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Vice President (Lead Counsel) Intellectual Property

Location: Bothell, Washington
Job Code: 1703JL-01 #LI-JW1
# of Openings: 1



Reporting to the EVP, Legal Affairs and General Counsel, you will lead the Company’s intellectual property group and will advise and interact with senior management, scientists and other company personnel autonomously.  This is a highly visible role; the person in this position will have demonstrated the ability to effectively devise and implement the patent and other IP strategy for a high growth, global biotech company with deep knowledge regarding the filing and prosecution of patents and other intellectual property for strong product exclusivity and advise on license and M&A transactions, adversarial proceedings, and partnership management to the extent involving intellectual property.  Demonstrated ability to effectively manage in-house lawyers/staff and outside counsel is a must. Experience mentoring and managing a biotechnology intellectual property legal team is required.



  • Devises IP strategy for product and technology exclusivity in a rapidly evolving oncology landscape; oversee the implementation of the IP strategy
  • Participate in senior level committees involving research and development to guide and implement business objectives, including advising and communicating with senior management and the board of directors as needed
  • Lead and mentor a team of senior and junior patent counsel, patent agents and paralegals (seven in total and growing) in the development and management of the Company’s extensive portfolios relating to products in both the chemical and biological sciences
  • Advise the company on navigating around IP risks including freedom to operate
  • Advise in intellectual property due diligence in potential mergers, acquisitions, licenses and other strategic initiatives that involve intellectual property as well as supervising outside counsel in a cost effective manner for same
  • Advise transactional lawyers on the drafting, negotiating, and managing of license agreements, joint development agreements and other complex intellectual property agreements and/or transactions
  • Work with in-house and outside counsel with intellectual property litigation, patent challenges and other IP disputes in a cost effective manner, including potential generic or biosimilar disputes
  • Proven performance in people management and excellent interpersonal relations
  • An ability to work with diverse functions within the company


  • Qualified candidates must have 15+ years in patent prosecution with experience in biotech or pharma as head of intellectual property or deputy head of intellectual property
  • Experience managing lawyers and staff and counseling senior business leaders
  • Juris Doctorate from nationally recognized law school; admission to practice in the United States Patent and Trademark Office; US state bar admission in good standing; advanced degree in chemistry or biological sciences highly preferred; work location in the Seattle area


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