IP Attorney

South San Francisco, California /
Legal /
/ Hybrid
Brightseed is a pioneer in biosciences and artificial intelligence (A.I.) that illuminates nature to restore human health. Brightseed’s proprietary A.I., Forager®, accelerates bioactive discovery, biological validation and ingredient formulation from years to months, rapidly revealing new connections between nature and humanity. Through Forager® and clinical evaluation, Brightseed partners with organizations across the consumer health continuum to offer insight into the world of bioactives and health solutions. Visit www.brightseedbio.com to learn more.

Bioactives are small molecule compounds produced by plants, fungi, and microbes that grow in and adapt to environments that present a wide range of challenges to their survival. Bioactives also benefit the health of humans – they are the enlivening caffeine in tea, the powerful antioxidant lycopene in tomatoes or curcumin in turmeric, and they inform active ingredients in medicines like Taxol, aspirin and Metformin, the latter a first-line treatment for Type 2 diabetes derived from the French lilac flower. Science has long known that bioactives are critical to human health, yet the vast majority remain unknown and uncharted – often referred to as the “dark matter” of nutrition. Brightseed’s A.I., Forager®, discovers bioactives in nature and maps them to human health outcomes at a rate and accuracy that was previously impossible.

You are a seasoned patent attorney who is experienced in developing and executing IP strategy in the life sciences industry. At Brightseed you will team with business and technical leaders to develop and drive our IP strategy and build formidable patent and trademark estates around our AI-based platform, Forager; our portfolio of natural bioactive molecules that support human health; and our growing brand and brand assets. You will draft and prosecute patent applications, grow and maintain Brightseed’s IP portfolio, including patents, trademarks and copyrights, and implement IP policies and best practices within the company.


    • Owns and expands upon Brightseed’s IP strategy, including patent and trademark dockets, to grow and protect the value of its technology, products and brand
    • Handles all aspects of patent and trademark prosecution, including formulating strategy and executing on office action responses
    • Drafts, files, and/or manages patent applications from first provisional applications to multi-country allowances
    • Engages with outside patent and trademarks counsel to coordinate and execute patent and trademark filing and prosecution strategy, and ensures that fees and filings to maintain patents are on schedule
    • Educates team members on basics of patent law and works with R&D team to identify patentable inventions and coordinates preparation of filings and data packages
    • Supports business with IP review of contracts and related documents
    • Collaborates with partners on in-licensed patent portfolios
    • Contributes to due diligence processes by assessing third-party patent portfolios and preparing summaries and recommendations
    • Conducts or coordinates freedom-to-operate and landscape review activities


    • J.D. from an accredited law school and membership in at least one state bar
    • Registered with USPTO
    • 5+ years of experience of patent preparation and prosecution in the life sciences or biotech industries; experience in IP strategy and execution in the pharma industry a plus
    • Highly desired: MS or PhD in biological or chemical sciences or related field
    • Demonstrated success in building a strategic patent portfolio that fulfills corporate strategy and builds company value


    • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
    • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at time.


    • The salary range for this position is $217,000 - $242,000
    • Compensation for this position is commensurate with relevant qualifications and work experience, academic credentials, job related skills, employment location and other factors. 
    • More senior candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
As a lab based company, where in person collaboration is key to drive innovation, we encourage all team members to be in our office most days each week. However we appreciate and honor the need and desire for flexibility and have implemented a hybrid working model. We have a fully stocked healthy kitchen, a gym onsite, plenty of free parking, weekly team events and a state-of-the-art lab and office. 

We offer a competitive total rewards package with team-first benefits programs for full-time employees, including medical, dental and vision coverage, unlimited paid time off, life insurance, employee assistance programs, 401(k) plan, a mental health platform, employee discounts, payroll credits for cell phone and commuter costs and a paid parental leave program.

We are committed to making transformative discoveries with a team-first mentality. Successful team members are truth-seeking and trusting, with the tenacity required to trail blaze in uncharted territory. We are a collaborative team that actively seeks input and values differing perspectives. And we produce tangible results, holding ourselves accountable in the process. 

We are also committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of connectedness and inclusion. We grow and learn together, respecting professional and personal experiences, areas of expertise, and types of self expression. 

In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that each one of us brings in terms of education, opinions, culture, color, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, religion, different abilities, sexual orientation and beliefs.