Lead - Intellectual Property

Posted on: 25 May 2022

Company Overview

The Supplant Company is a University of Cambridge start-up, a graduate of the Y-Combinator accelerator program, and is backed by major VCs in the US and Europe. We are an innovative and dynamic ingredient company, creating products to address major health and environmental challenges in the global food system as well as the wider consumer goods and materials sectors. Based on our proprietary carbohydrate platform, we are developing ingredients that are better for people and the planet.

Job openings


  • Work with the CSO, CEO and external patent attorneys to develop and implement the Company’s intellectual property strategy.
  • Manage communications with and help direct the activities of outside counsel.
  • Assist in the preparation, filing and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications, including the preparation of arguments in response to office actions.
  • Work with R&D to identify and assess the patentability of new inventions; assist in drafting and reviewing related invention disclosures.
  • Review and prepare freedom-to-operate opinions in collaboration with outside counsel in relation to new product ideas and developments coming from the R&D group.
  • Provide periodic training to Company employees regarding the protection of intellectual property.
  • Maintain, update and set policies & systems for internal management of intellectual property.
  • Review and propose IP expenditure as part of the budgeting process. Manage IP budget.
  • Combine legal and technical knowledge with business understanding in order to provide high-level guidance. Assist with corporate work and other tasks, including reviewing contract clauses related to IP rights and contribute to preparation of investor materials.


  • A Ph.D. in a life science discipline, preferably in plant biochemistry, industrial biotechnology or bioorganic chemistry.
  • Experience in a laboratory setting with a developed understanding of empirical validation of scientific concepts as well as have a strong understanding of the scientific and technological fields that the Company works in.
  • A desire to communicate scientific concepts and data in writing exemplified by having several 1st author scientific papers in high ranking journals and / or demonstrable experience in patent drafting.
  • Some formal intellectual property training, including knowledge of the patent system in the UK, EU and USA, would be useful, but not essential.
  • Ability to develop strategic and tactical plans necessary to provide strong IP positions for the Company’s technology/products and clearly articulate these to senior management.
  • Experience in patent searching using various free (google patents, USPTO) and subscription-based tools (e.g. PatSnap, PatBase, Derwent, etc.), and the subsequent review of results, is desirable but not essential.
  • Extremely thorough and detail-oriented. Evidence of organizational, planning, multi-tasking, and prioritization skills in order to meet strict deadlines.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and strong analytical and problem identifying/solving skills.
  • Ability to accurately and effectively express yourself in writing and orally.
  • Conscientious, self-motivated and diligent. Work professionally and confidentially with sensitive material.
  • Strong work ethic and a team player.


  • Competitive salary (£48,000-55,000 for the right candidate, dependent on experience) plus options package.
  • Full-time – 37.5 hours / week (Monday – Friday, 09:00 – 17:30). This role is amenable to hybrid working.
  • Company pension scheme.
  • Work on the prestigious Cambridge Science Park.
  • We look to grow our employees with the business.