IP Counsel, Patent Litigation

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Square builds common business tools in unconventional ways so more people can start, run, and grow their businesses. When Square started, it was difficult and expensive (or just plain impossible) for some businesses to take credit cards. Square made credit card payments possible for all by turning a mobile phone into a credit card reader. Since then Square has been building an entire business toolkit of both hardware and software products including Square Capital, Square Terminal, Square Payroll, and more. We’re working to find new and better ways to help businesses succeed on their own terms—and we’re looking for people like you to help shape tomorrow at Square.

Job Description

Square is looking for an attorney with a passion for all things intellectual property to join our legal organization. 

You will, under the direction of the IP Counsel Lead:

  • Develop and execute the strategy and in running the daily operations of Square’s patent litigation and associated disputes 

  • Provide technical and strategic support for adversarial proceedings relating to other IP disciplines such as trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and domains

  • Work with Square's patent prosecution team to help build a strategic and defensive patent portfolio

  • Perform IP due diligence and advise on IP risks in M&A and other commercial transactions 

  • Develop a deep knowledge of Square’s existing and planned products, business activities, and R&D in the context of IP risks as they relate to competitor activities, industry and litigation trends, best practices, and laws and regulations

  • Be the source of knowledge on judicial and legislative developments relating to patent litigation and advise Square and the team on proactive measures relating to our IP practices


You have:

  • JD degree and membership in at least one state bar 

  • Admission to the USPTO Bar (preferred but not required)

  • Undergraduate degree in a technical field, preferably in computer science, electrical engineering, software engineering, or related fields 

  • Minimum of six years of relevant patent litigation experience, preferably with some in-house experience 

  • Well-developed skills in U.S. and international patent legal proceedings, including in-depth experience handling cases at district courts, the ITC, and at the PTAB within the US, and working knowledge of patent litigation proceedings in international jurisdictions 

  • Experience with patent portfolio development, patent prosecution, and in other IP disciplines such as copyrights, trademarks, open source, and trade secrets would be desirable

The interview process will consist of phone screens with a recruiter and the hiring manager, followed by a video interview with members of the legal team. 

Additional Information

At Square, we value diversity and always treat all employees and job applicants based on merit, qualifications, competence, and talent. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. Applicants in need of special assistance or accommodation during the interview process or in accessing our website may contact us by sending an email to assistance(at)squareup.com. We will treat your request as confidentially as possible. In your email, please include your name and preferred method of contact, and we will respond as soon as possible.


At Square, we want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes:
  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement Plans
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness perks
  • Paid parental leave
  • Flexible time off
  • Learning and Development resources