Senior IP Counsel

Posted Nov 11
Full Time
Emeryville, California

BeiGene continues to grow at a rapid pace with challenging and exciting opportunities for experienced professionals. When considering candidates, we look for scientific and business professionals who are highly motivated, collaborative, and most importantly, share our passionate interest in fighting cancer.

BeiGene is a rapidly growing, global, commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative molecularly targeted and immuno-oncology drugs for the treatment of cancer. Likewise, BeiGene’s Legal and Compliance is building a team based on excellence, collaboration, and ongoing development to support BeiGene’s mission. It is a great place to start or continue your career as an in-house patent attorney in pharmaceutical industry.

We are seeking an experienced IP counsel to join our growing in-house IP legal team to support BeiGene’s R&D, business development, and commercialization efforts as we further our vision to develop and commercialize molecularly targeted and immuno-oncology cancer therapeutics. This position will report to the Senior IP Counsel, and will be in our Cambridge, MA, San Mateo, CA, or Emeryville, CA offices.


  • Identify patentable inventions, draft patent applications, work together with outside counsel on patent filing, prosecution and patent portfolio matters and collaborate with R&D on inventions and freedom to operate.
  • Conduct patent and prior art search, competitive landscape analysis, patentability, and freedom to operate analysis.
  • Draft IP provisions of contract templates, as well as review and negotiate IP clauses in relevant BeiGene contracts.
  • Support business development and research collaborations, including due diligence assessments, on contract drafting and negotiation, and alliance management of existing collaborations.
  • Monitor patent trends and case law developments in major markets, and adjust IP strategies; accordingly, and advocate positions important to BeiGene in matters concerning IP government and regulatory policy.
  • Review draft publications and presentations.
  • Provide litigation support, including validity and non-infringement analysis.
  • Manage trademark matters.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • This position does not have managerial responsibility or budgetary discretion.

Computer Skills

  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, Word, Excel, SharePoint

Other Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry or other chemical sciences required. Juris Doctor from an accredited U.S. law school.
  • Minimum five (5) years of relevant experience in pharmaceutical patent practice.
  • Chinese language skills strongly preferred.
  • Deep understanding of global pharmaceutical patent laws, regulatory data protection laws, regulations and best practices, in the U.S., China, and Europe.
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical industry and / or strong understanding of pharmaceutical R&D and commercialization.
  • Excellent drafting, negotiation and communication skills, with the ability and confidence to represent BeiGene in the area of patent law.
  • Prior experience managing projects strongly preferred.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in counseling drug discovery and development and commercial launch. Proven track record of patent portfolio development.
  • Experience and skill at drafting patent applications and responses to patent office actions.
  • Team-oriented and able to build strong cross-functional relationships and influence others without direct line reporting authority.
  • A demonstrated ability to collaborate, as well as to work independently, balancing competing priorities in a fast-paced environment with a high level of professionalism.
  • Highly effective communication skills (both verbal and written).
  • Ability to understand complicated laws and regulations and translate them into practical, business-oriented legal counsel.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Ability to handle confidential and proprietary information using excellent discretion and judgment.
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently and be reliable and responsive.
  • Ability to be flexible and willing to accept new responsibilities as needed.

Education Required

  • Juris Doctor from an accredited U.S. law school; admitted to USPTO, and at least one state bar


  • Up to 10%


  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically in accordance with BeiGene’s Code of Conduct, policies and procedures.
  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Follows instructions and responds to management direction.
  • Communication - Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Writes clearly and informatively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed; Shares expertise with others.
  • Adaptability – Able to adapt to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and development areas; Pursues training and opportunities for growth; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
  • Dependability - Follows instructions and responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully.
  • Project Management - Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and within budget.

BeiGene Global Competencies

When we exhibit our values of Patients First, Collaborative Spirit, Bold Ingenuity and Driving Excellence, through our twelve global competencies below, we help get more affordable medicines to more patients around the world.

  • Fosters Teamwork
  • Provides and Solicits Honest and Actionable Feedback
  • Self-Awareness
  • Acts Inclusively
  • Demonstrates Initiative
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Continuous Learning
  • Embraces Change
  • Results-Oriented
  • Analytical Thinking/Data Analysis
  • Financial Excellence
  • Communicates with Clarity

Salary Range: $191,900.00 - $251,900.00 annually

BeiGene is committed to fair and equitable compensation practices. Actual compensation packages are determined by several factors that are unique to each candidate, including but not limited to job-related skills, depth of experience, certifications, relevant education or training, and specific work location. Packages may vary by location due to differences in the cost of labor. The recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for a preferred location during the hiring process. Please note that the listed range reflects the base salary or hourly range only. Non-Commercial roles are eligible to participate in the annual bonus plan, and Commercial roles are eligible to participate in an incentive compensation plan. All Company employees have the opportunity to own shares of BeiGene Ltd. stock because all employees are eligible for discretionary equity awards and to voluntarily participate in the Employee Stock Purchase Plan. The Company has a comprehensive benefits package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k), FSA/HSA, Life Insurance, Paid Time Off, and Wellness.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. BeiGene does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.