Vice President of Intellectual Property

  • Genentech
  • Aug 09, 2021
Full time Intellectual Property Legal

Job Description

Position Scope and Key Responsibilities:

Doing now what patients need next...

Every day, our teams work to solve some of the hardest biomedical problems in the history of mankind, always with the goal of putting patients first.

Considered the founder of the industry, Genentech, now a member of the Roche Group, has been delivering on the promise of biotechnology for over 40 years. Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. 

Genentech is among the world’s leading biotech companies, with multiple products on the market and a promising development pipeline; the Company currently has 35 medicines on the market and 46 molecules in its pipeline. In 2017, FORTUNE magazine named Genentech one of its “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the 19th consecutive year and in 2016, DiversityInc named Genentech to its list of the “Top 50 Companies for Diversity.” In 2016, Genentech reported $18.9 billion in revenue.

Genentech became a member of the Roche Group in March of 2009. As part of their merger agreement, Roche and Genentech combined their pharmaceutical operations in the United States. Genentech’s South San Francisco campus now serves as the headquarters for Roche pharmaceutical operations in the United States.

The Position:

We are seeking an exceptionally qualified attorney for the role of Vice President, Intellectual Property within the Genentech Legal Department in South San Francisco.

In this role, you will lead our in-house team of attorneys, patent agents, and other professionals to secure legal protection for the Company’s intellectual property assets through patents, and to a lesser extent, trademarks and copyrights. You will be accountable for developing and implementing innovative patenting strategies that anticipate changes in the law, the business, and the external environment; responsible for managing the Company’s substantial portfolio of patents and patent applications, including advising on in-licensing and out-licensing opportunities and patent litigation matters; assuring the delivery of timely, high-quality legal counsel and work product to Genentech Research Early Development Organization (gRED) and to other clients; responsible for providing legal counsel and recommendations to senior executives and other business leaders on complex intellectual property law issues; collaborating with leaders of other Roche legal functions on matters involving shared responsibility; and implementing best practices for developing talent and building capabilities within the intellectual property law practice group.

Additional responsibilities will include:

  • Oversight of work done by the intellectual property law practice group on licensing agreements, research collaboration agreements, and other types of agreements;
  • Supervising and, when necessary, participating in the performance of intellectual property-related due diligence activities in connection with business transactions;
  • Providing support for patent litigations and other intellectual property disputes;
  • Advising the finance group on financial issues relating to intellectual property law matters, including royalty income and expense, and responding to auditors’ requests for information;
  • Identifying appropriate opportunities for our Legal Department to advocate on behalf of the company for changes in relevant intellectual property laws and regulations, e.g., through the filing of amicus briefs and submission of comments on proposed legislation and rulemaking; and
  • Managing external counsel relationships, including compliance with internal guidelines for fee arrangements, budgets, and billing.

Who you are:

Ideal Experience and Education:

  • 15+ years of experience in patent prosecution involving chemical or biotechnology inventions
  • Track record of success and good judgment in handling complex intellectual property matters
  • J.D. degree and an M.S. or a Ph.D. degree in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, or similar field
  • Admission to a State bar or the District of Columbia bar
  • Registration to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Team management of attorneys / patent agents   

Critical Competencies:

Strategic and Adaptive Intellectual Property Expert: In a high stakes and dynamic intellectual property environment, you will inspire confidence by:

  • Anticipating changes in the law, business, and external environment, and developing innovative patent strategies to address and avoid potential disputes
  • Advising Genentech Research Early Development Organization (gRED) and other clients with timely, high-quality legal counsel and work product
  • Providing legal counsel and recommendations on the Company’s portfolio of patents and patent applications, as well as on in-licensing and out-licensing opportunities
  • Assessing the potential impacts that different courses of action will have on current or future strategies 

Influential Communicator and Relationship Builder: Within a global, complex and matrixed company, you will achieve results by:

  • Building relationships to ensure legal and business objectives have every opportunity of being met; engaging and influencing business leaders without direct ownership
  • Simplifying the complex and adapting to audiences with varying levels of legal fluency
  • Interacting with legal and business leadership, with the presumption that views will be well-formed, pragmatic and communicated in a very professional manner
  • Communicating and advocating for the Company's position on intellectual property matters with legislators, government agencies, and industry organizations
  • Collaborating with leaders of other Roche legal functions on matters involving shared responsibility
  • Demonstrating excellent judgment, negotiation and communication (verbal and written) skills

Courageous and Effective People Leader: In a competitive external market and supportive internal environment, you will continue to attract, develop and retain top IP talent by:

  • Modeling excellence and leading by example with both vision and humility
  • Encouraging smart risk taking, questioning the status quo, and cultivating a culture that attracts and retains the best and brightest
  • Challenging, coaching, motivating and mentoring a high performing team of attorneys,  patent agents, and staff to grow in their careers