Senior Counsel - Intellectual Property Litigation

United States
Jul 08, 2024
Aug 05, 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 – Intellectual Property Litigation


What you will do

Lets do this. Lets change the world. In this vital role you will have direct involvement and shared responsibility in all aspects of U.S. and international patent disputes, in both judicial and administrative tribunals, from initial issue identification through resolution.

Working in partnership with outside counsel and other in–house attorneys and staff, the Senior Counsel will develop and drive case strategies as an active team member, including all infringement, validity, and enforceability positions. In addition, the Senior Counsel will have hands–on involvement in such things as witness interviews, discovery (production, support and/or conduct of depositions, drafting of discovery responses), motion and brief drafting, trial preparation (including witness selection and preparation, selection of trial exhibits, drafting of jury instructions, etc.), and participation at trial and on appeal.

In addition to litigating patent issues, the Senior Counsel will also be responsible for developing and counseling others on intellectual property strategies associated with Amgens business and research endeavors.

15% 20% domestic and global travel anticipated.

It is preferred that this role be based in Thousand Oaks, California. However, the role may also be located remotely in the US. 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 strategic professional we seek is an IP litigator with these 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.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Degree in the sciences and a working understanding of molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, cellular biology, protein chemistry or the like

  • Seven (7) years of experience litigating U.S. patent disputes in federal and/or administrative courts, 4+ years of which involved biotechnology–related matters

  • Trial experience (bench or jury)

  • U.S. biosimilar litigation experience

  • Demonstrated management and leadership skills (including law firm or corporate experience having managed others) combined with a strong client service focus

  • Excellent analytic, legal drafting, and oral and written communication skills

  • Some exposure to foreign adversarial proceedings (patent or SPC enforcement proceedings, nullity actions, PMNOC proceedings, oppositions, biosimilar litigation, etc.)

  • Ability to work independently and in teams, work efficiently, prioritize workflow, meet demanding deadlines, and manage multi–dimensional projects

  • Working with experts on scientific and remedies related issues

  • Negotiating and drafting confidential disclosure agreements, protective orders and settlement agreements and participating in mediations

  • USPTO registration


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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Application deadline

Amgen does not have an application deadline for this position; we will continue accepting applications until we receive a sufficient number or select a candidate for the position.

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.