Counsel, Patent Attorney

Sanofi Cambridge , MA 02138

Posted 3 months ago

Job Summary:

The Counsel will be an experienced patent attorney responsible for vaccines/biologics projects. The attorney will be part of the US team dedicated to all aspects of patent protection for a diverse range of programs across Sanofi's business units. The attorney will advise on wide range of intellectual property matters, including patent preparation and prosecution, worldwide patent portfolio management, overall IP strategy, patentability, and freedom-to-operate analyses. The position reports directly to the Leader of Biologics/Vaccines Patents US.

The position is located in Cambridge.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Prepare, file and prosecute US, EPO and foreign patent applications in Vaccines/biotechnology areas.

  • Interact with clients (including Research & Development, Project Management, Business Development, Franchise, Industrial Affairs) in the US and Europe on a daily basis to provide client counselling and proactively solicit invention disclosures.

  • Proactively counsel clients about IP strategy related to client's business.

  • Provide patentability evaluation of IP related to internal or external projects.

  • Initiate, defend and manage post issuance proceedings such as post grant review, inter partes review, oppositions, litigation.

  • Participate in the drafting, reviewing and negotiation of agreements covering intellectual property rights.

  • Conduct, direct and analyze patent searches and render opinions on validity, non-infringement and patent avoidance of third-party patents.

  • Review proposed research papers and other publications for any impact on existing patent estate.

  • Develop and maintain an appropriate network inside Sanofi's Biologics/Vaccines Business Units and Global IP group


  • A motivated self-starting person exhibiting initiative to contribute to the team in more ways than mere handling of assigned projects.

  • Graduate degree (MS, PhD) in a biological or biochemistry science, a PhD would be a plus.

  • Registered US Patent Attorney

  • Member of at least one US State Bar

  • 5-8 years minimum of patent law experience gained in-house and/or in a law firm

  • Another mandatory requirement is confirmed experience in handling complex biologics IP matters, especially therapeutic biological molecules, such as antibodies, peptides, nucleic acids and/or cytokines, and in the field of biologics platform activities (multi-specific antibodies, antibody formats, gene therapy, bioprocesses, formulations, drug device combinations, etc.)

  • Able to independently handle preparation and prosecution of patent applications.

  • Experience in handling US Inter Partes Reexaminations and EP Oppositions would be a plus.

  • Ability to work in a team within an international professional network and interact with colleagues in other countries.

  • Fluent in English, familiarity with French and/or German would be an asset.

Sanofi Inc. and its U.S. affiliates are Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; creed; religion; national origin; age; ancestry; nationality; marital, domestic partnership or civil union status; sex, gender, gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; disability; veteran or military status or liability for military status; domestic violence victim status; atypical cellular or blood trait; genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing) or any other characteristic protected by law.



At Sanofi diversity and inclusion is foundational to how we operate and embedded in our Core Values. We recognize to truly tap into the richness diversity brings we must lead with inclusion and have a workplace where those differences can thrive and be leveraged to empower the lives of our colleagues, patients and customers. We respect and celebrate the diversity of our people, their backgrounds and experiences and provide equal opportunity for all.

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