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Director, Patents at Lookout
Remote

Lookout is an integrated endpoint-to-cloud security company. Our mission is to secure and empower our digital future in a privacy-focused world where mobility and cloud are essential to all we do for work and play. We enable consumers and employees to protect their data, and to securely stay connected without violating their privacy and trust. Lookout is trusted by millions of consumers, the largest enterprises and government agencies, and partners such as AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, Microsoft, Google, and Apple. Headquartered in San Francisco, Lookout has offices in Amsterdam, Boston, London, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Washington, D.C.

At Lookout, we build amazing products that help people all over the world stay safe while using their devices (mobile and tablets and laptops) and their cloud services. Every day we're hard at work inventing new technologies and ideas that allow Lookout to be absolutely simple to use, but remarkably effective. Plus, the problems we get to work on are really fun.

The same way you might have title proving your ownership of a house or car, we care about having title to our inventions (i.e. patents). We certainly don't like the software patent shenanigans that have been going on lately, but at Lookout we're building real and valuable technology and we don't think it's fair for someone to come along and blatantly copy everything we work so hard to build. The way we use patents at Lookout helps protect our hard work and defend ourselves from frivolous lawsuits.

Patents are fun. Writing good patents is an extremely challenging, yet fascinating, problem. You need to take an invention and get to the heart of what makes it special, then figure out how to describe it in a sufficiently broad way to capture the whole invention (and not just a particular implementation) while making sure there aren't easy ways to design around it. We call it patent hacking because writing solid patents is a creative process that has a lot in common with building (and breaking) software—you need to think of all the ways you can make something work and all of the ways you can circumvent how it was designed to work. 

What you'll do:

You'll take a leadership role, working directly with the company’s Strategy, Product Management, and Engineering teams, stimulating strategic innovation, conducting ideation workshops, mining innovations and helping to build an extremely valuable patent portfolio focused on modern security for enterprises and consumers, covering endpoint to cloud. Your goal will be to help turn ideas from people throughout the company (as well as your own) into valuable patents. We’re aiming for both sustaining and disruptive innovation. You'll to help prioritize what we choose to patent, work with inventors to distill and expand their ideas, then work with our outside patent counsel firms to file robust patent disclosures and participate in the prosecution process to get high quality patents issued. Of course, while on the path of inventing the future, you'll get to play with and hack on all of the latest smartphone, tablets, and cloud technologies.  This is a non legal position reporting to the Sr. Director, Product Strategy and is not part of the legal team.

Requirements:

  • Have broad knowledge of how various types of software systems work. For example, you should have expert-level knowledge of how everything from backend web services to mobile device software and operating systems work. You probably have a software engineering background, though not necessarily.
  • Familiarity with network & security protocols, (e.g. TCP, UDP, IP, HTTP, DHCP/DNS,TLS, SAML), network-security fundamentals (e.g. Authentication, Cryptography, PKI), endpoint and cloud security basics.
  • Be experienced in the process of orchestrating patent filings and overseeing patent prosecution.
  • An excellent writer and grammarian with a penchant for clear, concise language.
  • A reductionist thinker: be able to grok a complex idea, simmer it down to its essence, and carve it up into logical pieces. Thinking in metaphors helps.
  • A synthesis approach, to combine multiple trends, problems, solutions to innovate in ways that are or may be important to the company.
  • A business background to assess potential value of new inventions to current or future endeavors
  • A hacker—you should have a mindset both of building things and trying to break them.
  • Want to make the world a better place—at the end of the day, we measure our worth by our users' effectiveness, security, privacy & happiness.

Nice to Have:

  • You may have experience as patent engineer, patent agent, or patent attorney. You may have been a system architect or product strategist. The ideal candidate combines elements of all of these.
  • Familiarity with IPfolio patent docketing and Innography patent analytics systems are a plus.