2018-02-15 Waymo
Patent Counsel
Mountain View, California, United States

Waymo is the self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around. Building on software and sensor technology developed at Google, Waymo is now launching the world’s first fully self-driving transportation service that will take members of the public from A to B at the touch of a button.

At Waymo Legal, you will work on the exciting legal issues surrounding our transformational autonomous vehicle technology and help drive our business lines forward from technology ideation through scaled commercial deployment. We partner with our public policy, safety, security and privacy experts to define transportation policy for the self-driving world to come, advising on regulatory changes that support and protect our users around the world. We collaborate with our engineering, product, strategy and operations teams to develop and protect our intellectual property portfolio and drive our corporate and commercial transactions. We ensure compliance with an increasingly complex and dynamic range of global regulations. And we anticipate, mitigate, and litigate high-profile and precedent-setting legal matters.

In this Patent Counsel role, you'll:

  •  Counsel on intellectual property issues (patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright, and open-source)
  • Educate engineers and business teams on intellectual property issues, along with being able to present to engineering teams and  senior management

  • Determine strategic areas for patenting, conduct patent harvest sessions, manage invention disclosures, identify patentable subject matter, and manage a docket of active patent matters and outside patent counsel to ensure quality and timely work product. Develop macro view of the portfolio being managed and strategically prosecute patent applications to maximize value.

  • Evaluate potential IP acquisitions and licensing opportunities.

  • Review assertion letters and oversee/assist IP litigation faced by the business.

We'd like you to have:

  • JD degree. Admission to the USPTO and 5 years of relevant legal experience, including in-house experience managing patent matters
  • Must be admitted to the bar in which position is located and in good standing or otherwise authorized to practice law (e.g., have registered in-house status) in the state in which the position is located

  • Technical experience in software and hardware with experience in two or more of the following: identifying patentable technologies, patent analysis, acquisition, licensing and/or handling of third-party demands

  • Experience covering both patent prosecution and patent litigation

  • Execution-oriented with strong interpersonal, communication and team skills. Ability to present to engineering teams and senior management

  • Eagerness to work in a startup environment and flexibly roll up your sleeves as an individual contributor to help drive our fast-paced and dynamic business within a rapidly-developing and uncertain industry

At Waymo, we don’t just accept difference - we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.
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