Sr. Counsel - Patent and Trademark

| San Francisco, CA, USA | Remote
Employer Provided Salary: 135,150-278,000 Annually
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About Pinterest:  

Millions of people across the world come to Pinterest to find new ideas every day. It’s where they get inspiration, dream about new possibilities and plan for what matters most. Our mission is to help those people find their inspiration and create a life they love. In your role, you’ll be challenged to take on work that upholds this mission and pushes Pinterest forward. You’ll grow as a person and leader in your field, all the while helping Pinners make their lives better in the positive corner of the internet.

Creating a life you love also means finding a career that celebrates the unique perspectives and experiences that you bring. As you read through the expectations of the position, consider how your skills and experiences may complement the responsibilities of the role. We encourage you to think through your relevant and transferable skills from prior experiences.

Our new progressive work model is called PinFlex, a term that’s uniquely Pinterest to describe our flexible approach to living and working. Visit our PinFlex landing page to learn more. 

As Senior Counsel - Patent and Trademark you will be responsible for managing and protecting the company’s intellectual property assets, including patents and trademarks, and managing Pinterest’s program to protect third-party IP, including its IP notice-and-takedown program.  You’ll work closely with cross-functional partners in Engineering, Product, Content, Trust & Safety, and Legal to develop and implement strategies to safeguard our inventions and brand-identity.

What you’ll do:

  • Develop strategies to protect the company’s intellectual property assets, including patents and trademarks, in alignment with and in furtherance of the company’s business goals. 
  • Oversee the company’s patent portfolio, including drafting, filing, and prosecuting patent applications to protect inventions.
  • Manage the company’s trademark portfolio by setting strategy for conducting clearance searches, filing trademark applications, and enforcing trademark rights against infringement.  
  • Provide support to internal and external litigation counsel on patent and trademark threats and filed litigation, including negotiating and drafting agreements related to intellectual property, such as licensing agreements and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Advise company stakeholders on intellectual property matters, providing training sessions, and raising awareness of the importance of IP protection.  
  • Conduct intellectual property due diligence for mergers, acquisitions, and other transactions to assess risks and opportunities related to patents and trademarks.  
  • Manage the company’s IP notice-and-takedown program, including setting IP protection policies and daily support to Pinterest’s global IP Operations team.  

What we’re looking for:

  • Qualified to practice law in the U.S. state where you reside.  
  • At least 5+ years of post-qualification experience counseling on patent and trademark issues.  
  • Experience with patent and trademark litigation preferred.
  • Exceptional judgment and impeccable integrity with excellent communication and client-service skills.
  • Eagerness to learn with a strong desire to embrace an entrepreneurial, flexible, and collaborative working style. 
  • Experience leading and multitasking on competing projects and priorities in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Our PinFlex future of work philosophy requires this role to visit a Pinterest office for collaboration approximately 1x per quarter). For employees not located within a commutable distance from this in-office touchpoint, Pinterest will cover T&E. Learn more about PinFlex here.


Relocation Statement: 

  •  This position is not eligible for relocation assistance. Visit our PinFlex page to learn more about our working model.



At Pinterest we believe the workplace should be equitable, inclusive, and inspiring for every employee. In an effort to provide greater transparency, we are sharing the base salary range for this position. The position is also eligible for equity. Final salary is based on a number of factors including location, travel, relevant prior experience, or particular skills and expertise.

Information regarding the culture at Pinterest and benefits available for this position can be found here.

US based applicants only

$135,150$278,000 USD

Our Commitment to Diversity:

Pinterest is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best qualified people in every job. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic under federal, state, or local law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you require an accommodation during the job application process, please notify [email protected] for support.

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