IP Counsel

New York City, NY
Finance – Legal /
Full-time /

OXMAN is a hybrid Design and R&D company that fuses design, technology, and biology to invent
multi-scale products and environments. The fusion of disciplines within our work opens previously
impossible opportunities within each domain—allowing design to inspire science and science to
inspire design.

At OXMAN, we question dominant modes of design that have divorced us from Nature by prioritizing
humanity above all else (human-centric design). Although it is design that has caused this rift, we
believe that design also offers the greatest opportunity to heal it.

We propose a Nature-centric approach that delivers design solutions by, for, and with the natural
world, while advancing humanity. In this pursuit, we reject all forms of segregation and instead call for
a radical synergy between human-made and Nature-grown environments.

This approach demands that we design across scales for systems-level impact. We consider every
designed construct a whole system of heterogeneous and complex interrelations—not isolated
objects—that are intrinsically connected to their environments. In doing so, we open ourselves up to
moving beyond mere maintenance of Nature toward its advancement.


OXMAN is seeking a highly motivated self-starter Intellectual Property (IP) Counsel to support our
OXMAN R&D function. We are looking for someone who shares our mission and is committed to its
success, is passionate about building world-class processes, is comfortable collaborating as part of a
team, communicating directly with senior leaders, and working independently. This hands-on person
is a key member of the team and will be responsible for IP procurement, enforcement and competitive
analysis. This individual will work with and advise internal members at all levels of R&D and business
leadership on various IP matters. The IP Counsel will be responsible for leading the strategic
management of intellectual property matters for the company including management of the global IP
portfolio, overseeing landscape and freedom to operate analyses, supporting global IP litigation
activities, advising internal groups on IP matters, and evaluating external IP opportunities.

The ideal candidate will offer 5+ years of work experience excelling in high-growth, fast-paced
professional environments, along with strong communication skills, extraordinarily high level of focus
on work quality and attention to detail, adaptability, and an ability to work self-directed and

Core responsibilities

    • Collaborate with research and product development teams to identify and capture high value innovation and identify the best forms of IP protection for such innovation.
    • Manage internal and external resources for the preparation, filing, prosecution, strategy and management of U.S. and international patent and trademark portfolios.
    • Partner with R&D and commercial business units as an IP generalist, including monitoring and analyzing competitive intellectual property and product offerings, coordinating patent landscape searches and analyses, and supporting broader corporate IP awareness through IP training.
    • Draft, review, and revise intellectual property related agreements.
    • Setting and implementing a patent strategy for OXMAN's innovations in line with OXMAN business priorities and goals.
    • Personally author patent applications and responses to patent office actions. Interacting with patent offices throughout the world to strengthen and accelerate the issuance of OXAMN's patented innovations.
    • Supporting IP litigation, licensing and commercialization activities.
    • Supporting competitive intelligence and monitoring activities.
    • Providing other IP support as needed.

Qualifications & competencies

    • Minimum 5 years of professional experience.
    • J.D. from an accredited law school.
    • Admitted to a US state bar and USPTO registration in good standing.
    • Strong industry or patent law experience in one or more of the following fields of biology, engineering, robotics, plant sciences, material science, chemistry, or design.
    • Experience with patent preparation and prosecution experience preferred.
    • Experience working at a top law firm and/or as in-house counsel.
    • Experience in licensing, post grant proceedings and/or litigation in the above disciplines.
    • Experience working with universities for sponsored research and licensing.
    • Strong project management and organization skills, meticulous attention to detail.
    • Independent, self-directed, highly motivated, intellectually curious, and driven to take initiative.
    • Excellent, clear, and tactful written and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Proactive in identifying solutions to potential problems.
    • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment.
    • Commercial instinct and ability to perform under pressure and tight deadlines.
    • Strong commitment to the team; maintains positive working relationships with diverse people, including internal team and external partners.
    • Embodies ethics, confidentiality, and integrity in all work, respecting both company and broader community policies in all conduct.
OXMAN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic
information, or any other legally protected characteristics.

NYC Salary Range: $150,000-$250,000

Salary is based on a number of factors including job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and other business and organizational needs. Our compensation package also includes variable compensation in the form of year-end bonuses, benefits, immigration assistance, and equity participation.