IP Manager


About The Position

  • Develop and oversee the Company’s intellectual property strategy.
  • Primary responsibility for managing communications with, and directing the activities of, outside counsel; actively assist in preparing, filing, and prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications, including preparing arguments in response to office actions.
  • Provide guidance to senior management on licensing and business transactions involving intellectual property; including ability to prepare the patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions in collaboration with outside counsel, as necessary.
  • Work with R&D to assess the patentability of new inventions; assist in drafting and reviewing related invention disclosures.
  • Review and prepare freedom-to-operate opinions in collaboration with outside counsel, as necessary, in relation to new product ideas and developments coming from the R&D group.
  • Propose and execute strategies for protection of Company intellectual property.
  • Provide periodic training to Company employees regarding the protection of intellectual property.
  • Advise senior management on any new laws, regulations or statutes affecting the Company’s intellectual property.
  • Manage the IP budget.


  • Scientific/Engineering education background, preferably in electro-optics or electronics
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience managing the preparation and prosecution of patent applications and the conduction of patentability and freedom-to-operate searches, either in a private organization, technology transfer office or academia.
  • Ability to develop strategic plans necessary to provide a strong IP position for the Company’s products and clearly articulate those plans to senior management.
  • Independent and self-motivated, with a strong sense of urgency and ability to drive a project to completion.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills – must be able to communicate clearly both within the organization and externally to drive projects forward.
  • Highly effective analytical and problem-solving skills, including excellent attention to detail.
  • Collaborative personality with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Must be fluent in written and spoken English.

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