Head of IP Strategy
Employment Type: Full-Time
HEAD OF IP STRATEGYJob Description and Specific ResponsibilitiesZymergen is looking for a capable attorney to lead IP Strategy for the company. As a technology company on the cutting edge of advanced genetic engineering techniques, automation, and computation technologies, Zymergen recognizes IP as a critical value driver, and IP figures prominently in many dimensions of the company's business. The individual who successfully fills this role will be a fluid, creative thinker who is knowledgeable about the fine points of patent, trade secret, copyright, copyleft, competition, and trademark law, and is also able to leverage that detailed knowledge and the specifics of the company's IP assets into supporting higher-level business goals, positioning, and strategy. In addition to the strategic positioning of Zymergen's IP assets against its competitive and business opportunity landscapes, the role will require contributing to the execution of critical business, licensing, and corporate development transactions and development of suitable IP frameworks to support Zymergen's highly novel, differentiated business offerings.Responsibilities and Deliverables* Work closely with executives and legal department leaders on advancing a cohesive IP strategy for supporting/enhancing enterprise value, including positioning the company's IP assets for deal value, licensing impact, and protection of the company's core innovations:* Advise on strategies for maximizing defensive and competitive relevance of the company's patent claims, in view of business goals and plausible litigation and licensing use cases* Develop and advise on IP frameworks for complex deal structures, transactions, and pure licensing arrangements* Devise software IP strategy* Develop an open innovation strategy in view of company goals and its hardware, software, biological and chemical IP assets* Lead IP intelligence gathering, internal training, KPIs and reporting* Coordinate with corporate counsel and corporate development professionals on the execution of company deals involving complex IP arrangements, including customer transactions, structured joint development arrangements, and M&A transactions* Build an internal team and oversee efforts of outside counsel in connection with the above* Build infrastructure and operational capabilities in connection with the above (e.g., e-discovery preparedness, competitive intelligence functions)* Reports to Chief Legal OfficerQualifications/Experience* Must a member of the State Bar of California or another U.S. state and eligible to practice law as registered in-house counsel in California* Direct experiences overseeing IP strategy matters* Demonstrated expertise at positioning IP assets for enterprise value and leveraging IP assets for a range of corporate use cases* Demonstrated expertise at managing disputes and settlements with respect to cost, desired outcomes and risk/benefit scenarios* At least 12 years of practice experience, including at least 5 years of in-house practicePREFERENCES* Experience with wet sciences IP matters as well as hardware/software IP matters a plus* Experience working closely with scientists, engineers as well as business professionals a plusFounded in 2013 and based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zymergen is a technology company unlocking the power of biology. We deliver better economics for products made from biology that are used across industries, bring new products to market faster, and develop novel products. Our proprietary platform uses robots and machine learning to engineer microbes faster, more predictably, and to a level of performance previously unattainable. These microbes, and the products they produce, have broad applications across industries such as chemicals and materials, agriculture, and healthcare. For more information visit www.zymergen.com.