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The IP Manager is a key hire and will work closely with technical staff and management to ensure efficient execution of the company’s patent strategy. In addition, the IP manager oversees the day-to-day implementation of the company’s invention disclosure and patent process. Finally, they will be responsible for liaising with outside counsel and licensing staff at the company’s licensors to ensure deadlines and deliverables associated with the company’s IP portfolio are met in a timely fashion.

This position is based in Ithaca, NY, a small cosmopolitan known for its beautiful gorges and waterfalls, and is home to Cornell University and Ithaca College. This position will report to the VP of Innovation.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for managing day to day tasks associated with the company’s intellectual property portfolio and invention disclosure processes
  • Reviews invention disclosures drafted by technical staff. Evaluate prior art related to disclosed inventions and works with company management to prioritize new patent filings.
  • Coordinates with outside counsel to assist in the filing of new patent applications and prosecution of existing pending applications
  • Manage reports and related deliverables associated with in-licensed intellectual property
  • Aids technical staff in understanding and following the company’s invention disclosure process

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience

  • Technical training in chemistry or chemical engineering, a Master’s degree or higher, Ph.D. strongly preferred.
  • Experience managing intellectual property matters in an academic or corporate setting
  • Familiarity with the patent process and relevant US regulations—registration as a patent agent, strongly preferred.
  • Experience with technology licensing and familiarity with related contracts.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to manage projects and track and respond to deadlines
  • Entrepreneurial attitude and willingness to execute on multiple projects and solve problems in a fast-paced start-up environment
  • Unrestricted right to work in the U.S., without need for future visa sponsorship


  • Generous paid time off package
  • Health, life, dental, and vision insurance plans
  • 401(k) plan
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Workplace perks such as snacks, coffee, foosball, & merit badge program

About Conamix:

Conamix is a team of work-hardened battery experts transforming sulfur cathodes from the out-of-reach holy-grail of lithium ion batteries into a global product with the energy, power, and cycle life demanded by the EV revolution. The company is using multiple breakthroughs in material science to unlock the potential of sulfur as an ultra-low-cost cathode for lithium ion batteries. Conamix has world class management, successful board members, and best-in-class investors.

Conamix promotes a collaborative life-long learning mindset in a space where everyone cares deeply and works extremely hard to achieve technical excellence. Our company values healthy work-life balance, professional and personal development, and data-driven R&D.

About Ithaca, NY:

Ithaca is a beautiful year-round travel destination situated in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine country. It is a quaint city nestled on the southern tip of Cayuga lake. Ithaca is known for its diverse cultural life enriched in the sciences and arts. In addition, it is renowned for its natural beauty, lakes, waterfalls, gorges, and endless hiking trails.

EEO Statement:

Conamix, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We are dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse workforce. All employment is decided on the basis of knowledge, skills, abilities, and business need.