Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property

| Greater LA Area
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About This Role

At Apeel Sciences, we look to nature to help the global food system improve quality, reduce waste, and ensure an abundant future for our planet. We are seeking a dynamic, collaborative, and creative attorney to develop and manage our intellectual property portfolio. You will report jointly to the General Counsel and VP of Technology and work closely with Apeel’s technology team to identify IP opportunities, assess their value, research the competitive landscape, and protect our inventions and products.

What You’ll Do:

  • Develop in-depth expertise in Apeel’s technology and products (e.g. analytical sciences, biological sciences, engineering, formulations, and software)
  • Serve as a member of the legal leadership team and as the primary legal representative for the company’s technology team
  • Develop and implement strategies for the company’s global patent and trademark portfolios
  • Provide guidance on patent strategy to groups of scientists, engineers, and product developers/managers
  • Implement processes, procedures, and policies for identifying and protecting the company’s valuable IP
  • Conduct and direct freedom-to-operate and patentability assessments
  • Prepare, file, and prosecute patent and trademark applications
  • Manage the activities of outside patent and trademark counsel and create and maintain budgets with respect to those activities.
  • Provide periodic reports regarding the company’s IP portfolio to others within the company
  • Review, draft, and negotiate various IP-related agreements

 What You’ll Bring:

  • A JD degree
  • Admission to practice law in a U.S. state, admission or registration to practice law in California, and registration to practice before the USPTO
  • An advanced degree in a technical field is required (PhD preferred)
  • 5+ years of experience in patent prosecution
  • 8+ years of total legal experience (preferred)
  • Experience in the chemical, material, biotechnology, and/or food science/agriculture industries (ideal)
  • Law firm experience (in-house experience also preferred)
  • Experience managing, building, and leveraging global IP portfolios
  • Experience managing outside counsel for patent and trademark prosecution and litigation
  • Experience reviewing, drafting, and negotiating a wide variety of IP-related commercial contracts
  • Ability to balance competing priorities and multitask in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in cross-functional teams
  • Strong client service orientation

Apeel believes that the scale of our impact is determined by the teams that work with us. As such, we seek to build high-performing teams of people from various experiences and backgrounds who can collectively push our company into new realms. We seek a diverse pool of applicants and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, ancestry, color, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, Veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status. If you have a special need or disability that requires accommodation, please let us know.

Please note that Apeel Sciences does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the event of a recruiter or agency submitting a resume or candidate without a signed agreement being in place, we explicitly reserve the right to pursue and hire such candidates without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted directly to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of Apeel Sciences.

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Location

71 S. Los Carneros Rd. , Goleta, CA 93117

What are Apeel Sciences Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga, In-office fitness classes.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 16 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Acme Co. also provides 8 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Twice per month Friday company gatherings
Parking
Pet Friendly
Acme Co.'s pet policy is dog friendly daily.
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Apeel covers a gym membership for its employees or allows them to opt out of
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like Annual individual budget for training, Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
We offer $1500 annually for continuing education.
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