Patent Attorney II (Chemistry), R&D IP – NIBRI (Cambridge, MA) – Cambridge


Patent Attorney II (Chemistry), R&D IP – NIBRI (Cambridge, MA)

Job Description

30000+ active patent records and 150+ patent applications filed annually. Are you curious and inspired to reimagine medicine as part of a collaborative and creative team of patent attorneys?

Join our global R&D Intellectual Property team, spread across 5 sites in the U.S. and Switzerland, to make an impact on how we protect innovative medicines for patients.


Job Purpose:

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

This includes for you 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.

EEO Statement

The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

Minimum requirements


J.D. degree with admission to at least one state bar & registered to practice before US Patent Office

Bachelor degree in chemistry or equivalent; MS/ PhD, or equivalent, in organic chemistry or pharmaceutical science is preferred

1-2+ years exposure to the drug discovery and development processes utilized at pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology companies


7+ years experience as a patent practitioner in a law firm or in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry is required

Strong scientific background in chemical sciences, in particular organic or pharmaceutical chemistry; preferably including direct lab experience

Expertise in local (US) and PCT law, filing process and prosecution practice; detailed understanding of counterpart European patent law and other major global patent systems

Strong customer-service experience & focus to build and sustain effective partnerships with key stakeholders and project teams

Experience integrating global outlook and management of product lifecycle into decision-making process


Effective analytical, presentation, and business communication skills

Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team

Well-developed research and critical thinking skills, and sound decision-making abilities, with attention to detail to produce consistently accurate work

Strong organization and time management skills with flexibility, creativity, resourcefulness to successfully prioritize and manage multiple, competing priorities simultaneously

Strong interpersonal skills (partnership, influence/persuasion, teamwork)


Why consider Novartis?

799 million. Thats how many lives our products touched in 2019. And while were proud of that fact, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this: how can we continue to improve and extend even more peoples lives?

We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where youre given opportunities to explore the power of digital and data. Where youre empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks, and where youre surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the worlds toughest medical challenges.

Imagine what you could do at Novartis!



Business Unit




Work Location

Cambridge, MA

Company/Legal Entity


Functional Area

Legal & Intellectual Property & Compliance

Job Type

Full Time

Employment Type


Shift Work


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