Lead IP Litigation Counsel, Sandoz, Germany (f/m)

Division SANDOZ
Geschäftseinheit Global Legal SZ
Standort Holzkirchen (near Munich)
Funktionsbereich Legal & Intellectual Property & Compliance
Art der Stelle Part Time
Anstellungsverhältnis Regular
StellenID 257483BR


Job purpose

The purpose of the Lead IP Litigation Counsel is to be a business partner that delivers practical and valuable commercial opportunities and results.

Key Responsibilities

• Develop and implement multi-jurisdictional IP litigation strategies;
• Advise and partner with commercial stakeholders regarding all planned and pending IP litigations and projects;
• Increase the professional expertise of the IP department and assist training members of the IP litigation team;
• Liaise with Commercial Operations, Regions, Launch Management and BD&L Functions;
• Manage external counsel, both in terms of instructions and budget;
• Manage complex, multi-jurisdictional patent litigation activities (incl. related IP aspects);
• Support and assist securing freedom from valid blocking 3rd party patent rights;
• Collaborate with the Product Strategy and Biopharm IP attorneys to ensure seamless and excellent service delivery;
• Continuously inform supervisor about activities and seek support and approval from supervisor.

About Sandoz:

About Sandoz
Sandoz is a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars. As a division of the Novartis Group, our purpose is to discover new ways to improve and extend people’s lives. We contribute to society’s ability to support growing healthcare needs by pioneering novel approaches to help people around the world access high-quality medicine. Our portfolio of approximately 1000 molecules, covering all major therapeutic areas, accounted for 2016 sales of USD 10.1 billion. In 2016, our products reached well over 500 million patients and we aspire to reach one billion. Sandoz is headquartered in Holzkirchen, in Germany’s Greater Munich area.

Sandoz Biopharmaceuticals, a global business unit of Sandoz, comprises biosimilars, contract manufacturing and Glatopa 20mg (glatiramer acetate). It is a USD one billion business (2016 annual sales). As the pioneer and global leader in biosimilars, with sales in 86 countries and five marketed biosimilars in Europe, Sandoz is committed to increasing patient access to high-quality, life-enhancing biosimilars. Its biosimilar products (Omnitrope, Binocrit, Zarzio/Zarzio, Rixathon and Erelzi) have generated more than 340 million patient days of experience. Sandoz has a leading biosimilar pipeline and plans to launch a total of five biosimilars of major oncology and immunology biologics across major markets between 2017 and 2020. A division of the Novartis Group, Sandoz is well-positioned to continue leading the biosimilars industry based on its experience and capabilities in development, manufacturing, and commercialization.

Benefits of Working for Sandoz
• Competitive salary
• Performance based annual bonus
• Work/life balance
• Pension scheme
• Life insurance
• Medical Health Insurance
• Paid annual leave
• Additional benefits

‘I came for the job, I stay for the culture’

Legal & Intellectual Property & Compliance


The ideal candidate will have

Education (minimum/desirable):
• Admission to practice as a lawyer in at least one European jurisdiction
• Technical degree (B.Sc. or higher)

• Fluent in English on business level with excellent communication skills in spoken/written word is essential
• Fluency in additional language is a plus


• 8 +years relevant litigation experience in a law firm or corporation;
• Preferably experience handling Pharmaceutical and/or Life Science litigations as both an external and in-house advisor;
• Demonstrated ability to consistently perform complex litigation activities independently and efficiently;
• Recognized as a strategic partner by the relevant clients with respect to litigation activities;
• Ability to effectively communicate complex IP litigation information to a broad range of business stakeholders;
• Demonstrated willingness and ability to provide substantive guidance and other assistance to colleagues.

We focus on creating an inclusive organisation and welcome people who have different knowledge, perspectives, experience and working styles from across the global population.

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