Associate Director, Senior Counsel IP (Intellectual Property) – Corporation – Duluth, GA – Hybrid

As an employee of Boehringer Ingelheim, you will actively contribute to the discovery, development, and delivery of our products to our patients and customers. Our global presence provides opportunity for all employees to collaborate internationally, offering visibility and opportunity to directly contribute to the companies' success. We realize that our strength and competitive advantage lie with our people. We support our employees in several ways to foster a healthy working environment, meaningful work, diversity and inclusion, mobility, networking, and work-life balance. Our competitive compensation and benefit programs reflect Boehringer Ingelheim's high regard for our employees.

The AD, Sr. Counsel IP (Intellectual Property) supports Boehringer Ingelheim's Animal Health global biotech patent team by providing legal services to Clients in Boehringer Ingelheim’s Animal Health division, typically at the Executive Director level and below. This level of counseling provided requires an in-depth knowledge of U.S. patent law and practice, familiarity with patent prosecution practice in Europe and other jurisdictions as well as having a sound scientific background in biotech-related life sciences. Duties for this role include preparing, filing and prosecuting patent applications in the U.S. as well as managing and coordinating the global prosecution of Boehringer Ingelheim’s patent applications.

Responsibility for this role also includes drafting and reviewing intellectual property provisions in agreements and providing patentability and freedom to operate assessments of internal and third-party intellectual property rights. In addition to one area of expertise (e.g., patents), the incumbent must have begun developing skills and acumen in an additional area of law and have a clear understanding of the Animal Health or related business environment in which legal advice is rendered. The incumbent must utilize their legal background, and strong knowledge of the business, to move the business forward by providing sound legal counsel and advice.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepares, usually independently, legal documents, including letters, notices, legal opinions, contracts, patent applications, administrative filings, etc.
  • Identifies inventions, prepares and files patent applications.
  • Prosecutes patent applications in the U.S. and instructs foreign agents in the prosecution of corresponding applications in their jurisdictions.
  • Provides advice to clients on questions related to patentability, infringement and freedom to operate of Intellectual Property (IP) rights.
  • Participates in IP due diligence activities for in-licensing or acquisition projects.
  • Participates in & supports patent oppositions and other post-grant administrative proceedings.
  • Influences clients by identifying and communicating risks associated with complex business activities within the IP legal area. Helps identify risks in outside lawyer's legal area; provides training and business advice to clients on legal issues within lawyer’s expertise.
  • Partners with clients by looking beyond immediate business issue and identifying broader business purposes.
  • Proactively applies legal framework to both the specific business activity and the broader business purposes.
  • Develops alternative legal solutions to enable the achievement of successful outcomes.
  • Usually leads with other in-house and outside counsel where appropriate.
  • Manages (directly / indirectly) assistants and other department members.
  • Mentors and/or trains junior attorneys, paralegals, support team and/or others in department.
  • Keeps current with evolving legal and business issues within area of expertise and clients.


  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school; at least six (6) to eight (8) years relevant legal experience; admission to at least one State bar.
  • A sound background and education (preferably graduate degree) in a biotech-life science field such as for example biotechnology, molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology or vaccine research.
  • Must be registered to practice at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills; demonstrates discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality of information.


  • Expert understanding of state and federal laws, regulations and policies in at least one specialized legal area.
  • Strong working knowledge of laws, regulations and policies in a second specialized legal area.
  • Ability to interpret and apply such laws, regulations and policies to inform business activities.
  • Ability to apply law to complex business situations.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.
  • Must be willing to take a drug test and post-offer physical (if required).
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.

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Additional Info
Employer Type: Large Corporation
Job Location: Duluth, GA - Hybrid