Senior Counsel, Brand Protection

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
London (Central), London (Greater)
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Mar 04, 2021
Apr 09, 2021
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Full Time
Senior Counsel, Brand Protection
United States - California - Foster City

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based bio-pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gileads therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

Making an impact on a global scale
Inclusion is one of the companys five core values. Thats because we know that we are stronger and more innovative at Gilead when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide.

When you join Gilead, you join our mission to change the world by enabling people to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Come join a mission-driven bio-pharmaceutical organization that values inclusion and diversity, has a strong portfolio of products, and is constantly #CreatingPossible

The IP Legal Group at Gilead is seeking an experienced brand protection attorney who is passionate about patient safety and thrives in a high-volume, fast-paced, and collaborative environment to join its team. Responsibilities will include providing legal advice and assisting in the company's anti-counterfeiting and brand protection activities, including addressing complex legal questions involving illicit online sales of prescription medicines.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide legal advice relating to and in support of the company's anti-counterfeiting and brand protection activities and ensure compliance with internal policies and protocols.
  • Identify and recommend trademark, copyright, and design patent filing strategies to support anti-counterfeiting efforts.
  • Partner with and support other departments on anti-counterfeiting/product security issues.
  • Initiate civil and administrative cases and support criminal actions filed against manufacturers and distributors of counterfeit and illegally diverted products.
  • Gain and ensure alignment with senior management and relevant functions on specific matters and projects.
  • Cooperate with law enforcement authorities in region of responsibility and manage relationship with relevant customs authorities.
  • Coordinate regional brand protection activities, including the management of external counsel and service providers as appropriate.
  • Manage and engage in online enforcement against illegal pharmacies and distributors, including working with service providers, industry collaborations and online platforms and initiating UDRPs and civil actions as appropriate.
  • Manage trademark recordations with customs.
  • Develop and deliver anti-counterfeiting trainings to internal stakeholders and to external law enforcement officers and customs authorities.

Essential Functions

  • Work collaboratively with other members of legal departments as well as internal client departments.
  • Willingness and ability to work with and coordinate activities with a large number of individuals across various departments domestically and abroad.
  • Appropriately triage a workflow, setting appropriate priorities with clients and delivering results within reasonably agreed timelines.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think creatively and devise solutions to challenging problems.
  • Contribute to multidisciplinary and/or cross-functional projects and take responsibility for legal aspects of complex to moderately complex projects within the IP Legal team.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills
  • Juris Doctorate from a nationally recognized law school.
  • Admitted to practice law.
  • 5+ years of experience in a full-time licensed trademark attorney role with a strong emphasis on anti-counterfeiting, IP enforcement, and product security.
  • Experience in successfully initiating/managing civil cases and/or supporting criminal/ administrative actions related to counterfeiting.
  • Combination of law firm and in-house experience preferred.
  • Pharmaceutical industry experience preferred.
  • Experience in online brand protection/product security enforcement, including background in working with online platforms to identify and disrupt suppliers of counterfeit products.
  • Ability to manage and serve a wide range of client groups within the company by recognizing and responding quickly and pragmatically.
  • Exceptional and demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.
  • High proficiency in computer skills including Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe and Visio, etc.
  • Demonstration of Gilead's core values: Teamwork, Excellence, Accountability, Inclusion and Integrity.

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As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact for assistance.

For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the EEO is the Law' poster.



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