Who we are:

Argo AI is in the business of building self-driving technology you can trust. With experienced leaders in the field and collaborative partnerships with some of the world’s largest automakers, we’re building self-driving technology that is engineered to scale globally and transform mobility for millions. 

Talented individuals join our team because they share our purpose to make it safe, easy, and enjoyable for everyone to get around cities. We aspire to impact key industries that move people and goods, from ride hailing to deliveries.

Meet the team: 

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)

What we offer you:

  • High-quality individual and family medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Competitive compensation packages
  • Employer-matched 401(k) retirement plan with immediate vesting
  • Employer-paid group term life insurance and the option to elect voluntary life insurance 
  • Paid parental leave 
  • Paid medical leave
  • Unlimited vacation
  • Complimentary daily lunches, beverages, and snacks
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Monthly wellness stipend 
  • Professional development reimbursement
  • Employee assistance program
  • Discounted programs that include legal services, identity theft protection, pet insurance, and more
  • Company and team bonding outlets: employee resource groups, quarterly team activity stipend, and wellness initiatives

Our Background:

Argo AI was founded in late 2016 by industry experts with extensive experience building robotic systems for commercial applications. Our once-small team has since grown into an over 1,000-person strong company with strategic partnerships with two of the world’s leading automakers: Ford and Volkswagen. Our self-driving system is the first with commercial deployment plans for Europe and the U.S., and thanks to an ability to tap into both automakers’ global reach, our technology platform has the largest geographic deployment potential of any self-driving technology to date.

At Argo AI, we believe that embracing differences delivers superior results. We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to an inclusive environment for all employees.

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