Lead Patent Counsel, Reality Labs

Meta seeks a highly motivated, team player to serve as Lead Counsel, Patents. This position will facilitate freedom to innovate for the metaverse by building and shaping our patent portfolio, counseling clients on patent issues, mitigating patent risk, and supporting IP-heavy transactions, patent litigation, licensing, and acquisitions. This position will be exposed to diverse technologies and will collaborate proactively with teams across the Legal, Product, Engineering, Research, and Business Development organizations. This role reports to the Head of Portfolio Strategy, Reality Labs. This is a great opportunity to join a collaborative legal team and work on patent issues that intersect broader IP issues and business goals in an exciting, fast-paced environment.
Lead Patent Counsel, Reality Labs Responsibilities
  • Manage patent portfolio and related activities for multiple product/technology areas, including invention identification, patent committees, invention disclosure meetings, portfolio mining, and overseeing patent application preparation and prosecution
  • Manage outside counsel and service providers to support these patent-related work
  • Work with legal, product, and engineering teams to identify and protect products, services, and technologies that map to Meta’s patent strategy
  • Understand Meta's strategic and competitive position and think at a high level about patent strategy
  • Counsel and educate product, engineering teams, and other partners in intellectual property matters
  • Support IP aspects of commercial transactions, as well as patent litigation, licensing, and patent acquisitions
Minimum Qualifications
  • J.D. Degree (or foreign equivalent)
  • Active membership in at least one U.S. state bar
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • 6+ years of patent experience, including at a law firm and/or in-house experience
Preferred Qualifications
  • In-house experience, especially strategic patent portfolio development and counseling of R&D leadership
  • Experience adapting and prioritize in a fast-paced environment, maintaining big-picture focus on company goals
  • Experience in several of the following: patent portfolio development and maintenance, patent analysis, technology transactions support, patent acquisitions, patent divestiture, trade secret issues, and licensing and handling of third party demands
  • Communication, collaboration, and negotiation skills
  • Interpersonal, leadership, and team skills
  • Knowledge of physics, electrical engineering or related engineering fields, either through undergraduate degree or industry experience
About Meta
Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world. Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology. People who choose to build their careers by building with us at Meta help shape a future that will take us beyond what digital connection makes possible today—beyond the constraints of screens, the limits of distance, and even the rules of physics.
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(Colorado only*) Estimated salary of $198,000/year + bonus + equity + benefits
*Note: Disclosure as required by sb19-085(8-5-20)
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