Corporate Counsel, IP Litigation

Jazz Pharmaceuticals
October 14, 2021
Palo Alto, CA
Job Type


Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is a global biopharmaceutical company whose purpose is to innovate to transform the lives of patients and their families. We are dedicated to developing life-changing medicines for people with serious diseases - often with limited or no therapeutic options. We have a diverse portfolio of marketed medicines and novel product candidates, from early- to late-stage development, in neuroscience and oncology. We actively explore new options for patients including novel compounds, small molecules and biologics, and through cannabinoid science and innovative delivery technologies. Jazz is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland and has employees around the globe, serving patients in nearly 75 countries. For more information, please visit and follow @JazzPharma on Twitter.


The Corporate Counsel, IP Litigation will manage the company’s growing docket of offensive and defensive intellectual property litigation, with a primary focus on Hatch-Waxman Act patent litigation.  This position requires a business-minded litigator who understands that litigation is one tool contributing to an overall corporate strategy

This full-time position will report to the Assistant General Counsel, Global Litigation, based in the US.


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Key Job Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the strategy and manage day-to-day flow of all intellectual property litigation in the U.S. and globally, including routine interaction with outside counsel.  The primary focus will be on patent litigation, but the Corporate Counsel, IP Litigation will also work on disputes including trademarks, trade secrets, and Lanham Act/unfair competition claims related to pharmaceutical promotion practices.
  • This attorney will be responsible for discovery in all intellectual property litigation.  Review all discovery requests and responses.  Oversee collection and review of documents, with support from litigation paralegal.  Identify appropriate company witnesses and help prepare them for deposition or trial as needed.
  • This position will require routine interaction with outside counsel and will be accountable for ensuring law firms adhere to billing guidelines and stay within budget.
  • Brief senior leaders across the company on IP litigation status, strategy, and potential outcomes. 
  • Act as primary liaison between Litigation team and Intellectual Property team.  Obtain IP team input on litigation strategy, and contribute to IP strategy, policy, and governance as requested by IP team.   
  • Monitor and provide litigation-related support for adversarial IP proceedings such as inter partes review, post-grant review, EPO oppositions, and trademark oppositions.
  • Develop and maintain subject matter expertise on different regulatory exclusivities available to pharmaceutical products (e.g., New Chemical Entity, Orphan Drug, New Clinical Investigation, etc.) and the interplay between these exclusivities and patent strategy, including timelines and requirements for generic entry.
  • As required by the company’s overall litigation portfolio, this attorney may be required to manage or support non-IP matters.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • JD from accredited law school, with at least 7 years of relevant professional experience in a law firm and/or in-house legal department.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.  Must be equally adept discussing legal topics with non-lawyers and technical topics with non-scientists.  
  • Candidates for this role must have experience litigating Hatch-Waxman patent cases in U.S. federal courts, preferably on behalf of brand pharmaceutical manufacturers.  Ideally, candidate will have briefed and argued patent claim construction issues.  Advanced degree in biology or chemistry helpful but not required if candidate has sufficient experience in pharmaceutical patent litigation. 
  • Adept at the ability to develop close, trusting relationships with a diverse set of individuals, characterized by a high-level of collaboration and mutual respect.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills; ability to work through complex issues, including those with significant strategic risk to company.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, with a record of establishing professional credibility and developing strong working partnerships with all levels across the organization.
  • Demonstrated experience identifying and resolving legal and compliance issues quickly and effectively.
  • Periodic travel throughout the United States and Europe required.

Required Education and Licenses

  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree; licensed to practice law in one or more U.S. jurisdictions

Jazz Pharmaceuticals is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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