Managing Patent Counsel, Software

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


Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number:200141820
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
  • 8+ years drafting and prosecuting patent assets, managing portfolios, developing patent strategies, conducting patent analysis, and providing support for standards, transactions, and litigation efforts
  • Management experience preferred
  • Experienced in protecting software technologies
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing


We seek to hire a Patent Attorney to lead Apple’s software patent team, and work with the team to protect Apple’s software innovations. You will work with the business and the software patent team to build and purposefully prosecute the associated worldwide patent portfolio and strategy. This includes identifying patentable inventions; securing high-quality, strategic patent assets; providing expert technical and legal analysis; handling patent challenges; providing mentorship in support of patent transactions and licensing matters; handling work performed by outside law firms; and working with engineering and other business organizations to understand priorities and challenges. This position also will provide cross-functional support for acquisition due diligence, IP licensing, enforcement, standards, and litigation activities.

Education & Experience

USPTO registration, JD degree, and BS degree in engineering or physics required.

Additional Requirements

  • 8+ years of relevant experience at a top law firm and/or in-house legal department.