Senior Counsel Biotech Patent Law - Biosimilars

United States
May 15, 2024
May 23, 2024
Contract Type


If you feel like youre part of something bigger, its because you are. At Amgen, our shared missionto serve patientsdrives all that we do. It is key to our becoming one of the worlds leading biotechnology companies. We are global collaborators who achieve togetherresearching, manufacturing, and delivering ever–better products that reach over 10 million patients worldwide. Its time for a career you can be proud of.

Senior Counsel Biotech Patent Law – Biosimilars


What you will do

In this vital role you will develop, implement and execute a market access strategy for Amgens biosimilar and/or innovator molecules, including freedom–to–operate analyses for drug substance, drug product, formulations, processes, and methods of treatment.

Key Responsibilities could include:
  • Handling all aspects of intellectual property, especially in identification of relevant patents, conducting searches for prior art, analyzing third party patents, developing persuasive legal arguments, drafting opinions, working with experts, and performing other pre–litigation activities

  • Developing and implementing global freedom–to–operate strategies for Amgen products in collaboration with other in–house attorneys

  • Drafting and prosecuting patent applications and providing patent litigation support

  • Developing and counseling others on intellectual property strategies associated with Amgens business and research endeavors

  • Working individually, in legal teams, and in cross–functional business teams

  • 10% domestic and global travel anticipated.

This role may be remote or may include hybrid work based at one of our sites in Thousand Oaks, CA; San Francisco, CA; or Cambridge, MA. The role requires the ability to work client group hours as needed.


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The Senior Counsel we seek will have the following qualifications.

Basic Qualifications:
  • J.D. degree or LL.M. degree from an accredited law school, admission to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction and four (4) years of experience practicing intellectual property law, and

  • Registration to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 7+ years of experience practicing patent or intellectual property law.

  • Enthusiasm for joining a cutting–edge biosimilar practice group at a leading biotechnology company.

  • Experience in U.S. and/or foreign intellectual property law relating to biotechnology at a law firm or biotechnology/pharmaceutical corporation.

  • Experience in U.S. and/or foreign adversarial proceedings (such as patent litigation, Inter Partes Reviews, Post Grant Reviews, or oppositions), including experience developing and implementing a global freedom– to–operate strategy.

  • Undergraduate degree in the sciences and a working understanding of molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, structural biology, pharmaceutics, or chemical engineering. Preferably, an advanced degree, such as a Masters or Ph.D., or research experience in one of these areas.

  • Excellent judgement, analytical skills, legal drafting and oral and written communication skills.

  • Strong management and client counseling skills.

  • Ability to work independently and in teams, navigate through ambiguity, work efficiently, prioritize workflow, meet fast–paced deadlines, and manage multifaceted projects in a fast–paced environment.


What you can expect of us

As we work to develop treatments that take care of others, we also work to care for our teammates professional and personal growth and well–being.

The expected annual salary range for this role in the U.S. (excluding Puerto Rico) is posted. Actual salary will vary based on several factors including but not limited to, relevant skills, experience, and qualifications.

Amgen offers a Total Rewards Plan comprising health and welfare plans for staff and eligible dependents, financial plans with opportunities to save towards retirement or other goals, work/life balance, and career development opportunities including:

  • Comprehensive employee benefits package, including a Retirement and Savings Plan with generous company contributions, group medical, dental and vision coverage, life and disability insurance, and flexible spending accounts.

  • A discretionary annual bonus program, or for field sales representatives, a sales–based incentive plan

  • Stock–based long–term incentives

  • Award–winning time–off plans and bi–annual company–wide shutdowns

  • Flexible work models, including remote work arrangements, where possible

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Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider you without regard to your race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.