Director and Assistant General Counsel, Small Molecule Oncology, Intellectual Property

  • Genentech
  • May 13, 2021
Full time Intellectual Property Legal

Job Description

Job ID: 202104-111028

This position is based in: South San Francisco, California

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 senior 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, Intellectual Property of 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 all 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 and growing a small team of attorneys/agents directly and in a matrixed environment, including performance and talent management, coaching and mentoring.
  • Successfully leading and modeling change in substantive practice & operational model to create value & effectively manage risk.
  • Sustainably building enduring, productive external relationships with outside counsel and third party collaborators & partners.
  • Engaged & creative leadership as a member of a practice area group and of the extended Genentech IP Leadership Team.

The successful candidate has a growth mindset, enjoys work in a fast-paced, diverse & global organization, and is energized by the complexity and challenges of bringing great medicines to patients.  This candidate excels at growing people, fostering teamwork, and thinking outside the box.   

Specific Daily Responsibilities may include:

  • Leading and directly managing a small team of patent attorneys & agents in the design & delivery of value add 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 across the GNE portfolio. 
  • 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 small molecule (NCE) candidates and products.
  • Assuring appropriate attorney/agent staffing, effort & cross-team/function communication at all times and on all matters.  Resolving bandwidth conflicts across team to ensure robust value-add practices on day to day basis as well as success across the global company.
  • 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 game-changing IP law.


  • Demonstrated experience and track record of success in:
    • Building & leveraging global IP portfolios;
    • Developing & implementing global IP strategies or initiatives, both substantive & operational;
    • Experience in IP transactions and due diligences a plus;
    • Experience in adverse proceedings including but not limited to US litigation, USPTO adverse proceedings, EPO adverse proceedings and the like is a plus; 
  • 9+ years of experience in pharma  intellectual property portfolio creation, strategy, and counseling.  
  • At least 4 years of experience in a pharmaceutical corporation.
  • An advanced degree in organic chemistry, chemistry or other area relevant to pharmaceutical IP practice.  A Ph.D. is a plus.
  • A United States law degree (JD) with a current “good standing” admission to at least one US state bar.
  • Admission to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Who We Are

Genentech, a member of the Roche group and founder of the biotechnology industry, is dedicated to pursuing groundbreaking science to discover and develop medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. To solve the world's most complex health challenges, we ask bigger questions that challenge our industry and the boundaries of science to transform society. Our transformational discoveries include the first targeted antibody for cancer and the first medicine for primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) are critical to the success of our company and our impact on society. We believe that by championing diversity of background, thought and experience, we can foster a sense of belonging and provide an environment where every employee feels valued, included, and able to contribute their best for the patients we serve. We’re focused on attracting, retaining, developing and advancing our people to their full potential by rewarding bold ways of thinking and integrating inclusive behaviors into every aspect of our work.

Genentech is an equal opportunity employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital & veteran status. For more information about equal employment opportunity, visit our Genentech Careers page.