Patent Attorney – Large Corporation – Tarrytown, N.Y.

Our client, a dynamic and fast growing publicly traded biopharmaceutical company in New York is seeking an experienced patent attorney for the position of Assistant General Counsel. This is a role for an independent thinker as the Assistant General Counsel will help develop comprehensive global strategies for expanding the company’s intellectual property protection around key molecules, platforms and other technologies to ensure the company’s long-term competitive advantage.

The Assistant General Counsel will also advise on emerging IP legal issues and play an active role in forming the company’s response to current IP legislative developments and IP policy issues. In addition, the Assistant General Counsel will be expected to contribute to administrative and legal projects intended to develop an IP Department displaying the highest legal and ethical standards.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting strategic IP due diligence, including analyzing the company’s IP portfolio as well as the portfolios of its competitors and potential collaborators
  • Identifying opportunities for expanding the company’s IP position and working with members of various business, legal, scientific and administrative groups within the company to take advantage of such opportunities
  • Working and communicating with collaborators and other external strategic partners in connection with developing a global IP strategy
  • Developing best practices and internal SOPs for ensuring a high functioning IP Department
  • Managing the use of outside legal counsel and internal resources, as may be necessary, to fulfill the aforementioned responsibilities.

Qualified applicants must have:

  • A Juris Doctorate and be admitted to practice in at least one state, New York preferred, or qualified for New York’s in house counsel license.
  • At least 15 years’ in-house and/or law firm experience.
  • Ph.D. in biological sciences (eg biochemistry, biotechnology) required, immunology a plus.
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Ideal candidate will have a broad range of patent-related legal expertise. Experience in patent preparation and prosecution, IP due diligence, strategic counseling and licensing required. Experience in IP litigation and drug regulatory affairs a plus.
  • Exceptional communication skills, including presentation, interpersonal, writing and conflict resolution.
  • Ability to independently oversee legal matters, manage the use of outside legal counsel and work collaboratively with other personnel at the company
  • Ability to set aggressive deadlines, handle multiple complex legal matters and see projects through to conclusion.

To apply, please email Melissa Peters at

Additional Info
Employer Type: Large Corporation
Job Location: Tarrytown, New York