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Job Description Summary:

PayPal’s Intellectual Property Legal team is seeking to add even more experienced, highly engaged and dynamic patent strategy and trade secrets counselors who have experience enhancing highly strategic and targeted IP protection efforts with a litigation mindset.

Job Description:

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Leverage deep knowledge of PayPal’s technology landscape, and the Internet, software and fintech markets to improve patent claim quality and applicability in a hands-on manner;     
  • Hands-on, proactive, strategic mining of patent claims crafted on specific technology features of third parties;
  • Utilize deep understanding of defensive and offensive patent utilization strategies to prepare evidence of use and infringement charts in a hands-on manner;
  • Contribute to an existing prosecution docket, with an emphasis on continuations and patent mining; and
  • Sound decision making experience to pursue IP protection as a patent or as trade secret.
  • Effectively implement trade secret policies and practices.     

Job Requirements

  • Experience protecting technology innovation utilizing patents and trade secrets;
  • Deep understanding of defensive and offensive patent utilization strategies;
  • Deep knowledge of Internet, payments, fintech and software technologies relevant to PayPal’s business ecosystem, whether from previous legal or technical experience;
  • Excellent patent analysis abilities, including development of non-infringement/infringement, invalidity/validity and deep hands-on understanding of claim construction considerations;
  • Deep focus on preparing claim charts for prosecution of continuation claim sets and to establish evidence of use assessments;
  • Self-direction, initiative and ownership to drive projects to completion in hands-on manner; 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to foster trust and respect and to create friendly and collaborative internal working relationships with internal clients;
  • Superb organizational skills and attention to detail, including the ability to prioritize and multi-task and keep everything going smoothly without dropping any balls;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentations to senior business, technology and legal personnel;
  • Openness and willingness to learn;
  • Business acumen; and 
  • Some travel.

Basic Qualifications

  • J.D
  • Member of at least one state bar. 
  • Undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics or the equivalent. 
  • 5 years of combined experience in patent and trade secrets protection, and IP litigation.
  • U.S.P.T.O membership preferred, but not required.
  • Some prosecution experience preferred, but not required. 



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San Jose, California, United States of America

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Juris Doctorate or Equivalent

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