The Senior Counsel will be an experienced patent attorney responsible for Synthetic Molecule projects and will be part of the US team dedicated to all aspects of patent protection for a diverse range of programs across Sanofi’s business units. The attorney will advise on wide range of intellectual property matters, including patent preparation and prosecution, worldwide patent portfolio management, overall IP strategy, patentability, and freedom-to-operate analyses.

The position reports directly to the Leader of Synthetic Molecules Patents US.

The position is located at 50 Binney Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sanofi U.S. is only considering candidates who are currently legally eligible to work in the U.S. Company-paid relocation benefits are not offered for this position.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Prepare, file, and prosecute US, EPO, and foreign patent applications in chemical and pharmaceutical areas.
  • Interact with clients at all levels of the organization (including Research & Development, Project Management, Business Development, Franchise, Industrial Affairs) in the US and Europe to provide client counselling and proactively solicit invention disclosures.
  • Proactively counsel clients about IP strategy related to clients business.
  • Provide patentability evaluation of IP related to internal, collaborative, and external projects.
  • Initiate, defend, and manage post issuance patent proceedings such as post grant reviews, inter partes reviews, oppositions, and litigations.
  • Participate in due diligence and the drafting, reviewing, and negotiation of agreements covering intellectual property rights.
  • Conduct, direct, and analyze patent searches and render opinions on validity, non-infringement, and patent avoidance of third-party patents.
  • Review proposed research papers and other publications for any impact on patent strategies


  • A minimum of a Graduate degree (MS, PhD) in a chemical or biochemical science is required. PhD is preferred.
  • A minimum of 12 years of patent law experience gained in-house and/or in a law firm is required for this role
  • Registered US Patent Attorney is required
  • Member of at least one US State Bar is required
  • Extensive experience in handling complex pharmaceutical IP matters and counselling senior and executive level clients is required
  • Experience in managing patent litigation’s, US post-grant proceedings, EP Oppositions, IP due diligence, agreement drafting is required
  • Orange Book listings, and patent term litigation is preferred
  • Able to independently handle preparation and global prosecution of patent applications
  • Ability to work in a team within an international professional network and interact with colleagues in other countries.
  • A highly motivated and performance driven person exhibiting initiative to contribute to the team in more ways than mere handling of assigned projects.
  • Fluent in English, familiarity with French and/or German would be an asset
  • Position may require up to 10% overall travel (domestic and international)

Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law. #GD-SA; #LI-SA

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