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Counsel, Patent Prosecution (Neuroscience)

North Chicago, Illinois Req ID 2208620 Category Legal Division AbbVie

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
Significant Work Activities: N/A
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Job Type: Experienced
Schedule: Full-time

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