Posted to MedZilla on 3/24/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Senior Patent Attorney (Biologics) - Oncology 1700176-MZ


More than 30,000 Takeda employees working in more than 70 countries are committed to improving quality of life for patients, who remain at the center of everything we do. Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited is a global, research and development-driven organization working internally and with external partners to translate science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses on the core therapeutic areas of oncology, gastroenterology, central nervous system and providing vaccines that address the most important infectious diseases. Novel products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as our presence in emerging markets, fuel our growth.
While Takeda is enjoying tremendous growth as an emerging global leader in the pharmaceutical industry, we remain ever mindful of our commitment to serve people worldwide by striving toward better health through leading innovation in medicine. In short, we are a passionate team doing important work that impacts patients lives. If you are driven to create better health and a brighter future, join us!


Takeda is an international pharmaceutical company with offices all over the world. Its Boston office (fka Millennium Pharmaceuticals), a wholly owned subsidiary, is looking for a Senior Patent Attorney (associate director level) to support its Oncology Therapeutic Area Unit. As a member of the Global IP Department, the successful candidate will directly work with a collegial group of patent agents/attorneys and support staff professionals. He/she will have opportunities to work on a wide variety of different types of IP-related work and collaborate with colleagues in other offices in US, Europe and Japan.


The successful candidate for Senior Patent Attorney (Associate Director level) will:
  • represent IP in and establishes rapport and positive working relationships with project/program teams by acting as their advisor on a variety of IP related issues including publication reviews, IP agreement negotiation and support, and other IP issues that arise in usual course of business
  • develop strategies to protect the Company s intellectual property assets (including commercial products, development candidates, research findings and other related subject matter)
  • implement and lead IP strategy for project/program teams (including Global Product Teams and related sub-teams)
  • contribute to the development of consistent policies/procedures for IP Therapeutic Area, Regional or Global Functional Groups
  • prepare and prosecute worldwide patent applications and conduct patentability and freedom to operate assessments for discovery, development and commercial related activities
  • lead or assist with IP due diligence, IP review and IP agreement negotiation support for Takeda s corporate or business development activities; works collaboratively with BD and Business Law colleagues
  • develop strategy and participate in interference and opposition proceedings
  • provide intellectual property litigation support
  • directly and/or indirectly manages legal resources to complete projects in a timely and high quality manner
  • identify training needs within the organization and assist in the development and presentation of training materials on relevant IP laws and related business issues
  • develop and continually expands a thorough understanding of the Company s current and planned business activities, products, competitors, and markets and keep abreast of developing legal trends, laws and regulations
  • may supervise and/or provide training to one or more junior IP members



  • Juris Doctorate degree (registration before a State Bar needed)
  • Registration to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Strong technical expertise/knowledge in biologics areas (e.g., advanced degree and/or substantial research/industrial experience in the relevant fields)
  • 6+ years of experience practicing intellectual property law (law firm and/or in-house), preferably 3+ years of post-law school experience
  • Strong communication and presentation skills, ability to communicate complex issues clearly and succinctly
  • Mature and professional demeanor with a high degree of self-motivation
  • Strong organizational skills, including careful attention to detail and ability to handle and prioritize multiple assignments and maintain strict deadlines through effective time management
  • Sound judgment and decision-making abilities


  • Juris Doctorate degree
  • Registration before a state bar.
  • Registration to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Manual dexterity required to operate office equipment (i.e. computers, phones, etc.).
  • Willingness to travel to various meetings or sites, including overnight trips. Some international travel will be required.
  • Requires approximately 10 % travel.

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