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Lilly Patent Counsel (Diabetes/Biomedicines) in Indianapolis, Indiana

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 35,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

Lilly is seeking an experienced and strategic patent attorney focused on providing solutions-oriented advice and counselling for issues facing Lilly in discovery, development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products. Individual must be energized by working in a dynamic environment with broad responsibility. This position reports to a Sr. Director – General Patent Counsel in the corresponding therapeutic area, either Diabetes or Biomedicines, and requires close collaboration with other members of the Lilly Legal Patent team and business leadership.


  • Draft and prosecute pharmaceutical patent applications in all jurisdictions, primarily related to small molecules in accordance with business requirements, patent laws and Lilly policies and procedures.

  • Proactively analyze risks and develop sound strategic and tactical approaches/solutions with appropriate consideration of business objectives and the environment.

  • Advise teams and senior management about exclusivity, freedom to operate, due diligence, contract, licensing, and litigation risks in a manner consistent with the law, ethics, and Lilly policies; communicate advice in a clear and concise manner.

  • Develop, coordinate, support and, optionally, lead inter and ex parte challenges in all jurisdictions related to Lilly and/or third-party portfolios.

  • Participate and contribute to overall strategy established through departmental guidance forums related to patent procurement or litigation strategies.

  • Lead with a continuous improvement mindset by remaining well versed in global laws, court precedents, and regulations pertinent to pharmaceutical products; apply knowledge appropriately in carrying out individual responsibilities as well as opportunities within the team and organization.

  • Prioritize, lead, and manage projects; contribute to the implementation of new policies and procedures; lead task-directed teams.

  • Contribute to efficiency, collegiality, and collaboration.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a scientific field that together with prior work experience, provides sufficient background for effective communication with scientists and management about scientific aspects of discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecule products.

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree from an accredited U.S. institution.

  • Minimum of four years of post-JD experience as a patent attorney in a law firm or industry.

  • At least 4 years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications relating to small molecules, and some experience preparing and prosecuting peptide and biologic (large molecule) patent applications.

  • Presently admitted to practice law in at least one US jurisdiction and presently licensed to represent clients in patent matters before the USPTO; in good standing in each state and in the USPTO; no discipline issues on record.

Additional Skills/Preferences

  • Highly motivated and collaborative partner with the ability to work effectively with team members and members of management across all levels of the organization.

  • Demonstrated leadership and effectiveness in working with senior leadership

  • Experience in the pharmaceutical industry in a scientific position in drug discovery or development, or demonstrated significant experience with and knowledge of drug discovery and development, and/or with patent litigation relating to pharmaceutical products.

  • Innovative and proactively identifies opportunities and looks for new, creative solutions.

  • Ability to influence and lead boldly in a dynamic environment.

  • High learning agility, including: creatively solving problems; having ability to deal with complexity; commitment to expand knowledge and adapt to a changing environment; and having the ability to make the complex understandable.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to influence others.

  • Demonstrated ability to appropriately handle confidential information

Additional Information

  • Office work located at Lilly Corporate Center primarily supporting groups located at Lilly Corporate Center and Lilly Technology Center (Indianapolis) and Lilly Biotechnology Center (San Diego). Travel is usually not significant (0-5%), but travel could become more significant (10-20%) intermittently for internal/external requirements.

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

As a condition of employment with Eli Lilly and Company and its subsidiaries in the United States and Puerto Rico, you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination satisfactory to the company. If you would like to request an accommodation for medical or religious reasons, you may do so at

At Lilly we strive to ensure our employees are part of a team that cares about them and our shared purpose of making life better for those around the world. How do we do this? We continue to look for ways to include, innovate, accelerate and deliver while maintaining integrity, excellence and respect for people.​ We hope that you seek to join us on our journey as we create medicine and deliver improved outcomes for patients across the globe!