Jul 18, 2022

Job Description

Novartis protects 750 million patients and more than 100,000 employees in over 140 countries.

Sandoz, a Novartis division is a leader in generic and biosimilar medicines and a pioneer in digital therapeutics.

Job Purpose
180+. The number of dedicated and inspired legal associates around the world supporting all aspects of the Sandoz business.

Our US IP litigation docket is poised to grow by 50% in 2023 and will double in 2024. We are looking for an experienced, intellectually curious paralegal to join our team and be part of Sandoz’s transformational growth journey. Join us and make an impact on patient’s lives every day!

This role will assist the VP, IP NA with a wide variety of IP matters relating to the commercialization of Sandoz products. This role is responsible for independently providing a high quality and diverse range of support to the U.S. IP team on IP litigation and business development (“BD”) activities, with attorney supervision as appropriate. This role undertakes operational and strategic responsibilities to maximize the effectiveness of Paralegal services and support within the IP function at a local and global level.

Major Accountabilities
• Proactively and autonomously supports in-house patent litigation counsel and other legal professionals through all stages of US IP litigation matters including interacting with external counsel and Global functional colleagues.
• Proactively and autonomously supports in-house attorneys and other legal professionals on all aspects of Company’s BD activities, including collaborating with BD colleagues.
• Contribute to projects relating to IP litigation and BD processes/operations, driving the successful implementation of new and revised processes and guidelines. Develop, coordinate and successfully implement various projects to support legal/IP and business unit goals and objectives.
• Litigation database document and information management and updating internal knowledge databases to record and report litigation events, updates and outcomes (e.g. Memotech, OneNote, SharePoint). Familiarity with patent and litigation databases (e.g. PatBase, Espacenet, PACER, etc).
• Communicate with internal stakeholders and external counsel on various IP litigation and BD issues. Work with the in-house paralegal team to assist in managing the patent litigation budgeting process, including working with colleagues on the finance team. Work with the discovery team in disclosure exercises and litigation holds; assisting in review of disclosure documents, where necessary. Work with General Legal and other general legal paralegals on key department projects to support Legal function.
• Prepare for and attend meetings with internal stakeholders and external counsel (including agenda management, minute taking and follow up, at lead attorney’s instruction). Prepare Terms of Engagement with legal vendors. Contribute to the procurement of specialist IP services. Perform research as requested using computer and printed resources.
• Analyze and adapt processes in order to improve efficiency and identify administrative processes and/or procedures in need of review and revision to ensure efficient and effective use of resources.
• Assist in the preparation of draft analytical litigation and BD documents e.g. status reports and updates, legal research, and assistance with disclosure. Review, draft, amend and handle execution of standard patent and legal documents such as Powers of Attorney, settlement agreements, and notice letters.

While Novartis does not require vaccination at this time, for certain Novartis sites in the US all associates and candidates may be required to either upload an image of their COVID-19 vaccine card demonstrating proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 (or other similar evidence of vaccination) or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken by the associate or candidate within the past seven days to enter any of our sites and/or customer office or healthcare facility, as well as prior to participating in other work related off-site meetings. Employees working in customer-facing roles must adhere to and comply with customers’ (such as hospitals, physician offices, etc.) credentialing guidelines, which may require vaccination. As required by applicable law, Novartis will consider requests for reasonable accommodation for those unable to be vaccinated. This requirement is subject to applicable state and local laws and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions. Please send accommodation requests to [email protected].

Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor’s Degree or Associate’s Degree with relevant work experience required.

Work Experience
• Minimum 5+ years paralegal experience in law firm or Corporate IP department. Experience in Pharmaceutical company is preferred, but not required.
• Complete understanding and use of paralegal concepts and principles.
• Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
• Ability to:
- Understand the pharmaceutical commercialization process and regulatory structure and the legal concepts associated with specific legal needs.
- Comprehend, analyze, and digest legal opinions, legislation, regulations, and legal publications.
- Exercise initiative and sound judgment.
- Use legal terminology, prepare legal documents, and follow legal procedures.
- Locate and identify legal opinions, court decisions, and legislation.
• Knowledge of:
- Legal terminology.
- Records and files organization and use.
- Concepts of contract law.

• Fluency in English required with excellent oral and written communication, organizational and communication skills. Strong attention to detail, with an ability to work independently and to maintain a high level of confidentiality and ethics.

Why Novartis?

766million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2021, and while we’re proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people’s lives. We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working. We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity and flexibility. And we can reinvent what's possible, when we collaborate with courage to aggressively and ambitiously tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying! Imagine what you could do here at Novartis!
Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

Novartis embraces diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusion workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration, and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.
Novartis is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons.
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Accessibility and reasonable accommodations:

The Novartis Group of Companies are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please send an e-mail to [email protected] or call +1(877)395-2339 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please include the job requisition number in your message.
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Princeton, NJ
Legal & Intellectual Property & Compl.
Full Time
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Paralegal, IP

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