Director, Intellectual Property

Redwood City, CA
Full time
Do you want to be part of an exciting company dedicated to solving the greatest challenge humanity faces? Then Impossible Foods is the place for you.

Impossible Foods was founded in 2011 to create a truly sustainable global food system by inventing an efficient, sustainable way to transform plants into irresistibly delicious, nutritious food -- food that delivers all the pleasures and nutritional benefits consumers demand, without the destructive environmental impact. Our first product, the Impossible Burger, was introduced by top chefs to the world and is currently available at over 5000 restaurants across the United States and abroad.

We are seeking a new Director, Intellectual Property to join our world-class legal team. This is a critical position that will oversee the IP strategy for the company both domestically and abroad.

You Will:

    • Manage a build a world-class intellectual property portfolio, including through the preparation, filing, and prosecution of patent applications relating to the company‚Äôs food science innovations.
    • Oversee strategy for protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights around the globe.
    • Ensure best practices with respect to inbound and outbound licensing.
    • Conduct validity and non-infringement analyses, patent searching, third-party patent portfolio assessments, freedom to operate analyses, and due diligence.
    • Advise on intellectual-property aspects of corporate partnerships and acquisitions.
    • Manage relationships with external counsel.

You Have:

    • J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school and registration to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
    • A minimum of 7 years of relevant experience at a major law firm and/or an in-house IP department with a demonstrated history of success; prior in-house experience is strongly preferred.
    • Significant experience in life sciences and/or biotechnology patent preparation, prosecution, and portfolio development.
    • Familiarity with both U.S. and non-U.S. IP rules, regulations, and procedures.
    • Fluency in non-patent IP matters and strategic issues.