Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract. 

As a company, we constantly challenge what’s possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations. 

We operate development centers in Plymouth, Michigan; Southern California (Irvine, Carson & LA); Silicon Valley (San Jose and Palo Alto); Vancouver, British Columbia; and Surrey, England; as well as a manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois.

THIS IS WHAT YOU'LL DO: 
 
The successful candidate will be part of the intellectual property team helping to protect company innovations and build a patent portfolio across a variety of electric vehicle-related technologies, including batteries, charging, computer electronics and software, electric motors, infotainment, self-driving hardware and software, and vehicle mechanical systems, interiors and bodies.  Responsibilities will include the following (other duties/activities may be assigned as needed):
 
  • Harvesting inventions, identifying patentable inventions, participating in deciding patentability of inventions under review, and managing the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications to review, revise, and align patent applications with business and product development direction and goals.
  • Working with engineering and business organizations to provide legal advice and align patent strategy with business goals.
  • Prepare and present training materials to business stakeholders to bolster invention disclosure, trade secret protection, and intellectual property protection efforts.
  • Develop and provide intellectual property risk assessment and mitigation strategies to business stakeholders by performing prior art searches, providing patent validity/invalidity opinions, and preparing infringement/non-infringement opinions.
  • Negotiate, draft and revise non-disclosure agreements, licensing agreements, engineering, design and development agreements, and intellectual property terms in various commercial agreements.
  • Assist with intellectual property enforcement and dispute matters including patent litigation, trade secret litigation, and administrative proceedings at the USPTO.
  • Perform intellectual property due diligence in support of mergers and acquisitions.
  • Provide legal support for information security and data loss prevention efforts.
  • Prepare and execute an intellectual property licensing monetization strategy.
 
THIS IS WHAT YOU'LL NEED: 
  • Degrees:  JD and B.S. Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering/Mechanical Engineering
  • Bar:  California Bar Preferred;  USPTO registration required.
  • Experience:  At least 8 Years preferably in Law Firm and In-House Experience combined (OEM In-House Preferred)
  • Experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in vehicle technologies including batteries, charging, computer electronics and software, electric motors, infotainment, self-driving hardware and software, and vehicle mechanical systems, interiors and bodies.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skill are required.
  • Be highly motivated with the ability to work independently, to take initiative to address problems, and to make continuous process improvements.
  • Strong ability to work effectively in a team environment and the ability to install confidence in clients and peers; excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
 
THIS IS WHERE YOU'LL WORK: 
 
Department: Intellectual Property
Location:  Irvine, CA

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