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Corporate Counsel, IP

Requisition ID:  35600
Date:  Jul 9, 2021

Exton, Pennsylvania, US

Department:  Legal



Working at West means having an opportunity to work by the side of our patients and customers, our global team members and the communities in which we operate – which all help contribute to a Healthier World.


At West, we are by the side of patients. The work we do impacts patients’ lives each and every day – our products are a critical part of healthcare delivery and we are proud of the role we play to improve patient health. We work by the side of our team members. We come together as one global team to deliver for our customers and help them address their challenges. We are a diverse, close-knit community of professionals, where everyone has a voice and opportunity to learn and grow through mutual trust and respect. With a 95 year plus history, we have a track record for success, which includes reported sales of $2.14B in 2020. We serve by the side of our community. Giving back is in our DNA—our team members across more than 50 sites globally are involved with hundreds of charities that have special meaning to them through our West Without Borders team member-led giving program.


Oversees preparation and prosecution of patent applications; assists in the management of the company’s IP portfolio; reviews preliminary patent and literature searches and analyzes patent search results relative to products in support of patentability and infringement analyses; and assists in the review of third party patents.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all aspects of U.S. and foreign patent application preparation and prosecution docket.
  • Manage internal and external counsel and patent agents.
  • Advise globally on confidentiality agreements and overseeing execution and management process.
  • Facilitate and track the clearance of all potential new products in development.
  • Advise clients on the various legal risks, business strategies, and other issues related to IP processes and other projects.
  • Facilitate and track the clearance of all potential new products in development.
  • Support leadership in developing IP strategy and execution
  • Research and advise on IP, commercial and other legal issues, including IP provisions in agreements, as needed.
  • Develop training modules, presentations, and other material on legal issues of importance to internal stakeholders and provide such information and training upon request.
  • Propose, organize, manage, and complete department projects either individually or as a member of a team.
  • Provide legal support to the business in other substantive areas of law as needed.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s in Electrical, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering and a Juris Doctor.
  • Professional licenses:  Registered U.S. Patent Attorney; admitted to at least one state bar; and eligible for admission to the Pennsylvania bar.
  • 7+ years of relevant experience at least 5 years of which were practicing as an attorney in a law firm; experience working as patent examiner a plus.
  • Proficient with MS Office products, including PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Outlook; experience with MS team tools and IP portfolio management and analysis software is a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communications.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work autonomously in a fast-paced & complex environment with a self-motivated work ethic; utilize sound judgment with an ability to manage multiple priorities with a sense of urgency
  • Ability to work in a virtual environment in a global organization and to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment in making decisions and resolving complex problems related to general & technical aspects of the job. Decisions made with in-depth understanding and interpretation of procedures, policies, and business practices to achieve results.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as needed.
  • Able to be aware of all relevant SOPs as per Company policy as they are related to the position covered by this Job Description 
  • Support and contribute in Lean Sigma programs and activities towards delivery of the set target 
  • Able to comply with the company’s safety and quality policies at all times


Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel up to 10% of the time 


Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to work in a sedentary work environment. 
  • Must be able to communicate effectively, speak in front of groups, express & exchange ideas and understand direction.  
  • Maintain the ability to work well with others in a variety of situations.
  • Able to multi-task, work under time constraints, problem solve, and prioritize.
  • Able to learn and apply new information or new skills.







West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to kimberley.eby@westpharma.com.  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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