The Otsuka US Legal Team is looking for an experienced Intellectual Property Attorney who can be successful within our ethical, fast-paced, adaptive and collaborative culture. This position is located in Princeton, NJ.
Key objectives will be to identify and pursue strategies to capture innovation in all phases of R&D activities of pharmaceutical business, including communicating IP guidance and risks to IP, legal and business teams. Youll craft strategies for the filing, prosecution, maintenance and defense of patents worldwide. You may also work on business development deals or coordinate our response to legal changes.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Actively counsel members of Clinical Development and Medical Affairs departments to identify new inventions as well as devise and implement strategies for patent protection and publication throughout all phases of drug development and commercialization
Create and implement global strategic approaches toward building patent portfolios and providing value to business in view of pharmaceutical product lifecycle.
Build and manage patent portfolios by identifying inventions and preparing, prosecuting, maintaining and defending patent, especially inventions arising in clinical developments.
Prepare and prosecute patent applications including effectively managing outside counsel as needed
Evaluate and monitor patent portfolios of third parties, including IP due diligence in in-licensing opportunities
Develop and communicate IP guidance to stakeholders across the business, including within Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, Business Development, Commercial, Marketing, and Legal Affairs
Support intellectual property-related transactional work
Work collaboratively with colleagues and leadership in the legal and IP function as well as the Clinical Development and Medical Affairs departments, including substantial interactions with IP function of headquarters in Japan
Develop an understanding of the Otsukas technology, scientific and business strategy to develop and prioritize IP strategies and to identify IP-related risks; advise company management and stakeholders on IP strategies and risks
Provide support for patent, licensing, trademark and copyright matters.
Provide IP and technical analysis in support of patent litigations
Perform other legal, administrative and corporate duties upon request
Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) or equivalent degree required
Licensed US Attorney, USPTO Registration Number required
Advanced degree in chemistry, biology or related discipline is preferred
Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience as an in-house patent attorney in the pharmaceutical industry including identifying and protecting inventions arising in clinical developments is required
Laboratory experience in relevant scientific area preferred
Previous law firm experience preferred
Experience integrating global outlook and management of pharmaceutical product lifecycle into decision-making process required.
Experience & demonstrated ability to collaborate, build and sustain effective partnerships with multicultural key stakeholders and project teams
Experience of managing external service providers preferred
First-hand experience of patent drafting and patent prosecution required
First-hand experience of IP-related litigation required
Ability to take initiative to complete tasks, manage risks, manage multiple tasks and projects with rapidly changing priorities
Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, to work in a team and assist others as needed
Ability to identify problems and work to implement solutions, to exercise good judgment regarding the interpretation of policies, development of procedures, and selection of appropriate courses of action
Up to 25% travel is required based upon business needs.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company is a global healthcare company with the corporate philosophy: Otsuka-people creating new products for better health worldwide. Otsuka researches, develops, manufactures and markets innovative products, with a focus on pharmaceutical products to meet unmet medical needs and nutraceutical products for the maintenance of everyday health.
In pharmaceuticals, Otsuka is a leader in the challenging area of mental health and also has research programs on several under-addressed diseases including tuberculosis, a significant global public health issue. These commitments illustrate how Otsuka is a big venture company at heart, applying creativity in everything it does.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company is a subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The Otsuka group of companies employed 50,000 people worldwide and had consolidated sales of approximately USD 11 billion ( 9.9 billion) in 2016.
All Otsuka stories start by taking the road less travelled. Learn more about Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company on its global website at www.otsuka.co.jp/en . Learn more about Otsuka in the U.S. at www.otsuka-us.com .
This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned to this position. It is not intended to include every job duty and responsibility specific to the position. Otsuka reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.
Otsuka is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disabled status, or any protected status.
At Otsuka, our people are passionate about developing and delivering original products as part of a global holistic commitment to better health and well-being. We have two core businesses dedicated to achieving our goals: a pharmaceutical business and a nutraceutical business. The pharmaceutical business develops and markets products for the diagnosis and treatment of disease in the following areas: central nervous system, oncology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology and cardiovascular. The nutraceutical business is dedicated to maintaining and improving health through the use of foods and beverages that provide extra health benefits in addition to their basic nutritional value. Since the beginning, nearly 100 years ago, the Otsuka family sought to develop products that stood out from the crowd, by traveling down the paths of discovery where others were less likely to tread.
We believe our culture and our people are the differentiators that empower us to produce breakthrough results. This is what makes us a big venture company that takes risks and focuses on unmet medical needs in order to develop new and better therapeutic compounds. We harness the extraordinary cr...eative and innovative abilities of our people to solve problems differently, and to persevere until they find answers. We are in this for the long-haul. Otsuka is a highly ethical company. We adhere to the highest standards in how we develop and deliver our products, and in how we treat our most valuable assets: Otsuka-people. We encourage them to follow their dreams, as turning dreams into reality is at the core of everything we do. It paves the way ahead to achieve our shared purpose: impacting on human health to help people live better lives.