Facebook Associate General Counsel, Patents in Menlo Park, California


Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. 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 empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities - we're just getting started.


Facebook seeks a highly motivated, team player to serve as Associate General Counsel, Patents. This position will facilitate freedom to operate for the Company by supporting business goals and mitigating patent risk by shaping the patent portfolio, counseling clients and supporting patent litigation, licensing and acquisitions. This position will be exposed to diverse technologies and will report to the Director/Head of Patents. 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, educate and counsel product and engineering teams in intellectual property matters

  5. Support patent litigation and licensing, as well as patent acquisitions and other IP-related transactions

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. J.D. degree (or foreign equivalent) and membership in at least one U.S. state bar

  2. BS or MS in Computer Science or another technical discipline

  3. 8+ years of patent experience

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

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. In-house portfolio development experience

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

  3. Experience with patent licensing, valuation and acquisition

  4. Experience with patent litigation or litigation support

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity: Facebook is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. 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.