Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Relativity Space (Greater LA Area, CA)

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Company Overview:

Relativity is the first and only company to automate aerospace manufacturing by integrating intelligent robotics, software, and proprietary metal 3D printing technology. Disrupting 60 years of aerospace, Relativity offers a radically simplified supply chain, building a rocket with 100x fewer parts in less than 60 days. Our long-term goal is to upgrade humanity’s industrial base on Earth and on Mars.  


The Legal team at Relativity Space is responsible for identifying and managing risks across the organization to ensure Relativity is adequately protected through its rapid growth. Our legal team manages intellectual property, contracts, and ensuring compliance, among other responsibilitiesUnique to Relativity’s fast-paced startup environment, this team is given the opportunity to work across many teams to support Relativity's ambitious goal of building the world’s first entirely 3D printed rocket. 

What you'll do:

Our Senior IP Counsel will oversee Relativity’s intellectual property roadmap and partner closely with other teams, including Engineering & Manufacturing and Launch & Infrastructure to identify, develop and protect Relativity’s intellectual property rights. You will help support and scale Relativity’s IP efforts as we continue to develop our factory of the future, partnering closely with our engineering teams to protect the value of their innovations. We will rely on your legal judgment and expertise to help manage our IP portfolio and prosecute our IP rights. You are unafraid to help leaders and employees see the big picture, you deliver legal advice with confidence and you are comfortable advising on decisions with significant legal and commercial implications. You are willing to present creative solutions to challenges you come across and tackle tough issues, all while being driven by a strong ethical compass and legal considerations.

This role will be on site in Long Beach.

As our primary IP counsel, you will:

  • Develop and scale our invention mining and disclosure processes, conducting patent harvest sessions, and collaborating with cross-functional teams to identify patentable subject matter.
  • Actively manage and develop our patent portfolio.
  • Work closely with business development and engineering teams to develop US and foreign patenting strategy.
  • Manage our trademark and copyright portfolio.
  • Develop and manage our open source compliance program.
  • Provide strategic advice on technology and IP licensing initiatives.
  • Manage outside IP counsel to ensure quality and timely work product.
  • Train engineering and business teams on IP issues and provide counsel on IP in commercial and corporate matters, including managing third party IP risks.

What you need to know:

  • JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Admitted to and member in good standing of the California bar, or another state with ability to become registered in-house counsel in California.
  • 6+ years of relevant legal experience and admitted to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Relevant technical background or demonstrated understanding of additive manufacturing, robotics, and/or software, preferably related to AI/machine learning.
  • Experience building and managing an international patent portfolio, including developing IP strategies to support business goals.
  • Experience preparing and prosecuting patents worldwide, including patentability analysis and patent claiming strategies.
  • Experience identifying and handling trade secrets protections.
  • Knowledge of industry tools and resources.
  • Some experience assessing and advising engineering and business teams on managing third party IP risks.

Nice to haves but not required:

  • Prior experience working in a startup environment or demonstrated ability to succeed in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate effectively with engineering and business teams.
  • Experience working in the aerospace and defense industry.
  • Experience with trademark prosecution and open source compliance

Relativity Space offers competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual Learning & Development stipend and more! 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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3500 East Burnett Street, Long Beach, CA 90815

An Insider's view of Relativity Space

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our office is very interesting--from the large and colorful art pieces on the walls to the large (and small) rocket parts all over. We also have screens all over that are casting live streams of our testing and manufacturing floor. You just feel like you are seeing the future of manufacturing unfold right before your eyes.


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What is your vision for the company?

We are creating an entirely re-imagined process to iterate and scale rockets quickly, eventually helping to build the future of humanity in space.


CEO and Co-Founder

What are Relativity Space Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
We provide 5 tiers of coverage through Anthem--2 of which are almost completely free for employees.
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Relativity Space provides equity to all full time employees, vesting over a 4 year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Relativity Space offers 20 days of PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
11 holidays--federal, and company wide
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Relativity Space has quarterly off sites reviews, monthly celebration dinners, and regular social events
Stocked Kitchen
A wide variety of snacks are provided
Some Meals Provided
Weekly lunches for lunch and learn, all hands, and new hire lunches are provided
Happy Hours
Bi-weekly happy hours/socials
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Annual learning and development stipend of up to $2,000.
Lunch and learns
Every other week, we host a lunch and learn to get learn about the exciting work other teams are doing!
Paid industry certifications

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