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Merck & Co. Inc.

Director, Patent Legal



Full Time

On Site


Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

The attorney will provide patent support functions for our Company’s discovery and development programs in the human health area.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Drafting and prosecuting patent applications to protect our Company’s products, product candidates and platform technologies;

  • Conducting freedom to operate analyses for our Company’s extensive Research & Development (R&D) activities;

  • Conducting intellectual property due diligences for various types of corporate transactions, including research collaborations and acquisitions;

  • Providing legal counseling services that are consistent with law and Company policies, furthering business objectives and appropriately balancing divisional/functional/corporate business objectives and legal risks;

  • Reviewing and advising on intellectual property provisions in various types of agreements including licensing and collaboration agreements;

  • Exercising judgment to drive decisions on routine and non-routine matters within areas of practice; and

  • Supervising activities and managing relationships with outside counsel.

Some domestic and international travel may be required.



  • A bachelor's degree in the pharmaceutical, chemical or biological sciences from an accredited institution; and

  • Graduate of an accredited US law school.


  • Registered to practice before the USPTO;

  • Member in good standing of a Bar of at least one state or the District of Columbia;

  • Five (5) or more years of experience as an attorney in a law firm or corporate setting, practicing in the patent area (Note: time accrued as a practicing patent agent may be considered);

  • Expertise in drafting and prosecuting biologic/vaccine (large molecule) patents, with a willingness to develop expertise in the other area;

  • Strong technical background; and

  • Excellent communication and analytical skills.


  • Advanced degree in the biological or chemical sciences;

  • Experience in counseling clients on intellectual property issues;

  • Experience in managing a significant workload, with the ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously;

  • Ability to work in cross-functional teams; and

  • Ability to be proactive and take initiative.

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth


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Requisition ID:R132688