Sr. IP Counsel

Los Gatos
Jul 10, 2024
Aug 07, 2024
Contract Type

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving health care through fast, accurate diagnostic testing. Our mission drives us, every moment of every day, as we develop scalable, groundbreaking solutions to solve the world's most complex health challenges. Our associates are involved in every stage of molecular diagnostics, from ideation to development and delivery of testing advancements that improve patient outcomes across a range of settings. As a member of our team, you can make an immediate, measurable impact on a global scale, within an environment that fosters career growth and development.

Cepheid is proud to work alongside a community of six fellow Danaher Diagnostics companies. Together, we're working at the pace of change on diagnostic tools that address the world's biggest health challenges, driven by knowing that behind every test there is a patient waiting.

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The Sr. Patent Counsel is responsible for partnering with R&D, manufacturing and other business and legal stakeholders to develop and execute strategies to protect and perfect Cepheid's intellectual property. The role will help encourage and sustain innovation across Cepheid.

This position is part of the legal department and will be located in Sunnyvale, CA. At Cepheid, our vision is to be the leading provider of seamlessly connected diagnostic solutions.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Integrate with R&D teams to learn about our manufacturing processes and identify key IP opportunities while enabling innovative protection strategies.
  • Provide a full range of patent support functions, including patent preparation and prosecution freedom–to–operate studies (e.g., infringement and validity analysis), and client counseling.
  • Provide direction to outside counsel on patent filing and prosecution matters globally.
  • Prepare and present training materials to business stakeholders to bolster invention disclosure, trade secret protection, and intellectual property protection efforts.
  • Educate and advise Cepheid associates on intellectual property issues.

The essential requirements of the job include:

  • Juris Doctor with excellent academic credentials from an accredited law school.
  • Admission to applicable state bar, registration as in–house counsel, or ability to gain admission or registration within 90 days.
  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent and experience in patent preparation and prosecution.
  • Minimum of 4+ years of legal experience in the life sciences field in a law firm and/or in–house. Significant experience with trade secrets, transactions in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry advising clients on both business and legal issues strongly preferred.
  • A bachelor's degree with 12+ years of related work experience in a biological science, biochemistry, chemistry, engineering, or other field relevant to life sciences or the medical diagnostic industry with preference for an advanced degree

It would be a plus if you also possess previous experience in:

  • Ability to manage and serve a wide range of clients within the company by recognizing and responding quickly and pragmatically to urgent situations and clients.
  • Cost conscious, proactively manages matter budgets, and will drive strategies to minimize outside counsel spend without sacrificing quality of work product.
  • Prior experience developing or implementing trade secret policies and procedures.

Cepheid, a Danaher operating company, offers a broad array of comprehensive, competitive benefit programs that add value to our lives. Whether it's a health care program or paid time off, our programs contribute to life beyond the job. Check out our benefits at .

At Cepheid we believe in designing a better, more sustainable workforce. We recognize the benefits of flexible, hybrid working arrangements for eligible roles and are committed to providing enriching careers, no matter the work arrangement. This position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement in which you can work part of the time at the Company location identified above and part of the time remotely from your home. Additional information about this hybrid work arrangement will be provided by your interview team. Explore the flexibility and challenge that working for Cepheid can provide.

The salary range for this role is 165,400–260,000 annually . This is the range that we in good faith believe is the range of possible compensation for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range. This range may be modified in the future.

This job is also eligible for bonus/incentive pay.

We offer comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance and 401(k) to eligible employees.

Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, benefits, or any other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company's sole discretion, consistent with the law.

At Danaher we bring together science, technology and operational capabilities to accelerate the real–life impact of tomorrow's science and technology. We partner with customers across the globe to help them solve their most complex challenges, architecting solutions that bring the power of science to life. Our global teams are pioneering what's next across Life Sciences, Diagnostics, Biotechnology and beyond. For more information, visit .

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