Director & Associate General Counsel

Austin, TX
Full Time
Exp.: 10+ Years
SiFive is the leading provider of market-ready processor core IP, development tools and silicon solutions based on the free and open RISC-V instruction set architecture. Led by a team of seasoned silicon executives and the RISC-V inventors, SiFive helps SoC designers reduce time-to-market and realize cost savings with customized, open-architecture processor cores, and democratizes access to optimized silicon by enabling system designers in all market verticals to build customized RISC-V based semiconductors.

As a senior member of our initial legal team at SiFive, you will drive technical transactions while building bridges both internally and externally to impact significant business development as you design strategic partnerships and structure contracts with partners. In this broad and global role, you will be responsible for diverse projects and policies as you hone our legal framework. You will report to and work closely with the SVP Corporate Development, Strategy, and General Counsel at SiFive. You will manage and collaborate with third party firms as we deliver and align our legal function with our core business objectives. You will serve as the primary legal partner to leaders in the Product Office and emerging Business Units across Data Center, Automated Intelligence, RISC-V, and Custom SoC. You will collaborate with many business leads including product managers, engineers, and designers. As the company grows, you will be responsible for developing a team of attorneys and legal professionals.

The Challenge
  • Support the product team as the company scales globally including strategic work that may include patents, acquisitions, or licensing activities
  • Handle IP and business transactions - negotiate university, semiconductor, and other patent and technology agreements
  • Counsel in technology law – advise senior executives on technology transactions and intellectual property issues related to a wide variety of business activities and relationships
  • Draft and manage a wide-range of legal documents such as joint ventures, NDA, licenses, and contracts
  • Oversee outside counsel relationships
  • Identify requirements for and support in the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure company compliance with U.S. import and export control laws and regulations (EAR/ITAR)
  • Stay current with changes to and application of relevant regulations
  • Respond to problems using cutting edge approaches
  • Collaborate closely with other team members

  • J.D. with membership in at least one state bar
  • A minimum of ten years of legal experience, from a law firm or in-house
  • Ability to travel domestically and globally about 30-50%

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