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Patent Counsel

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Req ID R-10347 Title Patent Counsel City Indianapolis State / Province Indiana Country United States

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 39,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

Open Position: Patent Counsel- Diabetes

Experienced patent attorney focused on providing solution-oriented counseling for issues facing Lilly in its discovery, development, and commercialization of pharmaceutical products in the diabetes field. This position reports to the Sr. Director- General Patent Counsel, Diabetes and Devices and requires close collaboration with other members the Lilly Legal Patent team and diabetes business leadership. The position is well suited for patent attorneys energized by working in a dynamic environment with broad responsibility.


  • Draft and prosecute pharmaceutical patent applications, primarily related to peptides (biologically or chemically synthesized), proteins and/or other biological products in all jurisdictions in accordance with business requirements, patent laws and Lilly policies and procedures.

  • Advise teams and senior management about exclusivity, freedom to operate, due diligence, contract, licensing, and litigation risks in a manner consistent with the law, ethics, and Lilly policies; communicate advice in a simple and concise manner.

  • Analyze risks and develop sound tactical approaches/solutions with appropriate consideration of business objectives, strategy, and the environment.

  • Develop, coordinate, support and, optionally, lead diabetes related inter and ex-partes challenges in all jurisdictions related to Lilly and/or third-party patent portfolios.

  • Participate and contribute to overall strategy established through departmental governance forums related to patent procurement or litigation strategies.

  • Lead with a continuous improvement mindset by remaining well versed in global laws, court precedents, and regulations pertinent to pharmaceutical products; apply knowledge appropriately in carrying out individual responsibilities as well as opportunities within the team and organization.

  • Prioritize and manage projects; contribute to the implementation of new policies and procedures; lead task-directed teams.

  • Contribute to efficiency, collegiality, and collaboration.

  • As needed, lead, or participate in due diligence, licensing and inter partes matters.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a scientific field that together with prior work experience, provides sufficient background for effective communication with scientists and management about scientific aspects of discovery, development, and commercialization of peptide, protein and/or biological products.

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree from an accredited U.S. institution.

  • Four or more years of post-JD experience as a patent attorney in a law firm or industry.

  • Presently admitted to practice law in at least one US jurisdiction and presently licensed to represent clients in patent matters before the USPTO; in good standing in each state and in the USPTO; no discipline issues on record.

Additional Skills/Preferences

  • Collaborative partner with the ability to work effectively with team members and members of management across all levels of the organization.

  • At least 4 years of technical experience in the pharmaceutical industry in a scientific position in drug discovery or development, or demonstrated significant experience with and knowledge of drug discovery and development, and/or with patent litigation relating to pharmaceutical products.

  • At least 4 years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications relating to pharmaceutical products, primarily, peptides, proteins and/or biological molecules.

  • Innovative- proactively identifies opportunities, and looks for new, creative solutions.

  • Ability to influence and lead boldly in a dynamic environment.

  • High learning agility, including creatively solving problems; having ability to deal with complexity; having high curiosity; responding well to constructive feedback; seeking improvement of self and Lilly; accepting or leading change and helping others adapt to change; having the ability to adjust style to audience; and having the ability to make the complex understandable.

  • Sensitivity to others; composure under stress; ability to quickly learn and adapt.

  • Ability to organize self, to multi-task effectively, to satisfactorily complete projects with deadlines on time, and to direct others.

  • Effective as individual contributor, team member, and leader.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Additional Information

  • Office work located at Lilly Corporate Center primarily supporting groups located at Lilly Corporate Center and Lilly Technology Center (Indianapolis) and Lilly Biotechnology Center (San Diego).  Travel is usually not significant (0-5%), but travel could become more significant (5-20%) intermittently for litigation or other external requirements.

Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly USA, LLC and our wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively “Lilly”) are committed to help individuals with disabilities to participate in the workforce and ensure equal opportunity to compete for jobs. If you require an accommodation to submit a resume for positions at Lilly, please email Lilly Human Resources ( ) for further assistance. Please note This email address is intended for use only to request an accommodation as part of the application process. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

To submit resume, visit and apply to Req ID R-10347.

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

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