Policy Manager – Intellectual Property

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Engine is hiring for a member of our Policy Team to help formulate and communicate our positions on intellectual property policies related to technology entrepreneurship. This person will be a core part of a small team.

As Engine’s Policy Manager/Adviser, you will:

Work closely with Engine staff to develop strategy and to shape Engine’s take on patent, copyright, and trademark issues;
Monitor and provide analysis of intellectual property policy proposals and conversations that would impact the startup ecosystem;
Communicate Engine’s positions to policymakers and staff in Congress and in the executive branch, including, e.g., the U.S. Patent and Trade Office and the Copyright Office;
Work with Engine’s grassroots team to find, engage, and educate startups on emerging intellectual property issues;
Represent Engine in public and in working with allies.

The candidate:

Must have demonstrated interest in the intersection of intellectual property and entrepreneurship;
Must have 3+ years experience working with congressional offices on both sides of the aisle;
Must have 3+ years experience with copyright, trademark, and/or patent law and be willing and able to develop expertise in new policy areas with limited direct guidance;
Must be a self-starter;
Must be able to write clearly and compellingly (including in Engine’s weekly newsletters, blog posts, op-eds, social media, comments to federal agencies, letters to Congress, and research projects);
Must work well with and coordinate large coalition groups with disparate interests.


Recent experience working for a federal policymaker;
Experience navigating the U.S. intellectual property system;
Political, startup/VC, or economics experience.
Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and a resume to [email protected] Reference “Policy Manager” in the subject line.

We’re really focused on getting the right person in this role, so we’re flexible on title and experience level. The description above is written for the policy manager role. If you have more experience with the issues and policies and would like to apply, please reference “Policy Adviser” in the subject line. We’re also open to bringing the right person in at the “Policy Analyst” level, so if you don’t hit every bullet point exactly but are excited about getting startups engaged on intellectual property issues, please apply!

Tagged as: copyright, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, patent, patent reform, public policy, startups, trademark

To apply for this job email your details to careers@engine.is