Johnson & Johnson Careers


New Brunswick, New Jersey; Fort Washington, Pennsylvania; Skillman, New Jersey
Corporate Law

Job Description

Requisition ID: 6408190605

The Law Department is recruiting for a Senior Patent Counsel, to primarily support the consumer sector of Johnson & Johnson. The position will report to an Assistant General Counsel – Patents. The position will be located in New Brunswick, NJ, Skillman, NJ or Fort Washington, PA.

Caring for the world, one person at a time has inspired and united the people of Johnson & Johnson for over 125 years. We embrace research and science -- bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world.

With $76.5 billion in 2017 sales, Johnson & Johnson is the world's most comprehensive and broadly-based manufacturer of health care products, as well as a provider of related services, for the consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical devices markets. There are more than 265 Johnson & Johnson operating companies employing approximately 126,500 people and with products touching the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world. If you have the talent and desire to touch the world, Johnson & Johnson has the career opportunities to help make it happen.

As a Senior Patent Counsel, you will:

  • Provide a full range of patent support functions, including patent preparation and prosecution, freedom-to-operate studies (e.g., infringement and validity analysis), and client counseling.
  • Draft and negotiate agreements, including license and research collaboration agreements.
  • Provide due diligence support for business development activities.
  • Have in-depth knowledge of competitive technologies in the consumer product space, as appropriate, including: skin health products, baby products, oral care products, wound care products, and over-the-counter (OTC) products.
  • Support US and international litigation.
  • Manage relationships with external firms, partners and/or outside counsel.
  • Make regular presentations, train and interact with business partners about patents, other intellectual property, contracts, and due diligence matters.
  • Work closely with business leaders and colleagues.

  • An undergraduate or advanced degree in medical sciences, chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, bioengineering, pharmaceutical sciences, or biotechnology is required.
  • A Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school, admitted to the USPTO and licensed to practice in at least one state or the District of Columbia is required.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of law firm and/or corporate law department experience is required.
  • Patent preparation and prosecution experience is required.
  • Conducting patentability and non-infringement studies and rendering opinions is required.
  • Experience in due diligence activities, license/agreement drafting, and contract negotiation is preferred.
  • Background in consumer skin health, oral health, and/or OTC products is preferred.
  • Experience with digital health technology is preferred (e.g., software, big data, data analytics, artificial intelligence and/or mobile device health applications).
  • A demonstrated competency in the chemical, medical, biomedical, bioengineering or pharmaceutical sciences is required.
  • The ability to articulate and positively engage clients and internal partners is required.
  • The ability to give well organized and thoughtful presentations to upper management is required.
  • A positive attitude, high emotional intelligence and the ability to work in a highly matrixed but rewarding business environment is required.
  • Must be able to travel up to 10% of the time both domestically and internationally.

Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


Primary Location
United States-New Jersey-New Brunswick-
Other Locations
North America-United States-Pennsylvania-Fort Washington, North America-United States-New Jersey-Skillman
Johnson & Johnson (6067)
Job Function
Corporate Law
Requisition ID