Corporate Counsel, Patent


Indiana - Indianapolis Remote

Full time


May 6

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Salesforce is looking for a talented patent attorney who is passionate about technology to help build the Salesforce and Slack patent portfolios! Our innovative technology and rapid growth will raise difficult questions without obvious answers, so we need someone agile who can provide fast counsel on a broad array of patent and IP questions. The ideal candidate will have 5-8 years of IP legal experience focused on patents and will have the following skills:

  • Patent Prosecution
  • Patent Litigation and/or Litigation Support
  • Strong Technical Background
  • Open Source Experience
  • Superior Analytical Skills


  • Patent and Technology Licensing
  • Standards Organizations
  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Copyright (both Software and Content)
  • Trademarks
  • Confidentiality
  • Investigations

Salesforce has consistently been rated as one of the top innovative companies by Forbes. The successful candidate’s duties will include managing the Salesforce/Slack patent portfolio to ensure that we protect our developers’ innovations. While we don’t do in-house prosecution, we actively engage in harvesting and shaping our patent portfolio to provide strategic value to the company. At the same time, the successful candidate will be actively involved in patent analysis for handling patent assertions and responding with appropriate counter-assertions. Additional duties will include helping with open source initiatives, participating in patent licensing, consulting with our Commercial and Product teams on technology licensing and indemnification issues, and more.

The successful candidate will have the ability to team well with others and thrive in an environment that is constantly changing and can prioritize and re-prioritize based upon the needs of the business. Creativity in finding solutions to achieve customer success is highly valued. Excellent verbal and written communication skills along with the ability to work independently while demonstrating sound business and legal judgment are key to success in this job. Patent bar admission and familiarity with key cloud technologies and the legal issues that arise from the use of those technologies are considered a plus but are not requirements.


  • Manage prosecution and use of patents relating to the company's Web-based, on-demand application service technologies; maintain technical understanding of the company's research and development initiatives; help develop and implement the company's overall patent strategy; help implement the company's open source initiatives; analyze adversely held patents; investigate and resolve confidentiality matters; and supervise outside patent counsel.
  • Opportunities depending upon experience to assist Senior Counsel with trademark, false advertising and unfair competition claims; patent acquisitions; inbound and outbound software, application service and intellectual property license agreements with vendors, partners and customers.

Desired Skills/Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree in technical major such as electrical engineering or computer science or relevant technical experience required
  • Law degree from ABA accredited law school required for attorney applicants
  • Admission to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office preferred but not required for the right candidate. Attorney applicants should be admitted to at least one state bar.
  • 5-8 years of relevant experience, preferably with a combination of patent prosecution and litigation experience
  • Familiarity with software development and copyright law as it applies to software development and distribution
  • Significant experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications relating to software and Internet technologies; familiarity with database concepts, Web services, security, Web apps, user interfaces, API’s, big data and analytics, and other Internet technologies is required
  • Transactional experience is beneficial.
  • Familiarity with a variety of portfolio management tools
  • Familiarity with international patent prosecution and litigation
  • Familiarity with common issues for IP and standard setting
  • Patent Litigation or Patent Litigation Support
  • You use Slack and love emojis
  • Eager to chip in wherever and whenever help is needed. Good at building authentic relationships with all kinds of people across many functional teams
  • Creatively uses IP to solve client problems

For Colorado-based roles: Minimum annual salary of $150,200. You may also be offered a bonus, restricted stock units, and benefits. More details about our company benefits can be found at the following link:


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