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Position Summary: 

  • The Assistant General Counsel (AGC) – Patents, is a key legal IP role in our department, encompassing clearances, innovation assessment, hands-on and managed prosecution, IP process and policy, and competitive intelligence activities; the role is a new role, reporting into the Global Intellectual Property (IP) function.



  • Responsible for counselling a business area on patent matters, patentability positions, and understanding possible related rights, subject to attorney oversight.
  • Identifying inventions and drafting patent applications
  • Participating in creation, harvesting, problem solving analyses, and invention review committees (IRCs)
  • Assisting, as may be directed by attorney(s), in prosecuting patent applications directly with the USPTO & worldwide though our network of agents
  • Drafting FTO, initial opinions positions, and awareness assessments in matters of commercial importance
  • Supporting on-going, Business Development and new venture initiatives, from time-to-time, and primarily managing multiple portfolios of high importance and value to the company.
  • Reviewing intellectual property rights held by the company, by third parties, and as may be purported to exist in various mediums
  • Assist in conducting IP due diligence in connection with any potential acquisitions or divestitures from time to time, as directed by group counsel or Chief IP Officer (CIPO)
  • Develop and assess patent and IP related rights while effectively communicating outcomes, including visual explanations, claim charts, inventive comparisons, statutory assessments, etc.
  • Developing and reporting on associated competitive data analytics with client focus for certain matters.


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Scientific undergraduate degree
  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, or similar.
  • Post-graduate Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA-qualified US Law school (J.D.)
  • Active USPTO attorney or agent registration in good standing is mandated
  • At least three (3) years in practice and experience (post-JD) in providing proven, high-quality, IP/legal counsel work, advice and guidance involving IP, legal support independently and via senior legal leaders, and similar, with a major corporation and/or law firm
  • Significant experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in biochemical, small molecule API, polymorph, crystal form, molecular biological, immunology, pharmacokinetic, and/or pharmaceutical formulations space
  • Clear and proven understanding of global interplay of regulatory and patent frameworks, as well as being able to develop a portfolio strategy benefitting the business’ assets while optimizing the balance of competing issues
  • Proven experience (with a clear understanding), with tangible examples, of the role of patents in the context of regulated product lifecycle management; ability to clearly and concisely communicate legal positions and business strategies responsive to internal client needs
  • Success in various prosecution efforts at USPTO
  • Extensive Patentability clearance experiences
  • Proven experience in developing FTO positions and outcomes, with actionable recommendations and clear/concise guidance for legal counsel and business owners
  • Able to assist and support the development of a portfolio strategy benefitting the business’ assets while optimizing the balance of competing issues
  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Elanco Animal Health does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform successfully in cross-functional teams
  • Be able to handle multiple projects in fast-paced environment and exercise sound legal judgement
  • Capable of providing support and guidance to legal leaders, senior management and functional organizational leadership
  • In addition to top-notch legal skills, must have excellent interpersonal, strategic thinking, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Applies innovative problem-solving skills and judgment to assist in managing corporate risk
  • Delivers work product within business constraints in a demanding environment while balancing competing client requests


Additional Skills & Preferences:

  • Post-graduate degree (Master’s and/or PhD) in chemistry or biochemistry
  • Post-graduate degree in business or similar
  • Small Molecule drafting and prosecution experience
  • Large molecule experience
  • Familiarity with the animal health or crop science industry
  • Strong business acumen and mindset towards collaboration
  • Ability to process map, develop policy and procedure, and effectively communicate consistent processes for enabling world-class operations in IP
  • Previous in-house experience
  • Six Sigma certification


Additional Information:

  • This role can be located anywhere in the US with ability to travel to Elanco’s corporate headquarters in Greenfield, IN, as needed.



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