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Patent Attorney II (Chemistry) - R&D IP - NIBRI



Full Time

On Site


Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Job Description

5,600 people dedicated to discovery across 6 research locations around the globe!

The Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) is the innovation engine of Novartis. We collaborate across scientific and organizational boundaries, with a focus on powerful new technologies that have the potential to help produce therapeutic breakthroughs for patients.

Join our global R&D Intellectual property team to make an impact on how we protect innovative medicines for patients.

The Patent Attorney will perform, manage, direct, and leverage designated patent and related intellectual property (IP) activities within the research and development (R&D) organization of Novartis.

Your key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Provide clear, informed and sophisticated counseling to Novartis R&D clients on opportunities to protect their inventions, create IP portfolios, advise on publication strategies, and mitigate third party risks.

• Build and manage patent portfolios for Novartis R&D projects by identifying inventions and preparing, prosecuting, maintaining, and defending patent filings for them, especially in technical areas related to new chemical entities and their uses, processes, platforms, and technologies, as well as clinical developments.

• Render legal opinions with respect to patentability, validity, and freedom to operate, and formulate patent strategies for Novartis R&D clients that secure IP positions and freedom-to-operate (FTO), as well as enable IP defense(s).

• Apply deep expertise in national patent law and practice, in particular for the US but also other major jurisdictions such as EP, JP and CN, including patent trends and case law developments, to devise patent strategies and advice.

• Understand other forms of protection relating to exclusivity, and apply as required.

• Communicate effectively and clearly with colleagues and leadership in the legal and IP function as well as the R&D organization. Build and manage external relationships with outside counsel and collaborators, including substantial interactions within a multicultural global patent function.

• Conduct due diligence assessments and counsel based on these assessments, including FTO, infringement and validity analyses, and risk evaluation and mitigation.

• Provide IP support for transactional projects, such as research collaborations and in-licensing opportunities, including advice on contract drafting and negotiation.

• Perform timely review of publication requests.

• Deliver work results on-time, on-target, and within budget.

• Continue professional development and contribute to development of IP colleagues.