Amgen Senior Counsel - Patent - Biosimilars in Thousand Oaks, California

Amgen is searching for a Senior Counsel - Patent - Biosimilars in our Intellectual Property and Litigation group. Preferably, this role is based on our main corporate campus in Thousand Oaks, CA.

The Senior Counsel will develop, implement and execute a market access strategy for Amgen's biosimilar molecules, including freedom-to-operate analyses for drug substance, drug product, formulations, processes and labeled indications.

The Senior Counsel will work in all aspects of intellectual property, especially in identification of relevant patents, conducting searches for prior art, analyzing third party patents, developing persuasive legal arguments, drafting opinion, working with experts, and performing other pre-litigation activities.

Other responsibilities for the Senior Counsel could include related worldwide patent procurement, trademark and copyright matters, , due diligence, and patent litigation support.

The Senior Counsel will work individually, in legal teams and in cross-functional business teams.

Basic Qualifications:

J.D. degree or LL.M. degree from an accredited law school, admission to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction and four (4) years of experience practicing intellectual property law


Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience practicing patent or intellectual property law

  • Experience in all aspects of U.S. and foreign intellectual property law relating to biotechnology at a law firm or biotechnology/pharmaceutical corporation

  • Experience in adversarial proceedings such as oppositions, IPRs, other post-grant proceedings, or litigation in the United States or other jurisdictions

  • An advanced degree, such as a Master's or Ph.D., or research experience, in molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, structural biology, pharmaceutics, chemical engineering or biology

  • Excellent judgement, analytical skills, legal drafting and oral and written communication skills

  • Strong management skills as well as a strong client service focus and the ability to work independently and in teams; ability to navigate through ambiguity, ability to work efficiently, to prioritize workflow, to meet demanding deadlines, and to manage multi-dimensional projects in a fast-paced environment

Amgen discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science's promise by bringing safe, effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people's lives.

Advancing science and helping patients - these dual passions are ingrained in our culture. They drive our work, our values, and everything we do at Amgen. For staff around the world, our mission to serve patients and our commitment to science makes Amgen a place where we can make a positive difference in people's lives while pursuing a challenging and fulfilling career. To foster a setting in which all staff may excel, we support a variety of growth opportunities-from training and education to expanding current job responsibilities.

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.