Asst. General Patent Counsel - IP Transactions

  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Oct 15, 2020
Full time Patents and Trademarks

Job Description

For 140 years, Lilly has manufactured medicines that improve people’s lives around the world. We produce our medicines using some of the most sophisticated manufacturing technologies and rigorous quality standards. Lilly Manufacturing strives for excellence in its process, standards, procedures and behaviors to develop medicines with safety first and quality always.

The principle mission of this role is to coordinate with Search and Evaluation, Business Development (BD) professionals, and IP and Transactions Center of Excellence (TCoE) lawyers on IP due diligences, and to draft, review and negotiate scientific and IP related issues in a variety of agreements (e.g. material transfers, licenses, research collaborations, and acquisitions).  This role will also: advise leadership and senior management in BD, Business Units (BU) and/or Lilly Research Labs (LRL) on IP-related diligence and transactional issues; establish initial single point of contact coordination for such agreements; and facilitate and coordinate post-execution integration, including working with agreement management systems, Alliance Management, LRL and BUs as necessary. The attorney must be able to work and interact with a large negotiation team including individuals from BD, finance, accounting, tax, ethics and compliance, human resources and Lilly’s research labs. Organization and attention to detail are extremely important.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a scientific field that together with prior work experience, provides essential background for effective communication with scientists and management about scientific aspects of discovery, development, and commercialization of all aspects of pharmaceutical products, including small molecule, antibody, siRNA, gene therapy and gene editing products.
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
  • Seven or more years of post-JD experience as a practicing patent attorney with significant transaction experience in a law firm or industry.
  • Presently admitted to practice law in at least one US jurisdiction and presently licensed to represent clients in patent matters before the USPTO; in good standing in each state and in the USPTO; no discipline issues on record.
  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position.

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • High learning agility, including: creatively solving problems; having ability to deal with complexity; having high curiosity; responding well to constructive feedback; seeking improvement of self and Lilly; accepting or leading change and helping others adapt to change; having the ability to adjust style to audience; and having the ability to make the complex understandable.
  • Sensitivity to others; composure under stress; ability to quickly learn and adapt.
  • Ability to organize self, to multi-task effectively, to complete projects with deadlines on time, and to direct others.
  • Effective as individual contributor, team member, and leader.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Additional Information:

  • Position located at Lilly Corporate Center (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Travel 0-10% as needed
  • Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.