Faraday Future (FF) has appointed a new vice president of product, technology and intellectual property (IP) strategy who has previously spent time at both Tesla and Apple.
The company announced Monday that it has chosen to bring aboard Jeff Risher to lead FF's IP strategy and patent portfolio efforts. He brings 20 years of experience in intellectual property strategy, licensing and litigation, the company said.
Most recently, Risher served as Tesla’s chief intellectual property counsel and chief litigation counsel.
“Joining FF at this exciting stage, and in this amazing product/technology strategy role, feels like a natural evolution for me, merging my passion for technology and product innovation with my legal and IP background,” Risher said in a news release announcing his appointment. “I am incredibly proud of the companies I've been privileged to work for, and I am grateful that FF is entrusting me with this great opportunity to be a part of a new era of mobility and technology integration.
“The progress that FF already has made toward this vision with the Faraday Future FF 91 and beyond surprised and delighted me, and I will lead my teams to make sure we execute on that vision.”
In his new role, Risher has been tasked with managing FF’s overall product strategy, advanced technology adoption and strategic relationships, according to the company.
Meanwhile, prior to joining Tesla, Risher held senior legal and IP leadership roles at Apple for almost nine years.
At Apple, he served as director of patent litigation and director of patent strategy and licensing. During his time at the technology company, FF said that he oversaw and negotiated technology disputes, licensing engagements and strategic partnerships.
In addition to serving on the advisory board of several technology startups in Silicon Valley throughout his career, prior to joining Tesla and Apple, Risher has also held IP-related positions at Abbott Laboratories in Chicago and law firms Latham & Watkins and Rutan & Tucker of Southern California.