Jan 19, 2023

Job Description

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 litigator to join our team and drive Sandoz’s transformational growth journey. Join us and make an impact on patient’s lives every day!

The (Senior) IP Litigation Counsel Role will function as a key IP advisor to the business and will as-sist in driving company growth by developing and implementing innovative litigation strategies to se-cure first to market launches. This role will also collaborate with the Global IP team, in particular the Global Patent Attorneys, to support the development of products in a manner that optimizes the launch of those products in the US.

Major Accountabilities
• Seamless cooperation and collaboration with the Global Patent Attorney (and through them the global product development team working on a project) for each product, ensuring that each product developed for the US market has a robust US IP litigation strategy at, or shortly after, the product is put on stability trials, and that the regulatory submission is optimized for US litigation
• Supervise and manage ANDA, 505(b)(2) and biosimilar patent litigations, including driving strategy and budgets with outside counsel and partnering with key internal stakeholders
• Provide clear and direct expert counsel on Hatch-Waxman and related patent, regulatory, exclusivity and forfeiture issues, including developing innovative strategies on same to maximize growth in a manner clear for non-IP-experts
• Maximize the value of Sandoz’s IP litigations by developing an overall strategy for producing successful litigation results or settlements, and then using all available resources, such as patent certifications, notice letters and detailed statements, discovery techniques, witnesses and expert selections, etc., to support the strategies
• Negotiate and draft settlements in Sandoz’s patent litigations in line with corporate objectives
• Support and advise patent attorneys globally on key US IP litigation issues, training and advice
• Ensure that the IP risk and strategy for any given product is well understood and documented, and that all launches at risk have the appropriate approval and support
• Coaching colleagues across all functions to improve US litigation expertise within Sandoz globally

The pay range for this position at commencement of employment is expected to be between $201,600 and $302,400 per year; however, base pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, including a sign-on bonus, restricted stock units, and discretionary awards in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits (including 401(k) eligibility and various paid time off benefits, such as vacation, sick time, and parental leave), dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an “at-will position” and the Company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.

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

• J.D. from a recognized, accredited U.S. law school and a license to practice in at least one state or the District of Columbia required
• B.A. Degree required. Specializing in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or similar discipline preferred

Work Experience
• For an IP Counsel, a minimum of 6 years+ of Litigation experience within the Pharmaceutical industry or a Law firm handling complex Intellectual Property litigation matters. Substantial experience with Litigating ANDA cases and handling Hatch Waxman issues required. For a Senior IP Counsel, a minimum of 8 years+ of Litigation experience within the Pharmaceutical industry or a Law firm handling complex Intellectual Property litigation matters. Substantial experience with Litigating ANDA cases and handling Hatch Waxman issues required
• Operated in highly client service oriented team where recognizing and responding quickly, clearly and pragmatically was essential
• An energetic self-starting personality with strong executive presence, results orientation and ability to work effectively in a fast-paced and highly demanding environment
• Proven judgment in working through complex issues, including those with significant strategic risk to the company
• Independence in managing complex projects and the ability to provide oversight of cross-functional project teams by collaborating and setting strategic priorities to accomplish organizational goals

• Fluency in English required. Exceptional presentation and communication skills, as well as comfort working with senior management

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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Princeton, NJ
Legal & Intellectual Property & Compl.
Full Time
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(Senior) IP Counsel

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