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At Abbott, we're committed to helping you live your best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, more than 100,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 160 countries we serve. Please note that candidates need to be eligible to work in the U.S. without Abbott sponsorship.
Abbott Medical Devices is seeking a Counsel for its electrophysiology, heart failure (EPHF) and cardiac rhythm management (CRM) businesses. The position will focus primarily Abbott's EPHF operations in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, including its electroanatomic mapping system and cardiac ablation catheter product lines, as well as our CRM operations in Sylmar, California, including our pacemaker, implantable cardiac defibrillator and implantable cardiac monitor product lines. We take a team-oriented approach to managing a large IP portfolio and deeply integrating in a diverse business. We are looking for a candidate who not only is responsible for their personal docket but can also make valuable contributions at a group level.
Critical Success Factors:
Good Judgment: Demonstrate expertise and sound judgment, understand how assigned responsibilities support Abbott's business objectives, and be able to provide practical, risk-balanced advice based upon a thorough understanding of the scope of an issue, taking full advantage of internal networks and external intelligence.
Collaboration: Firm understanding of available legal, functional, and business resources and ability to integrate information from a number of sources to achieve business results, including breaking down boundaries to create alignment as necessary, in a complex, global, matrixed environment.
Anticipation: Holistic, big picture thinker, who anticipates changes in law, enforcement, and/or business objectives and adapts approach as necessary to manage risks effectively and mitigate issues before they arise.
Influencing Skills:Build strong relationships with business partners to tactfully influence and gain their support to drive desired outcomes. Represent Abbott externally to [customers, suppliers, competitors, trade associations or government agencies]; and [resolve legal issues using negotiation skills and legal expertise/engage in external influencing efforts].
Juris Doctor from accredited law school and admitted to a US state bar in good standing;
USPTO registration in good standing;
Strong academic background;
BS in engineering or physics;
Minimum of 5 years working as a patent attorney and counseling clients on intellectual property issues. The successful candidate must have experience prosecuting mechanical, electro-mechanical, and software patent applications, conducting agreement review and negotiations, as well as possess significant in-house IP experience, preferably in the medical device industry. Experience handling PTAB/EPO Oppositions and supporting patent litigation a plus;
Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal, facilitation, presentation, quantitative, analytical, organizational, and follow-up skills;
Strong interpersonal skills and strategic thinking;
Ability to understand and comply with applicable FDA regulations and Company operating procedures, processes, policies, and tasks.
Significant freedom-to-operate or product clearance experience, preferably for medical device products;
At least 5 years of drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the area of medical devices and/or software and/or managing a medical device IP portfolio;
Working knowledge of patent laws in major jurisdictions outside of the US;
Government (USPTO or EPO) and in-house experience a plus.
Employer of Choice: Through numerous local, national, and international accolades, Abbott is regarded as an employer of choice for our commitment to workplace excellence. Our employees are given the tools to succeed, lead and grow, with challenging opportunities and work that makes a difference. Through our diverse healthcare businesses, we connect people and potential in ways that no other company can. Discover a world of opportunities at Abbott.
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