Senior IP & Product Counsel

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Mountain View, San Francisco

Are you a lawyer looking for a fun and rewarding challenge? We are a company dedicated to fostering the value of the internet as a global public resource, through a wide variety of products, including the Firefox web browser.  As our first dedicated IP counsel you will get to design and implement a shared vision to protect and foster IP innovation from the unique viewpoint of a transparent, participatory, and open source project. You’ll get to do a little bit of everything: from representing Mozilla externally at industry organizations, advising our internal product teams, managing an IP portfolio, and amplifying our positions through blogs and filings.


In your role, you will:

  • Develop strategy for the Mozilla Open Software Patent Initiative and oversee patent prosecution in collaboration with outside counsel
  • Work with our engineering and product teams to identify protectable innovations
  • Manage trademark clearance, prosecution, permissions, and enforcement in collaboration with outside counsel, community stakeholders, and marketing
  • Design and launch brand clearance processes and open source licensing best practices
  • Create and execute vision to further Mozilla’s position as a leader in open source
  • Represent Mozilla legal externally at global standards bodies
  • Oversee IP related litigation, impact filings, and risks  
  • Manage DMCA takedown and trademark policies and procedures
  • Engage cross-functionally across Mozilla with engineering, product management, business development, PR, community leaders, developers, and marketing on product related legal matters

Minimum qualifications:

  • D. degree and membership in a state bar with good standing
  • 6+ years as an attorney at a law firm and/or in-house legal department
  • Substantial patent experience
  • Substantial open source experience

Preferred qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or computer science (or equivalent experience)
  • High fluency in Internet technologies and software development
  • Trademark prosecution or litigation experience
  • Patent prosecution or litigation experience
  • Product counsel experience
  • Experience with standards organizations

About Mozilla

Mozilla exists to build the Internet as a public resource accessible to all because we believe that open and free is better than closed and controlled. When you work at Mozilla, you give yourself a chance to make a difference in the lives of Web users everywhere. And you give us a chance to make a difference in your life every single day. Join us to work on the Web as the platform and help create more opportunity and innovation for everyone online.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Level: P3