The Law Department is recruiting for a Senior Patent Counsel, to primarily support the consumer sector of Johnson & Johnson. The position will report to an Assistant General Counsel – Patents. The position will be located in New Brunswick, NJ, Skillman, NJ or Fort Washington, PA.

Caring for the world, one person at a time has inspired and united the people of Johnson & Johnson for over 125 years. We embrace research and science — bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world.

With $76.5 billion in 2017 sales, Johnson & Johnson is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly-based manufacturer of health care products, as well as a provider of related services, for the consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical devices markets. There are more than 265 Johnson & Johnson operating companies employing approximately 126,500 people and with products touching the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world. If you have the talent and desire to touch the world, Johnson & Johnson has the career opportunities to help make it happen.

As a Senior Patent Counsel, you will:

  • Provide a full range of patent support functions, including patent preparation and prosecution, freedom-to-operate studies (e.g., infringement and validity analysis), and client counseling.
  • Draft and negotiate agreements, including license and research collaboration agreements.
  • Provide due diligence support for business development activities.
  • Have in-depth knowledge of competitive technologies in the consumer product space, as appropriate, including: skin health products, baby products, oral care products, wound care products, and over-the-counter (OTC) products.
  • Support US and international litigation.
  • Manage relationships with external firms, partners and/or outside counsel.
  • Make regular presentations, train and interact with business partners about patents, other intellectual property, contracts, and due diligence matters.
  • Work closely with business leaders and colleagues.


  • An undergraduate or advanced degree in medical sciences, chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, bioengineering, pharmaceutical sciences, or biotechnology is required.
  • A Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school, admitted to the USPTO and licensed to practice in at least one state or the District of Columbia is required.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of law firm and/or corporate law department experience is required.
  • Patent preparation and prosecution experience is required.
  • Conducting patentability and non-infringement studies and rendering opinions is required.
  • Experience in due diligence activities, license/agreement drafting, and contract negotiation is preferred.
  • Background in consumer skin health, oral health, and/or OTC products is preferred.
  • Experience with digital health technology is preferred (e.g., software, big data, data analytics, artificial intelligence and/or mobile device health applications).
  • A demonstrated competency in the chemical, medical, biomedical, bioengineering or pharmaceutical sciences is required.
  • The ability to articulate and positively engage clients and internal partners is required.
  • The ability to give well organized and thoughtful presentations to upper management is required.
  • A positive attitude, high emotional intelligence and the ability to work in a highly matrixed but rewarding business environment is required.
  • Must be able to travel up to 10% of the time both domestically and internationally.

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