IP Manager @ Instacart - San Francisco, CA

IP Manager

Instacart is seeking a talented Intellectual Property Manager and administrator to join our team. This person will have the unique opportunity to work with an experienced IP team and support Instacart in developing a world-class intellectual property portfolio. You must have the ability to operate independently in a fast-paced environment, prioritize a dynamic and varied workload, and possess excellent judgment. You'll also need to be proactive and engaged, able to work well cross-functionally both internally and externally, excited about technology and e-commerce, and ready to roll up your sleeves and dig into tough problems!


  • Perform patent docketing and track patent prosecution deadlines

  • Prepare reports on Instacart's patent, copyright, and trademark portfolio

  • Coordinate with IP team and inventors in preparing and filing patent/trademark/copyright applications

  • Manage inventor-incentive award and recognition programs

  • Serve as the interface for patent preparation & prosecution matters with outside patent firms

  • Coordinate completion for USPTO cases of formal documents (declarations, Powers of Attorney, and assignments)

  • Coordinate with internal teams and outside counsel to ensure accuracy and completeness of patent Information Disclosure Statements

  • Support and assist IP team in conducting and overseeing outside counsel and vendors to provide trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement

  • Support domain name, trademark, and fraud investigations and other contentious actions under the direction of the IP team attorneys

  • Support Instacart's copyright prosecution and enforcement practice


  • Minimum of 3 years law firm or in-house experience as a patent administrator involving U.S. (and preferably international) patent preparation and prosecution

  • Strong organizational and time management skills with superb attention to detail

  • Comfortable having a fast-moving and heavy workload, with constantly changing priorities

  • Capacity to work under pressure and tight deadlines

  • Self-starter with ability to work autonomously to manage matters from start to finish

  • Comfortable with distributed work environments, collaborating across time zones and cultures

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Strong organizational and process-development skills