Job Opening: Director, Patent Reform Project

Position Summary: The Director of the Patent Reform Project will manage a program that will 1) increase public and policymaker awareness about the need for significant reform of the US patent system; 2) seek to change the jurisprudence around patent law by participating as amicus curiae in key patent cases; and 3) develop and seek legislative and policy changes that will improve patent quality.

This position offers the right individual the opportunity to become a recognized public interest advocate on one of the most important current policy issues affecting innovation, consumer welfare, and an open internet.

Position Status: Full-time

Location: Washington, DC

Reports to: Public Knowledge General Counsel

Essential Duties:

  •  Convene and work in coalition with various stakeholder groups to develop priorities and strategies to achieve patent reform and to implement those strategies;
  • Make the case for patent reform by gathering existing research and commissioning new research;
  • Work with Public Knowledge’s General Counsel and legal team to select “impact” patent cases in which to file amicus curiae briefs on behalf of Public Knowledge and its public interest allies;
  • Work with Public Knowledge’s communications and campaign teams to develop communications and campaign strategies around patent reform intended to educate and activate the public and policymakers;
  • Meet with key policymakers at the White House, the US Patent & Trademark Office, the US International Trade Commission, Congress, and elsewhere to change attitudes about the need for patent reform;
  • Monitor, and if necessary participate in, the implementation of those parts of the America Invents Act that affect patent quality and efforts to reform the US International Trade Commission; and
  • Work with technologists on private ordering efforts to improve patent quality and reduce abuse in the patent system.


  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in patent law or policy, preferably including patent prosecution or litigation
  • J.D. from an accredited law school
  • Admission to the bar
  • Demonstrated interest in public interest law and policymaking
  • Policy experience preferred
  • Technical or science background a plus
  • Admission to the patent bar a plus
  • Desire and ability to be a public speaker and advocate on behalf of patent reform
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Proven ability to work independently
  • Ability to work in partnership with industry and non-profit organizations
  • Ability to produce high‐quality results on tight deadlines and with little oversight
  • Ability to work quickly in time‐sensitive situations
  • Capacity to create and recognize media opportunities

Compensation: Public Knowledge provides competitive compensation, excellent benefits, and opportunities for professional growth.

To Apply: Send a resume including salary history; cover letter stating your interest in Public Knowledge; and two writing samples (max. 5 pages each) to:, with the subject line “Patent Director.”

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until January 22, 2018; open until filled.