Posted Jan 06

Senior Attorney - Licensing Law

Redmond, WA Full Time

The Licensing Law Group has an immediate opening for an experienced transactional attorney to join our small, but highly agile, team. As a member of the Licensing Law team, you'll enjoy a stimulating, fast-paced environment with smart and creative people, and have the opportunity to strategically impact the future of Microsoft's patent licensing business.

The ideal candidate has a passion for technology, loves providing practical business advice, and has broad transactional experience. The ideal candidate enjoys the science and art of drafting and negotiating agreements, and enthusiastically embraces the opportunity to navigate through complex challenges.


  • Draft and negotiate licensing, acquisition, divestiture and other patent-related agreements, often in a team context
  • Work with product groups to ensure Microsoft’s patent strategy is deeply integrated with its broader Mobile First Cloud First strategy
  • Support Microsoft’s licensing interests within litigation, regulatory, compliance and policy contexts
  • Work closely with a variety of internal technical, business and legal contacts and external consultants to assist in the valuation of Microsoft’s intellectual property assets
  • Counsel and educate product and business clients, and other Microsoft attorneys, about patent licensing-related issues
  • Qualifications:

  • Ability to both “think big” and be detailed-oriented is a must
  • Successful track record working in team environments with highly skilled professional colleagues
  • Excellent communications skills, a natural bias for action, and creative problem-solving skills are a must
  • Deep first-chair experience as a technology licensing attorney is required; prior patent or open source licensing experience is a plus
  • Experience with litigation, competition law, corporate law, and mergers/acquisitions is a plus
  • 10-15% domestic/international travel is required
  • Requirements:

  • J.D. (Juris Doctorate) or international law degree
  • Licensed to practice or bar membership in any state within the US
  • 10+ years of experience in support of technology-related businesses
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