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Senior Counsel
Intellectual Property
Confirmed live in the last 24 hours
Austin, TX, USA • Remote in USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
  • Minimum of 15 years of substantive intellectual property experience with a corporate legal department or law firm
  • Experience in preparation and prosecution of patent applications is a basic requirement. Member of Patent Bar and technical degree or relevant technical experience preferred
  • Practical experience working with business copyright and trademark teams, including working with brand and development teams to implement copyright and trademark strategies
  • Hands-on experience with engineering team on software development IP issues, including open source use and licensing
  • Demonstrated involvement with developing and implementing trade secret programs, policies, and processes and integrating these with the overall IP strategy
  • Leadership role with IP litigation and dispute resolution
  • Practical business judgment and excellent communication skills
  • Willingness to work outside of your comfort zone in a rapidly evolving and growing start-up environment
  • Sound, practical business judgment to your legal recommendations
  • Creative problem solver
  • Proven track record of learning quickly, taking initiative, being resourceful, and taking on additional responsibility
  • Law degree (J.D.) from ABA-accredited institution and active membership in at least one US State Bar
  • Experience/familiarity with Slack, Apple MacOS and GSuite
  • Managing Circle's growing IP portfolio, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyright, and other intellectual property rights
  • Actively partnering with business and engineering teams on patent strategy and prosecution
  • Advising on IP-related commercial agreements
  • Assisting with IP due diligence and deal negotiations in strategic transactions and mergers & acquisitions
  • Defending Circle in any IP dispute
  • Advising the engineering team on open source software use and licensing
  • Provide leadership to Circle on important intellectual property issues in emerging blockchain and crypto-markets
  • Multistakeholder - you have dedication and commitment to our customers, shareholders, employees and families and local communities
  • Mindful - you seek to be respectful, an active listener and to pay attention to detail
  • Driven by Excellence - you are driven by our mission and our passion for customer success which means you relentlessly pursue excellence, that you do not tolerate mediocrity and you work intensely to achieve your goals
  • High Integrity - you seek open and honest communication, and you hold yourself to very high moral and ethical standards. You reject manipulation, dishonesty and intolerance

201-500 employees

Platform for businesses to accept payments and send payouts
Company Overview
Circle's mission is to raise global economic prosperity through programmable internet commerce. The company is a global financial technology firm that’s at the center of digital currency innovation and open financial infrastructure.
  • Paid time off - We offer flexible paid time off — take what you need as long as it works with you and your team, and all Circle employees get mobile phone and home office reimbursements.
  • Health coverage - No matter where you live, we offer a market competitive suite of benefits. Enroll in health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurances, and Circle covers some or all of the premiums.
  • Invested in your future - All U.S. full-time and part-time employees enjoy 401(k) and pensions (with 4% company match if you contribute 5% or more), and share Circle’s success via company equity awards.
  • Learning & development - Your individual growth and development is important to us and we provide the resources to help you grow your career while at Circle.
Company Values
  • We are Multistakeholder - As an institution, we exist in a broad stakeholder context, which means that we must organize, incentivize and measure ourselves against meeting the needs of all of our stakeholders — our customers, our shareholders, our employees and families, our local communities and our world.
  • We are Mindful - We seek to be present and aware, to be respectful, active listeners (with each other and with our customers alike), and to pay attention to detail. We don’t rush to judgement, and when we are swept up by strong emotions we patiently observe and acknowledge them and try to not just react. Our mindfulness leads to better understanding, and more respectful, careful and deliberate choices.
  • We are Driven by Excellence - We are driven by our mission and our passion for customer success. Being driven also means that we relentlessly pursue excellence, that we do not tolerate mediocrity, that we reward based on merit, and that we work intensely to achieve our goals. Being driven doesn’t mean that we are assholes and plough over people or tolerate a culture of aggressiveness. We are a team. Part of our drive is to bring everyone along in our collective achievement.
  • We are High Integrity - We seek open and honest communication, and hold ourselves to very high moral and ethical standards. When we say we will do something, we do it. When we are having difficulty and need help, we talk about it. We treat each other and our customers with the utmost respect. We reject manipulation, dishonesty and intolerance. We welcome vulnerability and uncertainty, which needs to be listened to in order to bring people along, and helps us to constantly learn and improve. Our customers and partners implicitly experience us as high integrity, and our customer centric choices demonstrate this to them again and again.