Chief IP Counsel in Framingham, Massachusetts at SCIEX

Date Posted: 4/1/2018

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Job ID: SCI002050

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SCIEX – An operating company within Danaher’s Life Sciences platform

SCIEX helps to improve the world we live in by enabling scientists and laboratory analysts to find answers to the complex analytical challenges they face. Our leadership in LC-MS and CE-MS have made us a trusted partner globally to those who are focused on basic research, drug discovery, food and environmental testing, forensic toxicology, clinical research and diagnostics. With over 40 years of innovation, we continue to redefine what is achievable in routine and complex analysis.

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The Chief IP Counsel, SCIEX and Molecular Devices will lead the global intellectual property group for the two Danaher Operating Companies (OpCos) in the Life Sciences Platform.  The OpCos in the Danaher Life Sciences Platform are Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, Leica Microsystems, Molecular Devices and SCIEX.  The Chief IP Counsel will report to the General Counsel of SCIEX and Molecular Devices and will be an engaged member of the leadership team providing support for daily business operations, as well as strategic initiatives.  The Chief IP Counsel will be responsible for managing a global IP team and performing a wide variety of hands on legal and business advising.  

Specific Role/Functions
The Chief IP Counsel will perform the following responsibilities:
* Actively participating in the Legal Leadership Team and advising the SCIEX and Molecular Devices leadership team on legal, intellectual property and business related issues; 
* Providing advice, counseling and implementing strategies for patents and other intellectual property matters pertaining to the development and commercialization of mass spectrometers and other life sciences products and services; 
* Managing the day-to-day operations of the IP group to identify and protect intellectual property rights, including, for example, patent prosecution process, freedom to operate (FTO) issues, patent enforcement, etc.;
* Ensuring that the patent portfolios across the OpCos are aligned with and support the overall commercial and development objectives of the business and that valuable intellectual property is identified and protected; 
* Understanding the competitive IP landscape and counseling the research, development and commercial teams accordingly;  
* Identifying potential IP opportunities and encouraging the creation and protection of IP to ensure the long-term competitive advantage of the business; 
* Collaborating with the commercial legal and business teams to support IP aspects of contracts, litigation, mergers & acquisitions and other complex matters; 
* Operating the IP group within the specified financial budget and any applicable project specific budgets; 
* Managing any patent or other intellectual property litigation, including preparing discovery and management of outside counsel;
* Managing outside counsel with regular reporting and billing, managing legal spend and driving efficiencies and cost reductions;
* Monitoring significant changes in laws and regulations and intellectual property trends that apply to the Life Sciences Platform and updating strategies and communicating with the changes and updates to the business teams; and
* Liaising with the senior IP attorneys across Danaher to ensure that policies are followed, information and best practices are developed and shared.  

Job Requirements


Qualifications and Skills: 
The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and skills:
* Excellent academic credentials, including a Masters or Ph.D. degree in physics, chemistry, engineering or a similar scientific area;
* A qualified lawyer in good standing in at least one jurisdiction;
* At least 15 years of experience working at both a top-tier law firm and in house in the life sciences or medical devices industries; 
* Business minded with the ability to take business leaders’ concerns and demands into account in how best to pursue legal strategies;
* Experience managing complex legal and intellectual property issues;
* Ability to work across functions (including R&D, Finance, HR, Operations and Commercial), cultures and organizational hierarchy;
* Intelligent and articulate with excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to explain complex legal points to business leaders with varying degrees of experience with legal matters; 
* A team player that is able to command the respect of, and influence, leaders and employees across a wide spectrum (i.e., from entry level employees to the Presidents of the OpCos);
* High integrity and ethics in all dealings; non-political in conduct, while understanding internal and external dynamics;
* Open to learning, enthused by the day, resilient with a sense of humor; and 
* Ability to travel internationally as needed.  

SCIEX is an equal opportunity employer, and only those candidates who are qualified will be contacted.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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