IP Counsel

Bolt Threads

A stellar IP attorney who has a broader interest in business and transactional work. At Bolt, our legal group serves an important cross-functional purpose in uniting technical and business strategy. To be successful in this role, the person should have excellent people skills and be able to communicate effectively with both the business team and our research and development staff.

This person will assist the Director and Counsel, IP and Contracts in developing and effecting Bolt’s intellectual property strategy. Ideally, this person would be able to take primary responsibility for developing our intellectual property portfolio in one or more areas of commercial development. Since Bolt is engaged in interdisciplinary work in new technology frontiers, an innate sense of curiosity and ability to quickly learn new technologies is absolutely required.

You’ll be Excited to Come to Work Because…

The Experience:

- You’ll have the ability to make a significant, positive impact on a team, a company, and the world.

- You’ll get honest feedback that’s given in the service of helping us get better at what we do.

- You’ll encounter unique (often ambiguous) challenges, and diverse teams working to solve them

- You’ll find innovative approaches to science, technology, and culture.

The Work:

- Provide counseling and internal education on patents and trade secrets ranging from day-to-day requests to company-wide trainings.

- Work with research teams to promote and develop new inventions from research projects.

- Manage and direct paralegals in docketing, filing and competitive analysis.

- Independently draft patent applications. Manage and direct outside counsel and foreign counsel to prepare and prosecute patent applications.

- Perform patent analysis for freedom to operate and invalidity analysis. Contribute to litigation and pre-litigation analysis, if needed. Perform generic legal research and assist in drafting briefs.

- Contribute to Bolt’s overall IP strategy and business aims. Maintain awareness of entire Bolt IP portfolio (including trademarks and soft IP) and contribute to other legal activities such as licensing and transactional work.

** This Team will be Excited to Have You Because You Bring...**

- JD degree and member of the State bar of California bar or another U.S. state and eligible to practice law as registered in-house counsel in California.

- At least 3-5 years of experience in patent prosecution before or after law school, preferably with some portion of that experience gained at an Amlaw 100 firm. Preference towards candidates that have some experience in litigation and/or licensing in addition to prosecution.

- USPTO registration and familiarity with international patent laws

- An advanced degree (M.S. in a field related to biotechnology, chemistry or materials science).

- Strong interpersonal skills

- Proactive and effective at time management

- Skilled at managing outside counsel and paralegals

Sounds interesting?