Patent Prosecution Counsel

South San Francisco
Jul 09, 2024
Aug 06, 2024
Contract Type

Company Description

AbbVie's mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines and solutions that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people's lives across several key therapeutic areas immunology, oncology, neuroscience, and eye care and products and services in our Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at . on Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and LinkedIn .

Job Description

AbbVie is searching for in–house Counsels for our Patent Prosecution group, part of AbbVies Intellectual Property, Transactions, and Innovation legal team. These positions will support AbbVies Oncology, Immunology, and Neuroscience products and be based in our offices in the Chicago, San Francisco, or Boston metro areas with a hybrid work model (on site 3+ days/week).

Acting individually and in cross–functional teams, the in–house Counsel will develop and implement intellectual property strategies for AbbVies products and product candidates.


  • Maximize AbbVies 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.



  • JD degree from an accredited law school, state bar admission enabling in–house practice (specific state not required), and registration to practice before the USPTO.
  • 3+ years of experience practicing patent law as an attorney or patent agent at a law firm and/or life sciences company, including substantial U.S. and foreign patent prosecution.
  • Technical background relevant for pharmaceutical patent prosecution, such as:
    • Experience with small molecule and/or biological pharmaceutical discovery & development, and/or
    • Technical degree in relevant field, such as molecular biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, or biomedical engineering.
  • Strong legal, analytical, communication, collaboration, and people skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects to meet deadlines.

Additional Information

Applicable only to applicants applying to a position in any location with pay disclosure requirements under state orlocal law:

  • The compensation range described below is the range of possible base pay compensation that the Companybelieves ingood faith it will pay for this role at the timeof this posting based on the job grade for this position.Individualcompensation paid within this range will depend on many factors including geographic location, andwemay ultimatelypay more or less than the posted range. This range may be modified in thefuture.

  • We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off (vacation, holidays, sick),medical/dental/visioninsurance and 401(k) to eligibleemployees.

  • This job is eligible to participate in our short–term incentiveprograms.

  • This job is eligible to participate in our long–term incentiveprograms

Note: No amount of payis considered to bewages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, anddeterminable.The amount and availability of any bonus,commission, incentive, benefits, or any other form ofcompensation and benefitsthat are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole andabsolutediscretion unless and until paid andmay be modified at the Companys sole and absolute discretion, consistent withapplicable law.

AbbVie is committed to operating with integrity, driving innovation, transforming lives, serving our community and embracing diversity and inclusion. It is AbbVies 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.