Senior Corporate Counsel - Intellectual Property

Posted Jan 19
Full Time
San Mateo, California
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We are looking for an experienced intellectual property attorney to partner with teams across Snowflake to build, enhance, and run a wide range of processes to support Snowflake’s business. This is an in-person role and will report to Snowflake’s Director of Global Intellectual Property. The role can be based in San Mateo (California) or Dublin (California), with a preference for San Mateo since most of the IP group and clients are in that office.


  • Work closely with cross functional stakeholders in Product Management, Engineering, Finance, and various Legal groups to provide counseling and guidance on all aspects of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secret
  • Design and execute an IP Strategy by proactively identifying and anticipating legal risks and proposing solutions
  • Clearly articulate and communicate pragmatic advice on IP issues to senior business leaders
  • Design and launch policies and processes to streamline and address IP risk across the company
  • Work with product and engineering groups to build a world-class patent portfolio, including invention harvesting, managing U.S. and international patent prosecution, and conducting patent training sessions.
  • Manage enforcement and third party intellectual property disputes in close collaboration with the Litigation team
  • Manage and execute a brand protection strategy in close collaboration with the Litigation and Marketing teams
  • Design, communicate, and manage a forward looking budget strategy in close collaboration with Finance team and other Legal stakeholders


  • Experience with IP strategy and some experience handling third-party patent assertions/litigation, patent licensing, and M&A.
  • Knowledge of software technological areas relevant to Snowflake’s business coupled with the intellectual curiosity to learn and understand new innovations.
  • Strong patent analysis skills, including patentability and claim strategies
  • Basic knowledge of trademark clearance and prosecution (preferred)
  • Basic knowledge of open source compliance (preferred)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, in particular the ability to explain complicated concepts in easy to understand terms
  • Strong executive presence to engender confidence with executives and senior management
  • Ability to execute while navigating ambiguity across different cross functional stakeholders
  • Excellent legal and business judgment, strategic thinking, and ability to manage multiple matters simultaneously
  • Team player with a proven ability to meet pressure with aplomb
  • Hands on attitude that reflects no project is too big or too small
  • JD from an accredited law school, membership in at least one state bar, and ability to practice in California
  • USPTO registration
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience
  • An excellent sense of humor!

The following represents the expected range of compensation for this role:

  • The estimated base salary range for this role is $201,000 - $286,600.
  • Additionally, this role is eligible to participate in Snowflake’s bonus and equity plan.

The successful candidate’s starting salary will be determined based on permissible, non-discriminatory factors such as skills, experience, and geographic location. This role is also eligible for a competitive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance; 401(k) retirement plan; flexible spending & health savings account; at least 12 paid holidays; paid time off; parental leave; employee assistance program; and other company benefits.

Snowflake is growing fast, and we’re scaling our team to help enable and accelerate our growth. We are looking for people who share our values, challenge ordinary thinking, and push the pace of innovation while building a future for themselves and Snowflake.

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