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Merck & Co, Inc

Director – Intellectual Property Litigation

Science and Research

Clinical Research Director


Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

We partner with the business to ensure we maintain our company’s values and high ethical standards, comply with the law, protect our people, and enhance our reputation. We strive to foster an environment that is inspiring, supportive, and diverse.

Position Description:

Director – Intellectual Property Litigation

We are seeking an experienced and strategic intellectual property litigation attorney who will be a member of the legal team responsible for global enforcement and freedom-to-operate litigation matters. This is an exciting opportunity to join a talented and proactive litigation group. The position reports to the Vice President of Global Intellectual Property Litigation.


  • Set strategy for, manage, and provide advice to senior leadership and the business on pre-litigation, litigation, and various high-risk IP matters

  • Lead and manage outside counsel on intellectual property litigation from case inception through case closure, including establishing case and alternative dispute resolution strategies; providing internal guidance to business and relevant stakeholders and implementing litigation initiatives.

  • Investigate factual and other issues pertaining to intellectual property litigation matters, working closely with business units to defend our company and its intellectual property.

  • Perform risk assessments and determine when and how to resolve legal issues with input, as appropriate, from key legal and other stakeholders.

  • Establish and manage litigation budgets that align with interests of the business and maximize likelihood of successful outcome, working creatively with outside counsel to minimize costs and fees.

  • Work closely and collaboratively with others on the team, business clients, other members of the Office of General Counsel, and Global Communications to ensure litigation strategy comports with overall business objectives.

Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline from an accredited institution

  • Graduate of an accredited law school

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Five (5) or more years of legal experience in a firm and/or pharmaceutical corporate setting with some pharmaceutical intellectual property litigation experience.

  • Member in good standing of a Bar of at least one state or the District of Columbia.

  • Superior ability to analyze complex legal, business, and scientific issues; outstanding writing and communication skills; strong initiative and a proven ability to manage outside counsel effectively and efficiently, consistent with applicable budgets.

  • Experience managing a significant workload with the ability to balance competing priorities in a fast-paced and challenging environment, including as needed domestic and international travel.

  • Willingness and ability to quickly become proficient in new areas of legal practice.

  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate risks and exercise excellent legal judgment.

  • Must be team-oriented and have a solution-oriented approach to legal issues.

  • Maintain up-to-date understanding of intellectual property litigation and the law applicable to the same and proactively counsel the business on legal developments potentially effecting the Company’s legal and reputational status.

  • Successful candidate will work in the Company’s Rahway, NJ office, with flexibility for some remote working.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Advanced degree in the biological or chemical sciences

Registered to practice before the USPTO

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Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

Under New York City, Washington State and California State law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate’s relevant skills, experience, and education.

Expected salary range:

$193,440.00 - $304,500.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. For Washington State Jobs, a summary of benefits is listed here.

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