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IP Alliance and Due Diligence Patent Counsel

Gilead Sciences
$237,660- $307,560/ year
Posted Jun 29
Full Time
HybridFoster 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 is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide. Headquartered in Foster City, California, Gilead has operations in North, South and Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Gilead makes it a priority to increase access to its medicines for people who can benefit from them, regardless of where they live or their economic status.

IP Alliance and Due Diligence Patent Counsel

This role is responsible for managing IP activities related to due diligence investigations, research collaborations, IP contract review, and coordination with the Gilead Alliance Management Team. The IP Alliance and Due Diligence Patent Counsel will work closely with and report to the IP Alliance and Due Diligence Team Lead.

Specific Responsibilities and Skills

The IP Alliance and Due Diligence Patent Counsel must have excellent business judgment and be able to assess and evaluate complex IP risks. The ability to work with cross-functional teams is key, as is the ability to manage multiple complex and time-sensitive matters. Extensive experience conducting patent due diligence investigations is “a must” as is a deep understanding of pharmaceutical patent and post-approval practice. Prior patent prosecution and litigation experience is highly desirable. The IP Alliance and Due Diligence Patent Counsel must be able to communicate effectively to senior business, legal, and scientific leaders. The IP Alliance and Due Diligence Patent Counsel also must possess strong project management, technical and interpersonal skills.


  • Experience in conducting due diligence investigations, including assessments of ex-US patent rights.
  • Deep understanding of pharmaceutical patent practice, including
    • Patent prosecution and patent portfolio management.
    • Hatch-Waxman/BPCIA litigation.
    • Regulatory data exclusivities, patent term extensions, and supplementary protection certificates.
  • Strong contract and third-party relationship skills.
  • Highly developed verbal and written communications skills to deliver clear and concise communications.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Independently conducts and manages patent due diligence investigations, including the management of outside counsel. Responsibilities include, but is not limited to:
  • Evaluating the patentability of target’s patent portfolio and assessing freedom-to-operate for target compounds and technology.
  • Drafting IP due diligence opinions and presentations.
  • Providing outside counsel all necessary legal and business information to achieve the business objective.
  • Participates in negotiation of contracts in connection with transactional activities of commercial and/or developmental products.
  • Coordinates and liaises with Alliance Management Team post-deal close and during the term of license and/or collaboration.
  • Assists with integration activities post-deal close.
  • Develop and execute creative patent prosecution strategies for U.S. and foreign patent portfolios.
  • Delivers IP educational presentations to legal staff, researchers, and business people at Gilead.


Specific Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Requires a Juris Doctorate and admission before a State bar.
  • 6+ years of industry or law firm experience, which includes 4+ years in Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical patent prosecution experience.
  • Typically requires bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry (or related sciences).
  • Registered before the USPTO.
  • High proficiency in computer skills including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint, etc.
  • Experience with the iManage document management experience is preferred.
  • Experience with docketing systems (e.g., CPI) is preferred.
  • Candidates must possess the ability to work well with others in a team setting.
  • Organizational skills, exceptional time management and attention to detail are a must.

Working conditions

  • Business travel may be required.

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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Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.