Celgene Counsel, Patent Litigation in Summit, New Jersey


Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health. We value our passion for patients, ​quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge. With a presence in more than 70 countries, and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture.

The Corporate Counsel, Patent Litigation will be responsible for supporting patent litigation matters in the U.S. and abroad, including Hatch-Waxman matters, Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs), and similar foreign proceedings. Working in partnership with outside counsel and other in-house attorneys and staff, the position will develop and drive case strategies as an active team member. Counsel will assist with day-to-day tasks associated with case management, discovery, assisting with interviewing witnesses, collaborating with outside counsel to prepare witnesses for depositions and trial, attending fact and expert depositions, and collaborating with internal and outside counsel to select experts and to prepare expert testimony. This position reports to the VP, Litigation. The ideal candidate will have both law firm and inhouse experience, experience with pharmaceutical patents, and strong interpersonal skills. Must be able to work with limited day-to-day supervision and be able to make decisions independently when necessary, all while maintaining confidentiality.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Actively participating in management of patent litigation. This includes assisting with day-to-day tasks associated with case management, assisting with interviewing fact and expert witnesses, and collaborating with outside counsel and internal counsel in the development of strategies and arguments.

  • Assisting in internal document collection and production, including working with the internal e-discovery team.

  • Reviewing correspondence, arguments, memos, and briefs in support of litigation.

  • Assisting in providing instruction to foreign litigation counsel and in the day-to-day tasks associated with multi-jurisdictional litigation teams.

  • Assisting in evaluating the company’s patent portfolio in advance of litigation and other activities designed to maximize the strength of the IP assets.

  • Collaborating with other IP department professionals to secure and assert the company’s patents world-wide.

Skills/Knowledge Required:

  • Juris Doctorate and admission to at least one U.S. State Bar and the Patent Bar.

  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience with a law firm.

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in biology, chemistry, pharmacy or other related life-sciences.

  • Preference is given to individuals with in house experience.

  • Preference is given to individuals having experience in pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology patent litigation.

  • Demonstrated ability to independently identify issues, goals, needs and solutions.

  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment is critical.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well on a team and with a variety of different personalities.

  • Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment.

  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to be proactive and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Demonstrated ability to focus on critical priorities with little or no supervision.

  • Strong work ethic and ability to produce high quality work under deadline pressure.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and handle sensitive and confidential business information.


Celgene is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Celgene complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Celgene in the U.S.COMMITTED TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF PATIENTS WORLDWIDE

At Celgene, we seek to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for our patients. Our vision as a company is to build a major global biopharmaceutical corporation while focusing on the discovery, the development, and the commercialization of products for the treatment of cancer and other severe, immune, inflammatory conditions.

“At Celgene, we seek to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for our patients.”

There are more than 300 clinical trials at major medical centers using compounds from Celgene. Investigational compounds are being studied for patients with incurable hematological and solid tumor cancers, including multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), triple-negative breast cancer and pancreatic cancer. As committed as we are to clinical accomplishment, we are equally committed to patient support, which is a guiding principle at Celgene. We believe all who can benefit from our discoveries should have the opportunity to do so. Celgene puts patients first with industry-leading programs that provide information, support and access to our innovative therapies.