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Bristol Myers Squibb

Annuity Specialist – Patent Operations


Computer Specialist


Princeton, New Jersey, United States

At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are inspired by a single vision – transforming patients’ lives through science. In oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease – and one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry – each of our passionate colleagues contribute to innovations that drive meaningful change. We bring a human touch to every treatment we pioneer. Join us and make a difference.

Position Summary

The Annuity Specialist is responsible for monitoring, maintaining, managing, and protecting Bristol-Myers Squibb Company’s global patent portfolio, including coordination with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company’s annuity payment system, domestic outside counsel, and international agents.


  • Work independently to prioritize and instruct annuity agent or law firms regarding payments of foreign and U.S. annuities/maintenance fees or patent abandonments and if appropriate, following up with attorneys and taking appropriate action essential to keep patent in-force

  • Act as primary point of contact for law firms and vendors regarding patent annuities

  • Generate and analyze annuity reports for patent portfolios, critically reading and researching to identify issues and discrepancies; taking appropriate steps and following up as needed to respond to annuity agent regarding inconsistencies or missing information

  • Maintain good understanding of worldwide patent annuity laws with ability to read, interpret and implement law updates as they relate to Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Patent Estate and electronic patent database system, Memotech

  • Process group mail account daily and investigate, research, and respond timely

  • Enter and verify dates and other information in electronic patent database system to ensure data integrity of the patent database

  • Review docketing to ensure accuracy and consistency and advise docketing group regarding inaccuracies or changes in laws and appropriate processes to follow regarding docketing of patent applications and patents; provide advice and guidance to patent team

  • Train colleagues on docketing procedures which impact patent annuities and or maintenance

  • Conduct daily status check of pending annuity/maintenance fee instructions; and establish and maintain follow-up procedures related to patent annuities

  • Reconcile annuity related invoices

  • Develop and maintain patent annuity manual

  • Assist with departmental projects as assigned and provide ad-hoc docketing support for the team as needed

Required Qualification(s) and Desired Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher and 2+ years of experience in an equivalent role including direct responsibility for the tracking and payment of annuities

  • Excellent written and oral skills

  • Experience with patent portfolio database management platforms, SAP, legal management software such as ONIT

Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is an essential job function of this role which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and enhances the Company culture.

To protect the safety of our workforce, customers, patients and communities, the policy of the Company requires all employees and workers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have received an exception based on an approved request for a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. Therefore, all BMS applicants seeking a role located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico must confirm that they have already received or are willing to receive the full COVID-19 vaccination by their start date as a qualification of the role and condition of employment. This requirement is subject to state and local law restrictions and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions such as Montana. This requirement is also subject to discussions with collective bargaining representatives in the U.S.

Our company is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities can excel through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request an approval of accommodation prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application or if you are applying to a role based in the U.S. or Puerto Rico and you believe that you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief, during or any part of the recruitment process, please direct your inquiries to Visit to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

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