Associate General Counsel – Global Head of Intellectual Property

LOCATION: New Jersey
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We have been engaged on an exclusive basis by a rapidly growing publicly traded biotechnology company in New Jersey to lead the search for a Global Head of Intellectual Property. This role reports directly to the General Counsel and has tremendous growth potential. The Associate General Counsel — Global Head of Intellectual Property leads the company’s global intellectual property strategy, supporting multiple research and business groups around the world.


Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee and direct the company’s global intellectual property strategy, partnering closely with the General Counsel to guide business teams and executives.
  • Ensure ongoing alignment of intellectual property strategy and action plans to global corporate strategy.
  • Work closely with the executive team to provide practical advice on intellectual property investments and uses, including quarterly IP updates to key management and occasional presentations to Board of Directors.
  • Develop excellent relationships with all operational teams and ensure that intellectual property needs are met in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Direct a full range of patent support functions (including patent preparation and prosecution, maintenance and post-grant proceedings in the U.S. and other jurisdictions).
  • Perform freedom-to-operate studies, render opinions, and manage outside counsel.
  • Support commercial transactions and help drive intellectual property business development and collaboration opportunities relating to the company’s intellectual property.
  • Develop and manage a global intellectual property team.
  • Manage intellectual property budget for law firms and other IP-related expenditures.
  • Oversee compliance under various license agreements and other intellectual property agreements and obligations.
  • Direct strategy for and manage intellectual property litigation and proceedings.
  • Review product and technical publications and partner with R&D and business teams to protect intellectual property and comply with applicable laws.



  • A J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school (or the equivalent); high degree of academic achievement.
  • Licensed to practice law in one or more U.S. states; either admission to the New Jersey Bar or eligibility for in-house qualification in New Jersey.
  • Admission to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Technologically savvy with a post-graduate degree, preferably in biochemistry, immunology, or a related discipline, and have fluency in molecular and cell biology. We will consider other technical backgrounds where a candidate has demonstrated competencies in biotechnology or life sciences.
  • Biologics experience not required but it is a plus.
  • At least 15 years of law firm and/or corporate legal department experience, including experience:
    • drafting and prosecuting biotech/biological patent applications
    • rendering patentability and infringement opinions and
    • drafting and negotiating licensing and other technology transactions.
  • Experience managing intellectual property attorneys and other professionals.
  • Experience advising executives on intellectual property decisions.
  • Experience or a strong interest in business development or other strategic activities to leverage investments in intellectual property.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, organizational skills and judgment.
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to think strategically, effectively engage in-house clients, and give well organized, thoughtful presentations to technical and non-technical members of senior management.


Hybrid work model. Competitive compensation package including bonus and equity.

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