Director, Intellectual Property

  • Santa Clara, CA, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: Legal

Company Description

Our Mission

At Palo Alto Networks® everything starts and ends with our mission: protecting our way of life in the digital age by preventing successful cyberattacks. It’s not a small goal. It isn’t simple either, but we aren’t in this for the easy answer. As a company with a foundation in challenging the way things are done, we’re looking for innovators with a dedication to best. In return, your career will have a tangible impact – one that's working toward technology that affects every level of society.

Our mission doesn’t happen by treading softly – no, it happens by defining an industry. It means building products that haven't been thought of. It means selling products with a solutions mindset. It means supporting the infrastructure of a company that moves at an incredible speed – intentionally – to stay ahead of the world’s next cyber threat.





Job Description


Your Career

Palo Alto Networks is looking for a Director of Intellectual Property that will provide Palo Alto Networks the full range of IP support to protect Palo Alto’s innovations and mitigate litigation risks.  This person will be working with cross-functional teams to implement process improvements in a fast-paced environment.

The Team

You have a passion for numbers, our organization has a passion for cybersecurity. You’re looking for a career with a more fulfilling mission. We have open positions to top talent seeking a financial challenge. Our accounting department deals with numbers daily, supporting infrastructure, dealing in automation, building solutions and providing accurate, insightful financial information to empower our business lines. The ideal candidate has exceptional skills in accounting and analytics and an innovative mindset to approach finance problems differently. Our innovation doesn’t stay in Research and Development. Within finance and accounting, we seek people who are looking to try new things, while solving business critical equations. If you’re seeking a financial challenge but with a world-wide impact – this is it.

Your Impact

  • Manage intellectual property litigation and disputes, including defining and executing strategy, reviewing all briefing and filings, preparing for depositions and working with witnesses, and determining dispute resolution approaches.

  • Develop the infrastructure and strategies to prevent IP disputes from arising or minimize risks and impact for if/when they arise.

  • Counsel management, product, and legal teams on IP matters involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, open source, and licensing.

  • Help drive the development, implementation, and management of IP strategies and programs (and related policies and procedures) to protect Palo Alto Networks innovations, achieve business objectives, mitigate risk, and reduce costs/inefficiencies.

  • Provide support and training to management, product, and legal teams on various IP subject matters.

  • Participate in invention disclosure review meetings with relevant teams, help identify inventions and develop invention disclosures, and instruct inventors on legal requirements for patentable inventions.

  • Participate in patent committee meetings for selecting new patent filings and facilitating portfolio management.

  • Help review patent applications to ensure the highest quality deliverables from both an offensive and defensive strategy perspective.

  • Effectively communicate with relevant teams to enable critical decisions on IP matters.

  • Assist in managing relationships with outside counsel and help reduce outside counsel costs while still achieving business objectives.

  • Provide support on a broad range of IP related agreements, including non-disclosure agreements, joint development agreements, and licensing (inbound and outbound) agreements. 

  • Counsel management, product, and legal teams on open source licensing, usage, compliance, and risk mitigation.






  • J.D. from a highly respected law school and admission to a state bar required

  • 10+ years experience as experience as intellectual property attorney with reputable, highly rated law firms and/or technology companies

  • In-house experience in overseeing/leading an IP team(s) preferred 

  • Significant experience in managing patent litigation and IP dispute matters, including managing outside counsel work product and litigation budgets

  • Knowledgeable in IP portfolio development and strategy, open source legal compliance and trade secret protection

  • Comprehensive understanding of intellectual property case law, rules and regulations

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and collaborative work style

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing

  • Ability to prioritize, manage multiple projects and meet deadlines

  • Effective oral and written communication skills; fits message to audience

  • Self-directed, highly motivated

  • Excellent relationship building, influencing and negotiating abilities





Additional Information

Our Commitment  

We’re trailblazers that dream big, take risks, and challenge cybersecurity’s status quo. It’s simple: we can’t accomplish our mission without diverse teams innovating, together. To learn more about our dedication to inclusion and innovation, visit our Life at Palo Alto Networks page and our diversity website

Palo Alto Networks is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity in our workplace and provide equal consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Additionally, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals. If you require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability or special need, please contact us at [email protected].

your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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