Astellas Pharma Assistant General Counsel - IP Oncology in Northbrook, Illinois

Developing innovative therapies is one of the most challenging, most essential and personally rewarding fields in science. This is the most exciting time to be a part of Astellas, a company with a uniquely collaborative and patient-focused culture.

There's something special about working at Astellas. It's reflected in our focus on the people we serve, the way we treat each other and the results we achieve together as a company.

Astellas is announcing an Assistant General Counsel -- IP Oncology opportunity in Northbrook, IL.

Purpose & Scope:

Responsible for providing practical, timely and high quality IP support. While keeping manager appropriately informed, independently identifies legal and IP-related business issues, provides legal options and analysis of possible solutions, and gives recommendations for addressing critical issues so that business and legal objectives are met. Advises and consults with employees, managers and senior management, and educates clients about ongoing initiatives and proactive measures and approaches to reduce legal and IP-related business risks for the company.

The ultimate responsibility of this position is to facilitate the business objectives of the company by providing timely and effective IP support to all functions, as well as minimizing potential legal exposure and IP-related business risk.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

Advise management on strategic issues with respect to the IP portfolio for Oncology assets in R&D up to and during commercialization.

Collaborate with IP Colleagues in Japan and Europe under the leadership of the VP of IP Americas Region and Global VP of IP located in Japan in support of R&D project teams located in the US and Japan.

Assist in managing patent litigation matters for the Region including the defense of the company's patents in administrative proceedings and ANDA litigation.

Work with project teams to develop IP strategies to protect new technologies / products.

Assess the patentability of new technologies developed by project teams located in the US.

Draft and file patent applications to protect inventions.

Prosecute and maintain patent applications.

Advise management with respect to patent portfolios for competitor products.

Provide strategic counsel and support to the business development function with respect to complex deals, including due diligence and patent advice.

Advise management and work collaboratively with Legal colleagues with respect to IP aspects of contracts and agreements.

Organizational Context: Reports to US VP IP Americas Region



  • JD degree and admitted to practice before the USPTO and a state Bar.

  • B.S. degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, or related field.

  • Minimum of 10 years industry experience in corporate patent department or law firm, including experience in counselling, drafting, prosecution, and IP analyses (freedom-to-operate, infringement, validity).

  • Transactional experience in advising clients regarding a wide range of agreements including patent licenses, collaboration agreements and development agreements.

  • Solid understanding of global patent laws and ability to advise internal clients from a global perspective as well as a US perspective.

  • Solid understanding of other legal issues with potential overlap with IP, including US regulatory processes and protections for prescription drugs and antitrust laws.

  • Knowledge and understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, including, R&D, regulatory, manufacturing, and commercial elements.

  • Good oral and written communication skills.

  • Self-motivated, innovative, strategic, detail-oriented and able to provide high quality and timely work product.

  • Works independently with minimal supervision.

  • Understands and appropriately manages the cultural and logistical challenges of working with a foreign parent company and global organization.

  • Ability to effectively provide leadership to cross-functional teams.


  • Advanced degree in chemistry or biology, or significant work experience in the pharmaceutical industry.


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