Argo AI was founded to tackle one of the most challenging applications in computer science, robotics and artificial intelligence with self-driving vehicles. Argo AI is developing and deploying the latest advancements in artificial intelligence, machine learning and computer vision to help build safe and efficient self-driving vehicles that enable these transformations and more. The challenges are significant, but we are a team that believes in tackling hard, meaningful problems to improve the world. 

We are building a high-performance team that is excited by complex engineering challenges and is passionate about making transportation safer, more affordable and accessible for all.

As part of the expanding Legal Team, you will provide support to the technology-minded and growth-oriented Office of the General Counsel. Argo Legal Team’s goal is to deliver value to the business by focusing on speed of delivery, pragmatic application of law, and building relationships within the company.  

What you’ll do: 

  • Be part of the intellectual property team working closely with business and engineering teams, as well as senior management, to provide legal support on patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and related licensing matters including the registration, use and exploitation of new and existing domestic and international intellectual property portfolios to ensure that Argo successfully protects its brands and products
  • Provide advice, draft, and negotiate key IP contract clauses in agreements including indemnification, ownership, & licensing
  • Prepare, and manage outside counsel in preparing, patent claims to cover Argo technology and counsel on IP strategies
  • Conduct prior art searches, and draft and counsel on novelty, clearance, and non-infringement opinions
  • Provide legal support on trademark, domain name, copyrights, designs and related licensing matters, including the registration, use and protection of Argo’s brands in the US and overseas
  • Work with engineers and managers throughout the development process and provide advice to ensure that Argo technology is clear of existing competitive intellectual property
  • Direct and manage trademark proceedings, including oppositions & cancellation actions
  • Advise on non-compete, copyright, and trade secret laws and practice. Work together with other members of the Legal team to prioritize items, highlight emerging issues, and train members of the business and engineering teams
  • Supervise, negotiate, and draft various IP agreements, including, joint development agreements, technology transfer agreements, patent and trademark license agreements, and confidentiality agreements
  • Assist business development efforts in IP due diligence activities for M&A transactions and guidance for the successful licensing or acquisition of intellectual property from third parties
  • Manage a fast-paced, diverse workload

What we’re looking for:

  • Juris Doctor degree
  • Admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Registered to practice at the USPTO
  • Minimum four years of experience with the above competencies working in a law firm or in-house setting
  • Experience in advising clients, including senior managers, on the patentability of inventions, infringement of patent rights, and validity of patents
  • Ability to work effectively with inventors to develop a solid understanding of inventions and identify inventions and developments eligible for patent protections and licensing/exploitation
  • Successful track record of working closely with cross-functional leaders on developing and implementing a global intellectual property strategy
  • Familiar with Markman hearing, discovery proceedings, clearance, and IP related motion practice and filings
  • Proficient in patent preparation, filing, and prosecution, including post-grant proceedings
  • Have a working knowledge of all aspects of USPTO practice and with international IP, PCT, and foreign filing practice and procedures
  • Demonstrate attention to detail, accuracy, thoroughness and ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Experience with routine corporate agreements, e.g., confidentiality, non-disclosure, marketing, co-development, university, etc. with the ability to draft and negotiate marketing, software and related licensing contracts
  • Experience prosecuting trademarks and patents before the USPTO, as well as domestic and foreign counseling and portfolio management and administration
  • Experience in advising clients, including senior managers, on the patentability of inventions, infringement of patent rights, and validity of patents
  • Ability to work effectively with inventors to develop a solid understanding of our technology and further identify inventions and developments eligible for patent protection and licensing/exploitation
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to effectively manage paralegals
  • Strong sense of ownership and ability to work independently
  • Collaborative team player across all levels and functions
  • Strong problem solving and negotiating skills  
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to travel to all Argo AI offices
  • EE/CS/CE undergraduate / graduate degree preferred
  • Proficient in Google Documents, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and patent docketing software (e.g., Anaqua, CPI, PatSnap or similar systems)

At Argo AI, we have a strong emphasis on creating a highly effective team environment. Thus, we seek candidates that can work effectively with others across a broad range of disciplines.

Argo AI is an equal opportunity employer that believes in diversity as a strength and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

We know it takes competitive benefits to fuel a team that works hard and enjoys the challenge. At Argo AI, you can expect stellar perks to support your best self:

  • High-quality individual and family health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Competitive compensation packages
  • Employer-matched 401(k) retirement plan
  • Paid parental leave
  • Unlimited vacation
  • Daily catered lunches and snacks
  • Free onsite or adjacent parking
  • Commuter reimbursement
  • Fitness reimbursement
  • Professional development reimbursement

Argo AI is a LinkedIn Top 50 Startup

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