Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

Sixteen-year in-house attorney in highly regulated and competitive field of biotechnology. Veteran intellectual property litigator with proven ability to lead complex litigation. Experienced in drafting and negotiating strategic transactions. Skilled at driving multiple workstreams under time and resource pressures. Effective at mentorship and leading large teams toward common goals.

Broad exposure to biopharma subject matters such as payer reimbursement, formulary position, rebates, free goods, co-pay cards, informed consent, clinical trial practice, clinical trial results, regulatory filings, anti-kickback and sunshine laws, medical information, off-label promotion, cyber-security, HSR Act, and SEC filings and disclosures.

Work History
Head of Genetics and Human Data Law, 03/2020 to Current
Amgen Inc.City, STATE,

· Develop internal general counsel role in genomics, proteomics, i.e. ‘omics field, by acquiring expertise in scientific, compliance, privacy, regulatory and legal issues related to large human datasets

· Establish trusted relationship with independent ex-U.S. genomics subsidiary through rigorous attention to detail, learning its business, and adaptation to cultural differences

· Structure, draft, and negotiate strategic transactions

  • Act as lead representative for ten biopharma companies in drafting and negotiating with service provider for agreement resulting in generation of proteomic data, including harmonizing discordant views amongst companies and developing compromise positions for all 11 parties involved
  • Overhaul and renegotiate proteomic agreement to augment long term value of investment in collaboration by recovering substantial intellectual property and data use rights
  • Extensively negotiate with burgeoning non-profit entity for contract to enable bio-pharma industry to participate in building large scale human data health database, including education of non-profit in norms of biopharma industry and contract terms
  • Work on collaboration agreements in companion diagnostics and assay development, in addition to genomics, proteomics
  • Draft out-licenses for de-prioritized internal assets

· Assist with various capital raising transactions—Private Investment Public Offerings, Special Purpose Acquisition Company investments, Share Purchase Agreements, Initial Public Offerings

Associate General Counsel & Senior Counsel, 01/2006 to 02/2020
Amgen Inc.City, STATE,

· Led multi-billion-dollar, high-profile biotechnology patent cases— directed teams of thirty-plus lawyers defending innovator blockbuster products, including selected and guided outside counsel, developed positions and themes, built teams, managed budgets, hands-on involvement in all aspects of case from investigation through trial

  • Lead in house lawyer in case resulting in ruling of injunction against competing drug product, resulting in substantial benefit for patients and sales of implicated product

· Counseled, presented to, and collaborated with CEO Staff, commercial business units, scientists, regulatory group, operations, medical directors, and corporate lawyers on IP and related issues

· Developed freedom to operate strategy for pipeline product and assisted with patent prosecution to gain enforceable patent scope

Developed and mentored direct reports and team members to lead cases, advanced strategies, and pursue optimal outcomes for Amgen while diversifying and advancing their skillsets

Partner & Associate, 10/1999 to 12/2005
Kirkland & Ellis LLPCity, STATE,
  • Litigated cases involving patents, trade dress, false advertising, unfair business practices, breach of contract, antitrust, and consumer class actions
  • Participated in all phases of litigation—conducted infringement and invalidity analysis, managed discovery, took and defended depositions, prepared witnesses for examination, worked with experts, argued motions, drafted briefs, participated in trial
  • Trial Advocacy Prosecutor Program (pro bono)—tried misdemeanor cases for city of Hermosa Beach
  • Alliance for Children’s Rights (pro bono)—prepared guardianships, addressed follow-up family-law issues for legal guardians
J.D: , Expected in 05/1999
Columbia Law School - New York, NY,

Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

B.S: Biological Sciences, Expected in 05/1993
University of Notre Dame - South Bend, IN,

With Honors

Admissions / Additional Information

Admitted to practice in California

Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Pro Bono – Pepperdine Law School Global Justice Program

Participate in implementing plea bargaining in Uganda—interview inmates, draft plea bargain positions, partner with Ugandan advocates, law students, judiciary and prosecutors. (July 2014).

Speaking Engagements

Federal Circuit Bar Association Bench & Bar Conference, June 2018, San Diego, CA

Panelist re Biologics and the Biologics Price Competition & Innovation Act (BPCIA)

Licensing Executive Society Mid-Year Meeting, March 2014, NYC

Panelist re Strategies for Reducing the Threat of Litigation from Patent Assertion Entities

BIO Intellectual Property Counsel’s Committee Fall Conference November 2012, Charleston, S.C.

Presentation re standard of review by Federal Circuit and Supreme Court on the issue of claim construction.

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  • University of Notre Dame

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  • Head of Genetics and Human Data Law
  • Associate General Counsel & Senior Counsel
  • Partner & Associate


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