Salix Pharmaceuticals seeks an Attorney, Intellectual Property and Licensing.
The Attorney, Intellectual Property and Licensing will work with our Associate General Counsel of IP & Licensing and be responsible for drafting and managing global patent portfolios directed to Salix's products. In addition to working on all aspects of patent prosecution, including drafting patent applications and responding to Office Actions, the position will work closely with R&D colleagues to monitor the progress of Salix's in-house research and development, evaluate freedom to operate with respect to third party patent rights, evaluate potential in-licensing or acquisition opportunities and advise research groups on a variety of IP issues, including assessment of third party patent rights.
This position provides the opportunity to work on a wide range of IP issues in a growth-oriented pharmaceutical company. Responsibilities include drafting new patent applications and responses to US and foreign office actions, collaborating with outside US and foreign patent counsel handling patent prosecution matters including appeals, and assisting with IP due diligence for licensing agreements and patentability and freedom to operate studies.
The position requires a JD degree from accredited law school, admission to at least one state bar, and admission to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A BA/BS in chemistry, molecular biology or related degree is also required; advanced degree preferred.
Salix is also willing to consider a Patent Agent for this position. In that circumstance, the JD is not required, but the candidate must be admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A BA/BS in chemistry, molecular biology or related degree is also required; advanced degree preferred.
Candidates must have a minimum of 3 years of biological/chemical/ pharmaceutical patent prosecution experience, AND at least 2 years of experience working in-house in the patent department of a pharmaceutical company. Candidates must also demonstrate a full understanding of U.S. patent law, and knowledge of European patent law, including patentability, prosecution, validity, infringement and litigation. Strong background in drafting/filing of patents as well as prosecution experience is also must.
The successful candidate will also be detail-oriented, independently motivated, and have the ability to interact with clients and co-workers in a professional, approachable, and positive manner.
Apply online by visiting this link: https://jobs-salix.icims.com/jobs/1862/job.
Employer Type: Small Corporation
Job Location: Palo Alto, California