Director and Assistant General Counsel, Manufacturing IP Lead

  • Genentech
  • Oct 19, 2022
Full time Intellectual Property

Job Description

Job ID: 202207-127846

Position Scope and Key Responsibilities:

Genentech’s Intellectual Property team is seeking a leader whose passion lies in creating & leveraging game-changing IP strategies that enable Roche & Genentech to do now what patients need next.  As a business strategist, this individual will be pushing the boundaries of what is possible in a highly competitive industry while leading, empowering and developing great attorneys and staff across a dynamic & diverse global organization.  This position reports directly to a Senior Director and Associate General Counsel, Technology IP Practice Group Lead in the Genentech Legal Department and will be located in our South San Francisco campus.

Key Responsibilities include:

●      Driving strategic IP procurement and management of global intellectual property rights including drafting & prosecuting patent portfolios, licensing transactions, due diligence assessments, freedom-to-operate, infringement and validity analyses, and risk evaluation and mitigation strategies.

●      Partnering in intellectual property-related transactions, adverse proceedings, and litigation activities.

●      Partnering effectively with stakeholders at all levels of the global organization and across all phases of research, drug development & commercialization to provide business enabling strategy, counseling and options.

●      Managing attorneys/agents directly and in a matrixed environment, including performance and talent management, coaching and mentoring.

●      Successfully leading change in substantive practice & operational model to create value & mitigate risk within 

●      Sustainably building enduring, productive external relationships with outside counsel and third party collaborators & partners.

●      Engaged & creative leadership as a member of the Genentech IP Leadership Team.

The successful candidate enjoys work in a fast-paced, diverse, & global environment while seeking to move the needle in bringing great medicines to patients.  This candidate excels at fostering an inclusive environment, developing creative solutions and enabling teamwork.

Specific Daily Responsibilities may include:

●      Leading and directly managing a small team of patent attorneys & patent agents in the design & delivery of global IP portfolios, assessing, communicating & mitigating risk, identifying and exploiting new opportunities & approaches leveraging both a knowledge of industry trends and of the competitive landscape, particularly with regards to the manufacturing of large molecule biopharmaceuticals.

●      Providing input, guidance and hands on work on complex legal issues, prosecution strategies, complicated transactions and the like.  Some direct management of patent portfolio and counseling for therapeutic candidates and products.

●      Assuring appropriate attorney/agent staffing, effort & cross-team/function communication at all times and on all matters within the IP team.  

●      Builds effective relationships, communicating & collaborating enthusiastically across time zones and cultures.  

●      Maintaining and sharing deep expertise and knowledge on legal case law, rules or regulations before the US Patent & Trademark Office as well as other relevant jurisdictional IP offices.

●      Developing & deploying strategies, processes, operating standards and/or practices to ensure highest quality practices & execution for all aspects of IP portfolios in a high performing, agile team setting.

●      Leading and/or participating in group, department, and cross-functional projects and initiatives that impact the people and/or practices of the IP team.

●      Exhibiting a “can do” attitude in anticipating and proactively resolving issues & conflicts, streamlining processes, and reducing redundancies and/or inefficiencies in operating models & systems.

●      Acting as a role model in, for example, communication, poise under pressure, solution-oriented mindset, collaboration across local & global teams, preserving in the face of obstacles, tackling new challenges with curiosity, effectively utilizing available resources, clear communicating at all levels of the organization with a willingness to listen & learn from others.

●      Assuring that GNE remains a great & fun place to practice IP law.


●      Demonstrated experience and track record of success in:

○      Building global IP portfolios, and implementing global IP strategies;

○      Developing and communicating actionable risk mitigation strategies;

○      Experience in IP transactions and due diligences a plus;

○      Experience in adverse proceedings including but not limited to US litigation, USPTO adverse proceedings, and EPO adverse proceedings is a plus;

○      Experience leading teams or managing people is a plus.

●      8+ years of experience in biopharma or biotechnology intellectual property portfolio creation, strategy, and counseling, particularly with large molecule products (e.g., antibody, gene therapy or cell therapy).  Experience with manufacturing & technology based IP is required.

●      Prior experience in a pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, or biotechnology corporation is required.

●      An advanced degree in the biological sciences or other area relevant to pharmaceutical IP practice.  A Ph.D. is preferred.

●      Admission to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

●      A United States law degree (JD) with a current “good standing” admission to at least one US state bar.