Internal IP Attorney at Markforged

| Watertown
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At Markforged, we are on a mission to unlock the next 10x innovation in design and manufacturing. We build an Industrial 3D Printing Platform to liberate designers and engineers from decades-old, slow part creation processes. NASA, Google, Ford, Amazon, Siemens and thousands of companies in 50 countries use Markforged to print same-day prototypes and produce stronger end-use parts than they did before. With Markforged, customers are able to ship 50X faster, spend 20X less, and build products that are 23X stronger.
As the IP Manager/Counsel, you should enjoy engaging and building upon your technical education or training to identify opportunities for patent protection. You should take initiative to develop and implement patent strategies that are both cost-effective and consistent with business objectives. To do this you will be expected to work independently, with minimal oversight, to provide sound legal advice and opinions regarding patentability, infringement, invalidity, enforceability, and other types of rigorous analyses. You will collaborate with business and technology managers and mentor fellow employees about IP matters, including conducting patent training sessions on a periodic basis. Markforged is a fast growing company in an exciting technology space including electromechanical machines, robotics, sensors, materials, algorithms, furnaces and more. We welcome an Internal IP manager to own the IP process at Markforged.

In this role you will:

  • Identify opportunities for expanding the company’s IP position and work with members of various groups within the company to take advantage of such opportunities
  • Engage and counsel inventors from invention disclosure throughout the patenting process, and post-grant
  • Prepare, prosecute and manage outside IP counsel handling patent prosecution to ensure the strategy properly encapsulates the invention and conforms to the goals of the company
  • Counsel senior management on critical IP issues
  • Advise internal stakeholders and in-house counsel on IP-related contracts and agreements
  • Assist in developing yearly IP budget forecasts and in monitoring outside counsel spend and performance
  • Conduct freedom to operate and patentability assessments and monitor competitor intellectual property to mitigate risk
  • Participate in IP management and periodic patent committee review, due diligence (e.g., M&A), and third party IP watches
  • Develop and continually expand a thorough understanding of Markforged’s current and planned business activities, products, competitors, and markets
  • Provide training to engineering team on patent law and internal process and IP matters generally

What we look for:

  • 7-10 years at a major law firm (or law firm plus in-house counsel or patent office), intellectual property experience required
  • Technical background (science or engineering). J.D. from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Strong technical/analytical skills expertise in intellectual property law, combined with a practical, business-oriented and strategic approach to identifying and solving business and legal problems
  • Self-motivated, assertive and self-confident with the ability to act with urgency and passion
  • Proven ability to work with a high level of integrity, accuracy and attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and priority-setting skills in order to complete projects on-time and on-budget
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues at all levels of the organization
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for effectively interfacing with all levels of management and departments within the company
  • Proactively seek out and recommend process improvements
  • Entrepreneurial, enjoys working in a fast-paced environment

Why Markforged?

  • At Markforged, we have a culture that values learning, data-driven decision making, and prioritization
  • We learn from failure and are not afraid to keep trying after others have given up
  • We are a team of talented individuals and are looking to grow with enthusiastic individuals who share our vision of improving how the world innovates
  • We offer a competitive compensation package and a full suite of benefits, including medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 401(k), parental leave, commuter benefits, open PTO policy, and more
  • Our work environment includes casual dress, a fully stocked kitchen, bike storage, free parking, weekly catered lunches, and fitness perks

Markforged values the differences among our employees and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. These differences include but are not limited to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, or service in the military. This goal emphasizes the development of inclusive work environments that capitalize on each employee’s skills, experience, and unique perspectives as we strive to achieve an unparalleled standard of excellence.
To all recruitment agencies: Markforged does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias or Markforged employees. Markforged is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

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Location

480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472

An Insider's view of Markforged

What are some social events your company does?

Our office has periodic happy hours and company offsite parties, as well as a weekly all-hands meeting where different teams present and lunch is served.

Daniel

Content Engineer

What does your typical day look like?

Every day for me is a little different. Typically, I'd start the day by checking on the results of some multi-day experiments or pull parts out of experimental furnace runs for our metal system. Later in the day, I'd kick off the next set of experiments, which could be something like a regular print or a special furnace run.

Michelle

Materials R&D Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

We're taking risks here with new technology, and we're asking our clients and partners to do a lot of the same, but we have data that shows that it's worth it. And as we move forward, we're going to continue needing the space. Be ready to move fast, learn, and adapt to changes as they come and as we scale.

Lauren

Enterprise Business Development Representative

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

For the last hundred years, machines have been unaware of what they’re creating and would happily waste millions of dollars producing out-of-spec parts. We’re going to fix that by connecting the machines that make parts, and the ones that inspect them, with a powerful AI software.

Greg Mark

Founder and CEO

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

I think one of the most challenging things as a print systems engineer is learning all the technical and non-technical aspects of our business. We have to know a lot, kind of like a jack of all trades. We have to have our fingers on the pulse of a lot of different teams so that we have a holistic picture of what's going on.

Dalton

Print Systems Engineer

What are Markforged Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Markforged provides up to 12 weeks of parental leave to eligible employees.
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Markforged has a take what you need vacation policy.
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
We have plenty of controllers for video games - and ping pong tables in both offices.
Stocked Kitchen
Snacks, hot and cold coffee, gourmet tea selection, soda, Soylent, yogurt, string cheese, fruit and veggies!
Some Meals Provided
Markforged provides free catered lunch every Tuesday.
Happy Hours
Weekly Friday happy hours and quarterly Work Anniversary Celebrations.
Parking
Free, dedicated employee parking lots.
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Markforged offers employees professional development opportunities like The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
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Paid industry certifications
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