Counsel/Senior Counsel, IP Prosecution

Sep 18, 2023
Oct 16, 2023
Contract Type

AbbVie is searching for an in–house patent prosecution Counsel or Senior Counsel for our Intellectual Property Prosecution group. This position will be based in our Worcester, MA location with a hybrid work model (on site 3+ days/week).

Acting individually and in cross–functional teams, the in–house Senior Counsel/Counsel will develop and implement intellectual property strategy for AbbVie's products and product candidates.


  • Maximize AbbVie's competitive position through creation and implementation of intellectual property strategies.
  • Provide legal advice and counsel to cross–functional R&D and business teams on a variety of IP–related matters.
  • Draft, file, and prosecute strategically useful patent applications worldwide both directly and through management of outside counsel.
  • Challenge and defend patents in IPR, opposition, interference, and other post–grant proceedings.
  • Conduct prior art searches, analyze third–party patent positions, and conduct due diligence to support business development activities.


  • Law degree from an ABA accredited law school and in good standing with the state bar of the jurisdiction in which your office will be located (or ability to gain licensure in the state in which your office will be located), and registration to practice before the USPTO.
  • Two or more years of experience practicing patent law at a law firm and/or life sciences company as a licensed attorney, including substantial U.S. and foreign patent prosecution. Depending on the successful candidate's experience and relevancy of skills, this position will be hired at a Counsel or Senior Counsel level. Patent Agent experience in addition to attorney experience is considered a plus.
  • Former scientist/researcher experience considered a plus.
  • Technical background relevant for pharmaceutical patent prosecution, such as:
    • Experience with small molecule and/or biological pharmaceutical discovery & development and/or advanced degree in relevant field, such as molecular biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, or chemical engineering
  • Strong legal, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects to meet deadlines.

AbbVie is committed to operating with integrity, driving innovation, transforming lives, serving our community, and embracing diversity and inclusion. It is AbbVie's policy to employ qualified persons of the greatest ability without discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected group status.