Position Summary
Akoustis has an opportunity for an entrepreneurial intellectual property counsel with experience developing and managing an intellectual property portfolio in a global technology company. This position will report to the company’s General Counsel.

Duties and Responsibilites
The successful candidate will assume first-line responsibility (with oversight and support from the company’s General Counsel) for developing and managing the company’s intellectual product portfolio including patents, trademarks, and trade secrets, including:
    • Driving development of intellectual property, including meeting with inventors, tracking the progress of IP development, and reporting to upper-level management
    • Preparing and reviewing applications and office actions drafted by external counsel and internally as appropriate
    • Performing analysis of issued and submitted IP for patentability, validity, clearance, and other matters
    • Managing the company’s invention reporting responsibilities under U.S government contracts
    • Developing and maintaining IP development and usage guidelines and policies
    • Developing, maintaining, and implementing education and technology platforms to facilitate the development of the company’s IP portfolio
    • Reviewing and negotiating IP-related contract terms, NDAs, and similar documents
  • As a member of a small legal department, the successful candidate will be assigned ongoing duties and one-off projects in other areas from time to time depending on the candidate’s background and career growth interests. For example, assisting with strategic transactions, negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts, participating in the Board and governance process, and other areas.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • J.D. at a law school accredited by the ABA with a good academic record is required
  • Admission to at least one state bar is required
  • Admission to practice before the USPTO as patent counsel is required
  • At least eight to ten years of relevant experience as a patent counsel supporting a global technology business is required
    • Strong background in semiconductors, materials science, electrical engineering, or similar relevant arts is required
    • Experience in a hardware manufacturing industry is a plus
  • Eligibility to have access to items and technical data that will be controlled or potentially controlled under U.S. export laws and regulations, including EAR and ITAR, is required
  • Team player, flexible self-starter, and proactive problem solver who can work independently and timely seek assistance when needed.
  • Interest in developing or enhancing company policies and processes.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, work ethic, interpersonal skills, and professionalism
  • Strong office productivity skills (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite, Teams, Zoom, e-mail, and internet) required, experience with SharePoint a plus

Title and compensation will be commensurate with the skills and experience of the successful candidate. An incentive-based compensation package will consist of salary, target bonus and an equity grant.