Posted to MedZilla on 8/16/2018

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Patent Counsel R0000567-MZ


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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as Patent Counsel in our Boston office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As Patent Counsel working on the Legal - Intellectual Property team, you will be empowered and a typical day will include:

The overall purpose for this senior level in-house, intellectual property counsel is to provide the organization with expertise in a variety of intellectual property issues including Therapeutic Area, Region and/or Global Function support.


  • Represents IP in Global Product and Global Brand Teams and for leading the IP strategy for Global Product Teams and Global Brand Teams (and related sub-teams such as Clinical, CMC, TMed or other sub-teams) by translating strategic decisions into operational plans consistent with IP Therapeutic Area strategy.

  • Establishes rapport and positive working relationships with GPT, GBT and related sub-team members and act as their advisor on a variety of IP related issues including publication reviews, IP agreement support, and other IP issues that arise in the GPT, GBT or other sub-team activities.

  • Builds consensus across global IP regions/functions for GPT, GBT and/or other Global Function activities.

  • Contributes to the development of policies/procedures for IP Therapeutic Area, Regional or Global Functional Groups, in collaboration with IP TAH, IP Region Head and/or IP Function Head.

  • Prepares and prosecutes or oversees the preparation and prosecution of worldwide patent applications and conducts patentability and freedom to operate assessments for Discovery, Development and Commercial related activities.

  • Oversees/conducts IP due diligence, IP review and IP agreement negotiation support for Takeda s investment, partnering and in licensing activities.

  • Participates in interference and opposition proceedings.

  • Provides Intellectual property litigation support.

  • Develops and continually expands a thorough understanding of the Company s current and planned business activities, products, competitors, and markets in order to identify relevant legal trends, laws and regulations

  • Leads/Participates in and provides strategic support to contract negotiations for IP provisions with outside parties (corporations, academia, research institutes, etc.) related to Takeda s Discovery, Development and Commercial Program activities.

  • Manages legal resources internally, directly and/or indirectly, and externally to complete projects in a timely and high quality manner.

  • May supervise one or more direct reports and one or more other global IP members.

  • Provides guidance and training to less experienced IP attorneys and other global IP members

  • Identifies training needs within the organization and assists in the development and presentation of training materials on relevant IP laws and related business issues.

  • Perform special assignments or projects, as assigned by senior attorneys.


  • Strong technical expertise/knowledge in the small molecule areas (experience in managing development programs a plus).

  • Background in organic chemistry

  • Experience in leading negotiation of complex licensing and/or M&A agreements preferred.

  • 8+ years experience practicing intellectual property law (law firm and/or in-house) is required, preferably 4+ years of in-house experience.

  • Strong communication and presentation skills

  • Ability to influence and work successfully with varied audiences.

  • Experience and skills in management of Patent Professionals a plus.


  • Juris Doctorate degree

  • Registration before a state bar.

  • Registration to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


  • Manual dexterity required to operate office equipment (i.e. computers, phones, etc.).


  • Willingness to travel to various meetings or sites, including overnight trips. Some international travel will be required.

  • Requires approximately 10 % travel.


  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Company match of charitable contributions

  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings

  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days

  • Community Outreach Programs

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