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Vice President, Intellectual Property

Company: Bloom Energy Corporation
Location: San Jose
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description:
We are looking for a Vice President, Intellectual Property to join our legal team in one of today's most exciting technologies!

This individual will report to the EVP, General Counsel and will lead Bloom's global Intellectual Property program, including managing Bloom Energy's patent and trade secret program, participating in product development activities and ensuring regulatory alignment; and negotiating and drafting IP arrangements.
Location in greater California Bay Area is preferred.

Bloom Energy faces an unprecedented opportunity to change the world and the way companies utilize energy. Our mission is to make clean, reliable energy affordable globally. Bloom's Energy Server, delivers highly reliable and resilient, always-on electric power that is clean, cost-effective, and ideal for micro grid applications. We are helping companies power their primary business without disruption or combustion. Our customers include but are not limited to; manufacturing, data centers, healthcare, retail, colleges, and more! For more information, visit www.bloomenergy.com .
-- Role and Responsibilities:
1. Participate in product development activities to make sure products meet regulatory requirements
2. Review IP provisions of contracts/agreements and draft and negotiate joint development agreements
3. Review patents of competitors, customers or vendors and offer advice to business units regarding freedom to operate / non-infringement / product design around (this is another main task of a lot of in-house IP attorneys);
4. Review outside counsel work product;
5. Coordinate monthly patent review meetings and work flow between inventors and outside counsel;
6. Answer IP questions from Bloom colleagues;
7. Educate Bloom colleagues regarding IP issues;
8. Participate in internal meetings to provide IP advice to decision makers regarding IP issues that arise during business or engineering meetings
9. Take the lead on trade secret policy and advise colleagues on what should and should not be disclosed to vendors and customers;
10. Work on open source, domain name and trademark issues; and
11. Draft about 1 patent application per month
Skills and Experience:
1. Degree in Law (JD / LLB) from an accredited law school
2. Undergraduate degree in science or engineering
3. Registration to practice before the USPTO
4. Experience practicing in-house and within a law firm as a patent attorney.
5. Experience drafting patent applications and responding to USPTO office actions, drafting patent validity and non-infringement opinions, and drafting IP agreements.
6. Some IP litigation experience would be helpful.
7. Must have a background in several of the following disciplines: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, ceramic engineering, materials science, metallurgy or physics.
About Bloom Energy:
Bloom Energy is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We are committed to compliance with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. All qualified applicants, will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability. Bloom Energy makes reasonable accommodations, consistent with applicable laws, for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified applicant or employee with a disability, who can perform the essential job functions, unless undue hardship would result

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