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Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation
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Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation Duties: Reports to a Senior Associate General Counsel and will be responsible for managing intellectual property litigation in the U.S. and foreign countries. Assisting with the global enforcement and defense of Gileads patent portfolio; defending patent infringement allegations from competitors and other patent holders; [litigating/defending] licensing disputes; providing support to patent product attorneys in global opposition, invalidation and revocation proceedings; and coordinating external communications concerning intellectual property litigation with Public Affairs, Investor Relations and Government Affairs. Will be called upon to assist the department in managing work load by undertaking additional activities as needed to support the IP interests of the company, particularly in connection with acquisition due diligence and complex litigation matters. Will also support activities designed to improve departmental processes and procedures. Actively managing and supporting internal and external litigation teams. Supervising day-to-day tasks associated with case management, coordinating and participating in interviews of fact and expert witnesses, collaborating with outside counsel to prepare witnesses for depositions and trial, attending fact and expert depositions, collaborating with internal and outside counsel to select experts and to prepare expert testimony, and preparing for/attending trial. Overseeing internal document collection and production, including working with our paralegals and the internal e-discovery team. Reviewing correspondence, arguments, memos, and briefs in support of litigation. Supervising and training more junior members of the IP litigation group. Collaborating with team members outside the US to run foreign litigations and the day-to-day tasks associated with multijurisdictional litigation teams. Developing strategies and arguments related to global opposition, invalidation and revocation proceedings. Negotiating litigation-related agreements. Collaborating with Gileads business partners. Assisting in preparing comprehensive patent portfolio summary documents and conducting patent portfolio reviews in anticipation of generic litigation. Contributing to or conducting analysis of freedom-to-operate, validity, exclusivity, and due diligence; and advising internal clients on those positions in consultation with outside counsel. Providing input on how to improve our client services in an ever-changing and challenging legal and political environment, including responses to government and agency investigations that implicate our IP. Gain and ensure alignment with senior management and relevant functions on specific matters and projects.

Qualifications: JD Degree from a nationally recognized law school and admission to at least one U.S. State Bar is required. Registration to practice before the USPTO is preferred. 12+ years of relevant litigation experience with a Bachelor's degree or higher in biology, chemistry, pharmacy, immunology or other related life-sciences discipline. Preference will be given to individuals having 5+ years of experience in pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology patent litigation. Experience should reflect a primary focus on patent litigation regarding pharmaceuticals, biotechnology or other life-sciences field. Requires extensive teamwork. The ability to work collaboratively and efficiently with others is absolutely critical. Must have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and work well with a variety of different personalities to be successful in this role. Combination of law firm and in-house experience preferred.
 
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