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Senior Patent Counsel

Job Type: Full time
Company/Firm: Zynga
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date posted: 09/21/10
Salary: Salary dependent on experience
Job Description:

Zynga is looking for a highly qualified Patent Counsel for its rapidly growing legal department. This position will report to the General Counsel. You will be Zynga’s fifth lawyer and the tenth member of the legal department. This position will provide comprehensive intellectual property legal services to various groups across the company, but will primarily interact with our studios and operations and business development teams. This person will render legal advice and support in matters covering a broad spectrum of intellectual property subjects, including acquiring and protecting intellectual property rights, drafting and negotiating intellectual property related agreements, and evaluating and advising on third party intellectual property rights.


Evaluate new products and processes to determine patentabilitySupervise outside counsel in the drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applicationsIdentify existing IP that may be subject to filing of patent applicationsAssess and advise on liabilities, legal restrictions and risks of third party IP rights and proposed IP transactions, including the preparation of freedom to operate opinionsAssess and advise on possible infringement of Zynga’s IP rights by third partiesSupport IP related litigation and dispute resolutionDraft, negotiate, interpret and advise on IP related agreements

Required Skills:

Team attitude that no job is too big or too smallComfortable working in the fast-paced, high activity environment of a rapidly-growing Internet start-up7+ years IP experience, including both patent prosecution and IP agreement experienceLicensing and in-house experience is preferredTechnical background in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or computer engineering a plusExcellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively work with various business and technical personnel at all levels within ZyngaAttention to detail and ability to work independently are a mustAbility to handle ambiguity, juggle many tasks at once and quickly shift from one situation or task to anotherMust be a member in good standing of the California BarAdmitted to the USPTO

We are a fast-paced technology company connecting millions of friends through games everyday. At Zynga, you will find smart, creative people who are passionate about taking on new challenges. Whether you are a developer, designer, or a customer service manager, there’s an opportunity here for you to level up and be your own CEO. For more information, please visit our website: .

This position is located at our headquarters in San Francisco Competitive salary, equity, and 401(k)We provide full benefits: dental, vision, healthcare, and even free gym membershipDelicious lunch and dinner every day!

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