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. 

This is what you’ll do:

The successful candidate will be part of the intellectual property team helping to protect company innovations and intellectual property while managing intellectual property disputes. Responsibilities will include the following (other duties/activities may be assigned as needed):

  • Formulate global IP strategies, including patent prosecution, monetization and transactions
  • Draft, negotiate and advise on licensing, SaaS, non-disclosure, consortium, strategic partnership and other IP agreements
  • Advise on open-source software licensing and compliance and develop strategy
  • Provide legal counsel to ensure developed technology is compliant with applicable laws/regulations and best practices pertaining to cybersecurity, data management and privacy
  • Work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to identify trade secrets and deploy protective measures
  • Assist on a wide range of projects/issues including IP risk assessment, freedom to practice, and due diligence
  • Conduct intellectual property training with focus on IP risk mitigation and patent and trade secret protection


This is what you’ll need:

  • J.D. with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science or related field.
  • Registered to practice before the USPTO
  • At least 8 years of experience with patent prosecution, open source counseling, intellectual property transactions, licensing and monetization
  • Strong leadership and communication skills and professional judgment
  • Curious, fast learner, organized, strong oral and written communicator, and ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated experience handling complex technical, patent, trade secret and copyright related issues
  • High level of interpersonal skills including the ability to work in a team
  • Experience identifying and harvesting patentable software innovations, preferably in the automotive space
  • Knowledge and understanding of computer software, automotive, electric vehicle or charging industries and business needs is desired
  • Ideal candidate will have practical software engineering experience


This is where you’ll work:

Department: Legal

Location: Palo Alto or Irvine, CA

Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Rivian is committed to ensuring that our hiring process is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability or limitation, such as those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that requires accommodations to assist you in the search and application process, please email us at accessibility@rivian.com.


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