Facebook Patent Counsel in Menlo Park, California


Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share, and make the world more open and connected. Through our growing family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that helps billions of people around the world connect and share what matters most to them. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to make the world more open and accessible. Connecting the world takes every one of us—and we're just getting started.


Facebook seeks a highly motivated, team player to serve as Patent Counsel. This position will help manage the patent portfolio activities for certain of our technology areas and report to an Associate General Counsel of Patents. You must have the ability to operate independently in a fast-paced environment and work proactively with various teams across the organization including Legal, Product, and Engineering. This is a great opportunity to join a growing legal team and work on cutting-edge issues in an exciting, fast-paced environment.

Required Skills:

  1. Manage patent portfolio and related activities for multiple product/technology areas, including invention identification and harvesting, invention disclosure meetings, portfolio mining, patent application preparation, and prosecution by outside patent counsel.

  2. Work with legal, product, and engineering teams to identify and protect patentable products, services, and technologies

  3. Understand Facebook’s strategic and competitive position and think at a high level about portfolio strategy

  4. Train and educate product and engineering teams in intellectual property matters

  5. Support patent licensing, acquisition and litigation activities

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. J.D. Degree (or foreign equivalent) and membership in at least 1 state bar

  2. 3+ years of patent prosecution experience

  3. Experience with web technologies, social products/technologies/platforms and/or the mobile space

  4. Eligible to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. VR/AR experience

  2. In-house portfolio building/management experience

  3. BS or MS in Computer Science or equivalent

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity: As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, Facebook is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at accommodations-ext@fb.com or you may call us at 1+650-308-7837.