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Sr Patent Counsel, Chemistry/Biologics

Gilead Sciences
$237,660- $307,560/ year
Posted Jun 05
Full Time
On Site
Foster City, California

Job Description

At Gilead, we’re creating a healthier world for all people. For more than 35 years, we’ve tackled diseases such as HIV, viral hepatitis, COVID-19 and cancer – working relentlessly to develop therapies that help improve lives and to ensure access to these therapies across the globe. We continue to fight against the world’s biggest health challenges, and our mission requires collaboration, determination and a relentless drive to make a difference.

Every member of Gilead’s team plays a critical role in the discovery and development of life-changing scientific innovations. Our employees are our greatest asset as we work to achieve our bold ambitions, and we’re looking for the next wave of passionate and ambitious people ready to make a direct impact.

We believe every employee deserves a great leader. People Leaders are the cornerstone to the employee experience at Gilead and Kite. As a people leader now or in the future, you are the key driver in evolving our culture and creating an environment where every employee feels included, developed and empowered to fulfil their aspirations. Join Gilead and help create possible, together.

Job Description

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that has pursued and achieved breakthroughs in medicine for more than three decades, with the goal of creating a healthier world for all people. The company is committed to advancing innovative medicines to prevent and treat life-threatening diseases, including HIV, viral hepatitis, and cancer. Gilead operates in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.

Sr Patent Counsel, Chemistry/Biologics

As Patent Counsel you will develop and implement comprehensive patent portfolio strategies across Gilead’s therapeutic areas and various therapeutic modalities, including small molecule and biologic therapeutics. As a member of Gilead’s patent prosecution team, you will work collaboratively on cross-functional research teams to advance research and clinical candidates through the drug development process. You will advise research teams and management regarding risks and opportunities related to Gilead’s intellectual property. You will be a member of Gilead’s cross-functional research teams, working collaboratively with preclinical and clinical scientific teams to advance research and clinical candidates, in accordance with Gilead’s Core Values and Leadership Commitments.


Specific Responsibilities and Skills

The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of experience with global patent prosecution and patent application drafting, preferably in the fields of organic chemistry, protein biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, or biotechnology. The ideal candidate will also have some experience performing landscape and FTO analysis. Proven ability to handle either small molecule or large molecule patent application drafting or prosecution is required. The ability to handle drafting or prosecution across different therapeutic modalities is a plus. Experience with IP transactions is also a plus. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate initiative and sound judgment and to have a service-oriented focus. The successful candidate will demonstrate Gilead’s Core Values and Leadership Commitments through their independent work and work with others. The ability to proactively identify IP-related issues potentially impacting the business and to work cross-functionally to devise and communicate clear advice is essential. The successful candidate will be a part of the product attorney group and will report to a senior member of the patent prosecution team.


Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee and develop patent portfolios to protect Gilead’s product pipeline with a focus on small molecule or biologic therapeutics.
  • Draft and prosecute patent applications (US and foreign patent offices).
  • Effectively manage activities of outside counsel.
  • Counsel non-legal colleagues regarding patent strategy and identification of patentable inventions.
  • Counsel regarding freedom-to-operate and patent landscape searches and analyses.
  • Review and assist in the drafting and negotiation of nondisclosure, research, license and other agreements involving the use, transfer, or ownership of intellectual property.
  • Review proposed publications regarding Gilead’s research programs for potential IP issues.
  • Provide support for corporate development activities, including licensing and acquisitions.
  • Prepare and conduct presentations to a variety of audiences on IP topics.
  • Assist with procuring and/or advising on regulatory exclusivities and data protection.



  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry or related sciences, advanced degree a plus.
  • Admission to practice before the USPTO.
  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and admission before a state bar.
  • 4 + years’ experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in a law firm or in-house.
  • Experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries preferred.
  • Experience with freedom to operate and patent landscape analysis.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Must have strong client service orientation.
  • Must have strong commitment to integrity, teamwork, excellence, inclusion, and accountability.

The salary range for this position is: $237,660.00 - $307,560.00. Gilead considers a variety of factors when determining base compensation, including experience, qualifications, and geographic location. These considerations mean actual compensation will vary. This position may also be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus, discretionary stock-based long-term incentives (eligibility may vary based on role), paid time off, and a benefits package. Benefits include company-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans*.

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* Eligible employees may participate in benefit plans, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable plans.

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