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Job Title: Patent Counsel  - INT000169

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its 125-year legacy. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.
Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you.  To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork.  As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.
The attorney will provide patent support functions for Merck’s discovery and development groups.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 
  • Draft and prosecute patent applications to protect Merck’s products, product candidates and platform technologies 
  • Conduct FTO analyses for products and platform technology 
  • Conduct IP due diligence for corporate transactions 
  • Provide legal services, advice and guidance that is consistent with law and Company policy, furthers business objectives and appropriately balances divisional/function/corporate business objectives and legal risks 
  • Exercise judgment to drive decisions on routine and non-routine matters within area of practice 
  • Supervise activities and manage relationships with outside counsel 
  • Some domestic and international travel may be required

Education Minimum Requirement: 
  • A Bachelor's degree in the pharmaceutical, chemical or biological sciences from an accredited institution 
  • Graduate of an accredited US law school

Required Experience and Skills: 

  • Member in good standing of a Bar of any State or the District of Columbia 
  • Registered to practice before the USPTO 
  • Five (5) or more years of legal and/or scientific experience in a law firm or corporate setting
  • Strong technical background 
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills

Preferred Experience and Skills: 

  • Experience in counseling clients on intellectual property issues 
  • Experience in managing a significant workload, with the ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously 
  • Ability to work in cross-functional teams 
  • Ability to be proactive and take initiative 
  • Expertise in either chemistry (small molecules) or large molecule patents, with a willingness to develop expertise in the other area 
  • Advanced degree in chemical or biological sciences
Our employees are the key to our company’s success.  We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program.  Our Company’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives.  If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at
Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully: 
Merck & Co., Inc. is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity.  Please, no phone calls or emails.  All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Merck via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Merck.  No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Merck as a result of the referral or through other means.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
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Job Intellectual Property (Patent/Trademark) Law

Primary Location NA-US-NJ-Rahway

Other Locations 

Employee Status Regular

Number Of Openings 1

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