Senior Patent Counsel @ Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc

San Diego [Hybrid]

About the Company:

Neurocrine Biosciences prides themselves on having a strong, inclusive, and positive culture based on our shared purpose and values. They know what it takes to be great, and they are as passionate about their people as they are about their purpose - to relieve suffering for people with great needs, but few options.

Neurocrine Biosciences is a neuroscience-focused, biopharmaceutical company with a simple purpose: to relieve suffering for people with great needs, but few options. They are dedicated to discovering and developing life-changing treatments for patients with under-addressed neurological, endocrine and psychiatric disorders. The company’s diverse portfolio includes FDA-approved treatments for tardive dyskinesia, Parkinson’s disease, endometriosis* and uterine fibroids*, as well as clinical programs in multiple therapeutic areas. For three decades, they have applied their unique insight into neuroscience and the interconnections between brain and body systems to treat complex conditions. They relentlessly pursue medicines to ease the burden of debilitating diseases and disorders, because you deserve brave science. *in collaboration with AbbVie

About the Role:

Addresses a broad array of legal matters to support the Company’s Commercial, Corporate Affairs, and Medical Affairs functions. Works closely with other members of the Legal Department and their respective clients to address legal issues across several disciplines. Counsels clients and drafts and negotiates complex commercial arrangements. Advises and trains business clients on contract requirements.

    • Identification of inventions, patent drafting, and prosecution relating to biologics and gene therapy
    • Conducting strategic IP due diligence, including analyzing the patent portfolios of the Company’s competitors and potential collaborators
    • Identifying opportunities for expanding the Company’s IP position and collaborating with members of various discovery, development and business groups within the Company
    • Working and communicating with collaborators and other external strategic partners in connection with developing a global IP strategy
    • Reviewing and negotiating license agreements and IP clauses in other agreements
    • Supporting preparation for Biosimilars, and other patent litigation support
    • Managing outside legal counsel globally
    • Other duties as assigned

About You:

  • PhD in genetics, immunology, biochemistry, virology or related discipline preferred OR
  • Master's degree in genetics, immunology, biochemistry, virology or related discipline required and
  • Juris Doctorate (JD) and admission to practice in California preferred and 10+ years of IP experience with significant in-house and/or law firm patent experience related to biologics and/or gene therapy. Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office required
  • A broad range of patent-related legal expertise required, including in patent preparation, both U.S. and foreign prosecution, IP due diligence, and strategic counseling
  • Expertise in IP litigation and the aspects of regulatory affairs related to market exclusivity
  • Ability to independently oversee legal matters, manage the use of outside legal counsel and work collaboratively with other personnel at Neurocrine
  • Ability to set aggressive deadlines, handle multiple complex legal matters and see projects through to conclusion
  • Recognized external expert in a strategic job function
  • Requires broad and comprehensive expertise in leading-edge theories and techniques within a strategic job function
  • Applies ingenuity and creativity to problem analysis and resolution in complicated and/or novel situations
  • Influences internal/external business and/or industry issues that have an impact on Neurocrine
  • Ability to drive strategic direction into tactical plans
  • Ability to lead multiple teams
  • Strong leadership, mentoring skills and abilities typically supervises lower levels and/or leads indirect teams
  • Exceptional communications, problem-solving, analytical thinking, influencing skills
  • Sets broader picture and longer-term vision for department
  • Ability to meet multiple deadlines across a variety of projects/programs, with a high degree of accuracy and efficiency
  • Excellent project leadership skills

Neurocrine Biosciences is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets employer.

They are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, and they recognize there are a variety of ways to meet their requirements. They are looking for the best candidate for the job and encourage you to apply even if your experience or qualifications don’t line up to exactly what they have outlined in the job description.


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