Senior Director – Intellectual Property, Licensing

NantWorks - Culver City, CA2.6

Position Summary
We are a dynamic and exciting corporate intellectual property and investment team managing multiple scientific, technology-oriented and healthcare start-ups with attention to alternative asset management and monetization best practices. In this capacity, we are looking for a motivated leader and intellectual property professional with high energy, discipline and business acumen to help us grow, consolidate and monetize our flourishing intellectual property activities.

NantWorks is seeking a highly motivated, experienced leader to serve as its Senior Director of Intellectual Property (IP), Licensing. Working with a talented team, the position will have responsibility for supporting the continued development and execution of both our offensive patent licensing and enforcement strategies as well as delivering consistent licensing revenue via initiation, negotiation and consummation of IP licensing opportunities. This is a leadership position and involves managing an expanding team of talented business, legal and intellectual property-focused professionals. This is a great opportunity to join a high producing team and to work on novel issues in an exciting, fast-paced environment.

Essential Functions
Responsible for program level client engagements and patent licensing activities across all geographies, this will include standing up a vertical-specific licensing program;
Identify licensing opportunities consistent with program goals;
Initiate, negotiate and consummate license agreements, delivering consistent results and licensing revenue;
Coordinate with VP of Licensing on IP enforcement strategy in conjunction with licensing campaigns;
Counsel on patent and related IP issues that arise in connection with M&A, commercial licensing and other transactions;
Create and advocate new IP valuation techniques based on specific situations;
Contribute to building infringement analysis and knowledge-base of future licensees, including what technologies are infringed and in which specific markets;
Help to ensure freedom to operate by minimizing exposure to third party IP.

Education & Experience Requirements
Full qualification as a European or US Patent Attorney; Juris Doctorate degree with membership in at least one state bar; 15+ years of experience building large, high value global patent portfolios and monetization programs;
Master of Science in Natural Sciences and/or Engineering discipline;
Broad and deep technology and legal expertise across multiple vertical segments; Litigation experience preferred;
Deep understanding of IP monetization strategies and alternative asset management best practices;
Extensive network of senior level industry contacts in high technology and/or biotechnology with the ability to operate at the highest level of executive management;
Experience leading, managing and growing an outbound licensing program / team;
Exceptional negotiation and communication skills with demonstrated success in closing deals.

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NantWorks, LLC, is the umbrella organization for an ecosystem of companies committed to the convergence of 21st century innovative platforms to transform how we work, live and play: NantHealth, NantOmics, NantBioScience, NantCell and its affiliate NantKwest, NantPharma, NantMobile, NantStudio, NantCapital and NantCloud. Fact-based and solution driven, each of NantWorks’ division companies operates at the intersection of innovation and infrastructure. The core mission of NantWorks is convergence and a systems approach to human biology: to develop and deliver a diverse range of technologies that accelerates innovation, broaden the scope of scientific discovery, enhance ground-breaking research, and improve healthcare treatment for those in need. NantWorks is building an integrated fact-based, genomically and proteomically-informed, personalized approach to the delivery of care and the development of next generation diagnostics and therapeutics for life threatening diseases such as Cancer, Infectious Diseases and Alzheimer's.