analyze patent searches and render opinions on validity, non–infringement and patent avoidance of third–party patents.
  • Review proposed research papers and other publications for any impact on existing patent estate.
  • Develop and maintain an appropriate network inside Sanofi's Biologics Business Units and Global IP group
  • A motivated self–starting person exhibiting initiative to contribute to the team in more ways than mere handling of assigned projects.
  • Graduate degree (MS or PhD) in a biological or biochemistry science.
  • Registered US Patent Attorney.
  • Member of at least one US State Bar.
  • 5–8 years minimum of patent law experience gained in–house and/or in a law firm.
  • Experience handling complex biologics IP matters such as vaccines, antibodies, peptides, nucleic acids, and/or gene therapy.
  • Able to independently handle preparation and prosecution of patent applications.
  • Experience in handling US Inter Partes Reviews and EP Oppositions would be a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills and agility working with a team of global colleagues.
  • Fluent in English.
As a healthcare company and a vaccine manufacturer, Sanofi has an important responsibility to protect individual and public health. All US based roles require individuals to be fully vaccinated against COVID–19 as part of your job responsibilities.

According to the CDC, an individual is considered to be "fully vaccinated" fourteen (14) days after receiving (a) the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or (b) the single dose of the J&J vaccine. Fully vaccinated, for new Sanofi employees, is to be fully vaccinated 14 DAYS PRIOR TO START DATE.

Sa nofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.

At Sanofi diversity and inclusion is foundational to how we operate and embedded in our Core Values. We recognize to truly tap into the richness diversity brings we must lead with inclusion and have a workplace where those differences can thrive and be leveraged to empower the lives of our colleagues, patients and customers. We respect and celebrate the diversity of our people, their backgrounds and experiences and provide equal opportunity for all.