Sr Counsel, IP Litigation

in Chicago, IL

Sr Counsel, IP Litigation Job

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  • Job Location

    Chicago, IL, US

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  • Job Type

    Full time

  • Travel

    Yes, 20 % of the Time

  • Schedule

    40 hours per week

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader, creating breakthrough science to improve people’s health. We’re always looking towards the future, anticipating changes in medical science and technology.

Working at Abbott

At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and family, be your true self and live a full life. You’ll also have access to:

  • Career development with an international company where you can grow the career you dream of.
  • Free medical coverage for employees* via the Health Investment Plan (HIP) PPO
  • An excellent retirement savings plan with high employer contribution
  • Tuition reimbursement, the Freedom 2 Save student debt program and FreeU education benefit - an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor’s degree.
  • A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune.
  • A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as a best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists.

The Opportunity

This position works out of our Abbott Park, IL or Willis Tower location in the GENC General Counsel division.   

The intellectual property litigator will be responsible for an exciting variety of complex intellectual property litigation matters both inside and outside of the U.S. including, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights, both in courts and administrative proceedings. 

They will possess a demonstrated expertise in intellectual property litigation, including trial, motion practice, courtroom, deposition, arbitration/mediation, pleadings, legal research, and developing litigation strategy experience.  Experience in European litigation is desirable, but not required.

What You’ll Work On

  • Developing successful strategies for complex IP litigation and administrative proceedings, including creative approaches to dispute resolution;
  • With minimal supervision, selecting, supervising and directing outside counsel, including developing and maintaining case budgets; and
  • Advising business leaders [senior roles: at highest levels of management] on legal issues, litigation strategy and dispute resolution, and collaborate with leaders to drive desired outcomes most beneficial to the business.

Critical Success Factors

  • Good Judgment:  Demonstrate expertise and sound judgment, understand how assigned responsibilities support Abbott’s business objectives, and be able to provide practical, risk-balanced advice based upon a thorough understanding of the scope of an issue, taking full advantage of internal networks and external intelligence.
  • Collaboration:  Firm understanding of available legal, functional, and business resources and ability to integrate information from a number of sources to achieve business results, including breaking down boundaries to create alignment as necessary, in a complex, global, matrixed environment.
  • Anticipation:  Holistic, big picture thinker, who anticipates changes in law, enforcement, and/or business objectives and adapts approach as necessary to manage risks effectively and mitigate issues before they arise.
  • Influencing Skills:  Build strong relationships with business partners to tactfully influence and gain their support to drive desired outcomes. Represent Abbott externally to [customers, suppliers, competitors, trade associations or government agencies]; and [resolve legal issues using negotiation skills and legal expertise/engage in external influencing efforts].
  • This role may directly manage an administrative assistant, paralegal or a Counsel-level attorney, and will assist in supervising and training support staff Travel:  Should be prepared to periodically travel.  This role can be based in either Abbott Park Illinois or downtown Chicago Illinois. 

Required Qualifications

  • Possess a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school, demonstrate a strong academic background, admitted to a US state bar in good standing and have, or be able to obtain, appropriate licensure to practice law in Illinois.
  • Possess at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering or hard science (e.g., chemistry, biology, biochemistry).
  • Experience practicing IP Litigation in a prominent law firm or a large corporation.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects in fast-paced environment and exercise sound commercial and legal judgment.
  • Ability to independently handle highly complex matters with minimal supervision, and understand which issues to elevate to senior management and appropriate timing for doing so.
  • In addition to top-notch legal skills and a strong ethical center, excellent interpersonal, strategic thinking, communication and organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Admission to practice before the USPTO and advanced degrees in hard science are preferred.

* Participants who complete a short wellness assessment qualify for FREE coverage in our HIP PPO medical plan. Free coverage applies in the next calendar year.

Learn more about our health and wellness benefits, which provide the security to help you and your family live full lives:

Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that can help you build your future and live your best life. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

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The base pay for this position is $143,300.00 – $286,700.00. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.

Job Skills

  • litigation strategy
  • dispute resolution
  • legal research
  • pleadings
  • intellectual property
  • arbitration
  • trademarks
  • trade secrets

Additional Information

Who We Are


Abbott values the leadership skills developed through military service and we have a broad range of functional areas to put your talents to work. Our organization is making a difference in the lives of the people we serve with a diverse offering of healthcare products. We have a strong veteran employee community to help with your transition from the military to the corporate world.

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