Senior Legal Counsel, Patents

Austin, Texas, United States
13 days ago


At PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), we believe that every person has the right to participate fully in the global economy. Our mission is to democratize financial services to ensure that everyone, regardless of background or economic standing, has access to affordable, convenient, and secure products and services to take control of their financial lives.

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Job Description Summary:
PayPal's Legal Team is looking for an experienced and dynamic patent attorney to join its Intellectual Property team to help build and shape its patent portfolio, counsel clients, and mitigate IP-risks. You will partner with business units and attorneys across PayPal to capture innovation and build our IP portfolio, assist in refining PayPal's patent strategy, and work closely with outside counsel to manage patent preparation and prosecution. This position reports to the Senior Director, Head of Intellectual Property.
Job Description:
• Manage the patent portfolio and perform related activities across various product and technology areas, including invention identification, invention disclosure meetings, and strategic portfolio assessment
• Oversee day-to-day worldwide patent prosecution and post-allowance efforts including continuations and international counterpart applications
• Collaborate with outside counsel to manage the preparation and prosecution of PayPal's domestic and international patent assets
• Work closely with other IP attorneys in the research, review, and analysis of patent ideas
• Engage and collaborate with PayPal's global legal, business, and engineering teams to identify and protect products, projects, and services
• Prepare and provide trainings and other presentations for internal stakeholders on IP issues
• Drive special projects, including establishing strategies, guidelines, processes, and procedures, to enable the IP legal team to provide best in class service to its partners

Required Skills/Experience
• JD degree with excellent academic credentials
• USPTO Registration with degree in engineering or computer science (or USPTO registration and substantial real-world software / engineering experience)
• 5+ years of patent legal experience in a law firm or corporate environment
• Prior in-house patent experience preferred, but not required
• Experience in preparing and prosecuting domestic and international patent applications and providing patentability, validity, and infringement assessments.
• Patent litigation experience a plus, but not required
• Must be a skilled oral and written communicator
• Creative and analytical thinker with strong problem-solving skills and capable of dealing with complex subject matter
• Familiarity with, and strong interest in, PayPal, e-commerce, emerging payment technology and the payments industry
• Must be able to balance legal risks with business objectives in providing holistic advice
• The ideal candidate should have knowledge of PayPal's products and services
• Prior experience in the financial services industry is a plus
• Strong project management skills, well organized, with the ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously
• Team oriented, strong ethics and integrity, sound judgment, and ability to concisely identify solutions addressed to multiple needs

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PayPal has remained at the forefront of the digital payment revolution for more than 20 years. By leveraging technology to make financial services and commerce more convenient, affordable, and secure, the PayPal platform is empowering more than 400 million consumers and merchants in more than 200 markets to join and thrive in the global economy. For more information, visit

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Job Information

  • Job ID: 64053994
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas, United States
  • Position Title: Senior Legal Counsel, Patents
  • Company Name For Job: Paypal
  • Job Function: Other
  • Job Type: Full-Time

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 325 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic par...

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