• Counsel, Patent Prosecution (Neuroscience)

    AbbVie North Chicago, IL 60064

    Job #2314079797

  • AbbVie is searching for an in-house patent prosecution Counsel for our Intellectual Property Prosecution group. This position will be based in our North Chicago headquarters with a hybrid work model (on site 3+ days/week).

    Acting individually and in cross-functional teams, the in-house Counsel will develop and implement intellectual property strategies for AbbVie's products and product candidates.


    • Maximize AbbVie's competitive position through creation and implementation of intellectual property strategies

    • Provide legal advice and counsel to cross-functional R&D and business teams on a variety of IP-related matters

    • Draft, file, and prosecute strategically useful patent applications worldwide both directly and through management of outside counsel

    • Challenge and defend patents in IPR, opposition, interference, and other post-grant proceedings

    • Conduct prior art searches, analyze third-party patent positions, and conduct due diligence to support business development activities


    • JD degree from an accredited law school, state bar admission enabling in-house practice (specific state not required), and registration to practice before the USPTO

    • 3+ years of experience practicing patent law as an attorney or patent agent at a law firm and/or life sciences company, including substantial U.S. and foreign patent prosecution

    • Technical background relevant for pharmaceutical patent prosecution, such as:

    • Experience with small molecule and/or biological pharmaceutical discovery & development, and/or

    • Advanced degree in relevant field, such as molecular biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, or chemical engineering

    • Strong legal, analytical, communication, collaboration, and people skills

    • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects to meet deadlines