Your tasks and responsibilities
・Advice on Japan-wide IP strategy and its implementation to local leadership and business teams (in particular for the local Pharmaceutical Division).
・In alignment with the global IP Litigation function and in conjunction with outside law firms
-Initiating opposition or annulment proceedings against competitors' patents
-Defending the companies' patents against opposition or annulment proceedings by competitors
-Preparing expert opinions on the possible obstruction of planned products, their manufacturing or use resulting from competitors' patents (Freedom-to-Operate opinions)
-Patent infringement proceedings
・Drafting of agreements (confidentiality/non-disclosure, cooperation and license agreements), participation in due diligence and contract negotiations
・In conjunction with global patent counsel and outside law firms, drafting patent applications and patent extension applications together with inventors and filing them with patent offices
・Tracking granting procedures, including checking and responding to patent reviews and appealing patent rejections
・Handling MHLW and PMDA patent enquiries and building strong communication lines with authorities in a pro-active manner.
Who you are
・University degree with distinction in Business, Economics, Law or related field (MBA welcome)
・Legal qualification (overseas or Japan) and minimum 3-5 years experiences working in the Japanese pharmaceutical industry
・In-depth knowledge of Japanese patent law
・Good knowledge of other relevant areas of law (European and US IP law, Japanese anti-trust law)
・Ability to draft and evaluate IP-related agreements, especially license agreements
・Excellent command of Japanese and English (TOEIC 850+)
・Experience in project management
・Ability to early identify conflicts of interests between organizational units both within and beyond the companies supported and to integrate and coordinate any divergent IP objectives, taking into account legal requirements
・Ability to promote mutual decision-making despite such conflicts of interest
・Ability to convince decision-makers in the organizational units, contractual partners, patent offices and courts using objective arguments as part of appropriate negotiating strategies
・Ability to explain complex legal and technical issues understandably to clients
・Ability to conduct negotiations and coordinate agreements in line with their functional responsibilities in an international context
・Ability to align and work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders in the local and global organization
・Ability to develop IP strategies largely independently in order to protect new or existing products based on an analysis of the relevant circumstances in consultation with the Global Head of Patents and the Head of LPC Japan
・Ability to draft Freedom to Operate opinions largely independently in consultation with the Global Head of Patents and the Head of LPC Japan
・Ability to develop IP evaluation strategies largely independently in consultation with the Global Head of Patents and the Head of LPC Japan
・Ability to evaluate company and third-party IP portfolios largely independently, especially in the context of mergers and acquisitions, in consultation with the Global Head of Patents and the Head of LPC Japan
・Ability to prioritize work independently and on their own responsibility when working on multiple projects with tight deadlines
・Ability to conduct correspondence with third parties independently and on their own responsibility as per signature authorization
・Ensuring accountability and consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
・Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
・Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
・Making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
・Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.