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Paralegal, IP




Princeton, New Jersey, United States

Novartis protects 766 million patients and more than 100,000 employees in over 140 countries.<br><br>Sandoz, a Novartis division is a leader in generic and biosimilar medicines and a pioneer in digital therapeutics.<br><br>Job Purpose<br>180+. The number of dedicated and inspired legal associates around the world supporting all aspects of the Sandoz business. <br><br>Our US IP litigation docket is poised to grow by 50% in 2023 and will double in 2024. We are looking for an experienced, intellectually curious paralegal to join our team and be part of Sandoz’s transformational growth journey. Join us and make an impact on patient’s lives every day!<br><br>This role will assist the VP, IP NA with a wide variety of IP matters relating to the commercialization of Sandoz products. This role is responsible for independently providing a high quality and diverse range of support to the U.S. IP team on IP litigation and business development (“BD”) activities, with attorney supervision as appropriate. This role undertakes operational and strategic responsibilities to maximize the effectiveness of Paralegal services and support within the IP function at a local and global level. <br><br>Major Accountabilities<br>• Proactively and autonomously supports in-house patent litigation counsel and other legal professionals through all stages of US IP litigation matters including interacting with external counsel and Global functional colleagues.<br>• Proactively and autonomously supports in-house attorneys and other legal professionals on all aspects of Company’s BD activities, including collaborating with BD colleagues.<br>• Contribute to projects relating to IP litigation and BD processes/operations, driving the successful implementation of new and revised processes and guidelines. Develop, coordinate and successfully implement various projects to support legal/IP and business unit goals and objectives.<br>• Litigation database document and information management and updating internal knowledge databases to record and report litigation events, updates and outcomes (e.g. Memotech, OneNote, SharePoint). Familiarity with patent and litigation databases (e.g. PatBase, Espacenet, PACER, etc).<br>• Communicate with internal stakeholders and external counsel on various IP litigation and BD issues. Work with the in-house paralegal team to assist in managing the patent litigation budgeting process, including working with colleagues on the finance team. Work with the discovery team in disclosure exercises and litigation holds; assisting in review of disclosure documents, where necessary. Work with General Legal and other general legal paralegals on key department projects to support Legal function.<br>• Prepare for and attend meetings with internal stakeholders and external counsel (including agenda management, minute taking and follow up, at lead attorney’s instruction). Prepare Terms of Engagement with legal vendors. Contribute to the procurement of specialist IP services. Perform research as requested using computer and printed resources. <br>• Analyze and adapt processes in order to improve efficiency and identify administrative processes and/or procedures in need of review and revision to ensure efficient and effective use of resources.<br>• Assist in the preparation of draft analytical litigation and BD documents e.g. status reports and updates, legal research, and assistance with disclosure. Review, draft, amend and handle execution of standard patent and legal documents such as Powers of Attorney, settlement agreements, and notice letters.<br><br>While Novartis does not require vaccination at this time, for certain Novartis sites in the US all associates and candidates may be required to either upload an image of their COVID-19 vaccine card demonstrating proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 (or other similar evidence of vaccination) or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken by the associate or candidate within the past seven days to enter any of our sites and/or customer office or healthcare facility, as well as prior to participating in other work related off-site meetings. Employees working in customer-facing roles must adhere to and comply with customers’ (such as hospitals, physician offices, etc.) credentialing guidelines, which may require vaccination. As required by applicable law, Novartis will consider requests for reasonable accommodation for those unable to be vaccinated. This requirement is subject to applicable state and local laws and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions. Please send accommodation requests to