General Electric Senior Counsel - Intellectual Property in Marlborough, Massachusetts

Role Summary:

Responsible for setting and driving the global Intellectual Property strategy throughout one or more defined business sectors in GE Healthcare. Working primarily within the GEHC Life Sciences group of businesses, this position will be responsible for all aspects of IP, from idea generation through patent filing, prosecution, trade secrets, freedom-to-operate, due diligence, agreement drafting, licensing and enforcement.

Essential Responsibilities:

  1. Works with business leaders to set and implement appropriate IP strategies to achieve business objectives.

  2. Works closely with R&D to ensure that sufficient ideas and invention disclosures are generated.

  3. Ensures that patent filings are of high quality on commercially significant inventions by working with R&D, business managers and marketing.

  4. Drafts and negotiates IP-related agreements.

  5. Ensures freedom to operate and minimizes exposure to third party IP, including providing and drafting opinions.

  6. Supervises preparation and prosecution of patent applications to ensure that meaningful protection is obtained at low cost.

  7. Manages IP litigation for defined business areas with Chief IP Litigator for GEHC, while keeping the business informed of ongoing and projected costs.

  8. Provides IP advice on major transactions and acquisitions, including due diligence activities.

  9. Works with Business Development team to secure revenue through out-licensing where appropriate.

  10. Supervises and/or guides work on oppositions proceedings.

  11. Responsible for IP portfolio and budget.


  1. Qualified USPTO- registered Patent Attorney and member of the state bar, with in the region of 7 years of post-qualification experience.

  2. Technical background in chemistry and biology.

  3. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  4. Solid leadership skills.

  5. Experience of devising innovative IP strategies.

  6. Good commercial awareness and ability to manage a budget.

Desired Characteristics:

  1. IP attorney experience working in the therapeutic or diagnostic pharmaceuticals sector.

  2. GE Healthcare Life Sciences spans multiple technical areas, from chemistry and biology through to mechanical engineering and software. Whilst expertise to advise on IP matters in the biology and chemistry fields is essential, experience and desire to work additionally in product areas pertaining to hardware and/or software fields would be desirable.

  3. Experience working in a corporate IP environment (although applicants from private practice will be welcome).

About Us:

GE (NYSE:GE) drives the world forward by tackling its biggest challenges. By combining world-class engineering with software and analytics, GE helps the world work more efficiently, reliably, and safely. GE people are global, diverse and dedicated, operating with the highest integrity and passion to fulfill GE’s mission and deliver for our customers.

At GE Healthcare Life Sciences, we accelerate precision medicine by helping researchers, pharmaceutical companies, and clinicians in their mission to discover and make new medicines and therapies. We provide expertise, technology and services for a wide range of areas within the life sciences industry, including the manufacture of pharmaceutical agents for diagnostic imaging, basic research of cells and proteins, and technologies that enable large-scale manufacturing of vaccines, biologics, and cell therapies.

Our Bioprocess business offers flexible solutions that create capacity and enable speed for the discovery and manufacture of biopharmaceuticals. We have products and platforms for every stage of drug discovery and development including early-stage research all the way through to large-scale bioprocessing. In addition, we are uniquely positioned to help emerging economies establish local biomanufacturing capabilities and capacity to meet growing global demand for affordable biologics.

The emergence of cell therapy as a treatment for challenging diseases, including cancer, is rapidly changing the healthcare landscape. Our Cell & Gene Therapy business provides the tools, technology and processes to enable researchers and manufacturing customers to bring new emerging therapies into widespread clinical use. We are investing in the field for the long-term, and partnering with pharma, biotech and clinical researchers. GE brings expertise in quality, global distribution, R&D, and regulatory that will help customers transform their cell and gene therapies from small-scale treatment to a globally-accessible personalized medicine.

Our Pharmaceutical Diagnostics business is a leading supplier of contrast, PET and nuclear medicine agents for diagnostic imaging to help clinicians make more informed diagnoses. This deeper insight can help guide better treatment choices for patients and, because they help people understand the biology of the disease, these diagnostic technologies also play a role in research and development of new precision medicines, including cell therapy, by pharma companies as they develop new drugs.

Our research portfolio includes tools and technologies used by academia, biotech, and pharmaceutical companies to accelerate research that brings us closer to therapies or even cures for disease. We work across the research workflow providing the systems, software, and consumables used to examine biomolecules and DNA. Scientists use this high-quality data and clear cell images and protein interaction analyses to better understand the biological origins and mechanisms involved in disease.

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer at . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.

Locations: United States; Massachusetts; Marlborough

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening.