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Corporate Counsel, Patents

Posted Apr 01
Full Time
Sunnyvale, California


Amazon’s legal department is looking for an experienced patent attorney to support Amazon’s Devices team. If you have a passion for new technology, this is the place for you. As a member of the Devices patent team, you will directly interact with the business and technology teams to launch and protect new products and services. Responsibilities include actively engaging product managers, developers, engineers, and scientists to identify protectable aspects of their innovations; working with outside counsel on the preparation, filing, and prosecution of our growing US and foreign patent portfolio; direct client counseling regarding IP issues arising from product development and business transactions; analysis of our patent portfolio; and assessment of IP risk from third parties. The ideal candidate will become a trusted advisor to the teams building new consumer devices and related services, while helping shape those devices and experiences so that they delight millions of customers.

The successful candidate must be curious, enthusiastic about technology, enjoy working hard and being continually challenged, and demonstrate sound judgment even in ambiguous situations.

Compensation based on experience and includes equity compensation.Compensation based on experience and includes equity compensation.

Some domestic travel is required. Sunnyvale, CA is the preferred location for this attorney, but Seattle, WA will be considered.

We are open to hiring candidates to work out of one of the following locations:

Seattle, WA, USA | Sunnyvale, CA, USA

Basic Qualifications

  • ­ 5+ years of legal experience (with at least two years at a law firm) as a patent attorney
  • Juris Doctor and membership in good standing in at least one state bar
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Preferred Qualifications

  • ­ Understanding of a wide variety of technology areas including: consumer device hardware and software, server-side infrastructure supporting the same, product design, systems for managing and delivering all types of digital content, machine learning, computer vision, and wireless communications
  • Ability to manage IP related activities for many business and technology teams in different locales, including training the business on patent filing and strategy, idea harvesting, management of patent application preparation and prosecution, and assisting in patent acquisitions, licensing, litigation, and open source issues
  • Ability to work independently while being able to contribute successfully to cross-functional teams
  • Effective oral and written communication skills in communicating business and legal issues to a wide variety of audiences including developers, engineers, business leaders, and legal professionals, at all levels of the organization
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to manage multiple projects at once, follow through and meet deadlines
  • Have personally prepared and prosecuted at least 20 patent applications
  • Common sense, great judgment, and a good sense of humor
  • Admitted to the State Bar of California

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit

Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets. The base pay for this position ranges from $123,100/year in our lowest geographic market up to $229,000/year in our highest geographic market. Pay is based on a number of factors including market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Amazon is a total compensation company. Dependent on the position offered, equity, sign-on payments, and other forms of compensation may be provided as part of a total compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. For more information, please visit Applicants should apply via our internal or external career site.

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Job ID: A2534256