Staff Counsel, Intellectual Property

San Francisco, CA
Full Time
Exp.: 9+ Years
About the Role:
Cruise is looking for a highly motivated team player to serve as Staff Counsel, Intellectual Property. While technical skills, experience, and knowledge are vital requisites of this role, the best candidates are personable and organized and will demonstrate the ability to act with efficiency, flexibility, and creativity for the Cruise community!

What you’ll be doing:
  • Support Cruise’s patent program by rallying engineering teams through hands-on learning about their work, inspiring them as inventors, and providing legal guidance so their ideas find success in patenting
  • Strategically facilitate patenting in key areas (e.g., software robotics) by aligning with engineering leadership and through mastery understanding of autonomous vehicle technology at Cruise and in the industry, patent landscaping, and competitive awareness
  • Manage invention intake, review, and decision communication/feedback to inventors
  • Supervise outside counsel patent preparation and prosecution and assist in managing such costs
  • Support patent strategies on externally-facing protections
  • Anticipate future legal issues and needs; proactively formulate and execute solutions to address these areas

What you must have:
  • Patent Attorney, admitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office and at least one state
  • Law Degree and Undergraduate or Graduate Degree in computer science, electrical engineering, or other related technical field
  • 9+ years legal experience
  • Both law firm and in-house experience
  • Patent preparation and prosecution expertise
  • Experience managing significant patent portfolios
  • Experience in open source, patent litigation, pools, transactions, marketplace, or standard-essential patents
  • Strong intuition for protecting against potential legal and operational disruptions
  • Understanding or propensity for understanding autonomous vehicle technology

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