Patent Portfolio Manager/Patent Agent ( open source, UI)

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States
Corporate Functions


Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number: 200093659
Imagine what you could do here. At Apple, new ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job and there's no telling what you could accomplish. Do you love taking on big challenges without precedent? Do you possess a deep knowledge of the legal field and a passion for innovation? We uphold Apple’s high ethical and corporate standards, as well as defend our intellectual property. You’ll help provide legal support for all our products and businesses across the globe. Working for a company that invents entire categories and industries means you’ll be challenged to creatively apply your deep legal expertise to rare and often unexplored aspects of the law. Apple is an industry leader in technology innovation and design, delivering products that customers world-wide love, including the iPhone, the Apple Watch, the Mac, the iPad, and Apple TV; and software platforms, applications, and services including iOS, WatchOS, MacOS, TvOS, Apple Music, Messages, the iTunes and App Stores, and iCloud services. Apple has over 45,000 patents and applications worldwide.

Key Qualifications

  • Registered Patent Attorney or Patent Agent with a minimum of 5 years experience drafting and prosecuting patent assets as well as developing patent strategies and conducting associated patent analysis, due diligence, transactions and licensing.
  • Open source experience is desirable.
  • Computer electronics industry experience is desirable.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Local candidates preferred.


We seek to hire a Patent Attorney or Patent Agent to assist in protecting the company’s software innovations (e.g., related to user interface and experience, operating system, application software, cloud infrastructure, and/or other server-side software and service technologies). You will work with the business to build and purposefully prosecute the associated worldwide patent portfolio and strategy. This includes identifying patentable inventions; securing high quality patents; providing technical and legal analysis; handling patent challenges; supporting patent transactions & licensing, and working with engineering and other business organizations to understand priorities and challenges. This position also includes supporting due diligence, IP enforcement, standards, open source software participation and litigation activities.

Education & Experience

USPTO Registration and BS degree required. JD preferred.

Additional Requirements