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Director, Intellectual Property

Bay Area: San Francisco

Our client, a rapid growing technology company, is looking for a Director, Intellectual Property for the legal team.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage all legal matters related to Intellectual Property for the company.
  • Advise on global patent and IP strategy to achieve optimal protection of the company’s business and innovations.
  • Partner with Management, Product Development and Engineering teams.
  • Develop and protect the IP portfolio, including preparing and prosecuting patent applications handle patent portfolio analysis and third-party IP risk assessment.
  • Negotiate and draft IP license and technology transactions agreements, managing the overall transaction process and collaborating with other legal and business team members.
  • Develop and advise on policies, programs, and guidelines related to intellectual property protection.
  • Work cross-functionally within the company to influence and create actionable initiatives and reduce legal risk.
  • Work closely with outside counsel as necessary.
  • Help develop and implement opensource compliance procedures.
  • Offer counseling on IP-related issues for new products and features.
  • Create policies, procedures, training programs, compliance programs and playbooks

Requirements:

  • J.D. from a top-tier law school and member in good standing of the California State Bar.
  • EE, CS or relevant technical degree a plus.
  • 8+ years of relevant experience required; law firm and inhouse preferred.  
  • Solid business judgment; ability to think strategically, leverage strong analytical skills, and confidently balance legal risks and business concerns.
  • Ability to work cross-functionally with business partners and resolve issues in a fast-paced environment.
  • Interest in supporting a successful, hyper-growth high-technology company.
  • Excellent and clear verbal/written communication skills.
  • Highly motivated, a self-starter, who is inquisitive and has a passion for technology.
  • Able to work independently, with minimal supervision, taking ownership and responsibility for identifying and completing projects.

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