IP Operations Paralegal

Legal San Francisco, California

Join us as we pursue our disruptive new vision to make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone. We are a company filled with people who are passionate about our products and seek to deliver the best experience for our customers. At Splunk, we’re committed to our work, customers, having fun and most importantly to each other’s success. Learn more about Splunk careers and how you can become a part of our journey!


As IP Operations Paralegal at Splunk, you will support the efforts of the Intellectual Property team in protecting, managing, defending, and enforcing all of Splunk’s intellectual property, including developing Splunk’s world class patent portfolio. You will have responsibility for keeping a busy IP team in the legal department of a hypergrowth software company operating smoothly and efficiently.


Responsibilities will include patent paralegal duties, such as docketing patent prosecution matters, tracking inventions and new filings, resolving invoicing and budgeting matters, coordinating work with our extensive bench of outside counsel, coordinating with inventors, managing the inventor awards program, ensuring maintenance fees and annuities are paid, generating reports on the status of IP assets, and ensuring patent applications are prosecuted timely.

You will also serve as a project manager on important IP-related projects and explore new ways to improve the processes of the IP team, including administering, improving and training others on Splunk’s proprietary and custom-developed system for managing the patent prosecution workflow. You will also be asked to support IP team with trademark filings and trademark prosecution as well as with registering copyrights.

Location: This position will be based at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, CA (SOMA) or San Jose, CA and will report to the Director of IP.

Required Qualifications

  • At least 4+ years of experience as a patent paralegal
  • Great interpersonal and follow-up skills, with the ability to work closely with and coordinate in-house counsel, outside counsel, and inventors;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Great communication (verbal/written) skills;
  • Excellent project management skills;
  • Ability to investigate new ways to improve IP processes;
  • BS/BA degree or equivalent experience;
  • Be ready to live the mantra, “work hard, have fun, make history!”

Preferred Qualifications (will consider without this experience if you have the desire to learn):

  • Experience performing paralegal duties in support of a large patent portfolio (e.g., docketing and tracking IP assets, managing an inventor awards program, tracking annuities/maintenance fees, and generating reports regarding the status of IP assets);
  • Project management experience (e.g., managing workflows, deadlines, and budgets for a legal team);
  • Comprehensive knowledge of US and PCT patent prosecution procedures;
  • Proficiency with USPTO e-filing and PAIR access;
  • PowerPoint creation and presentation skills;
  • IP litigation experience;
  • Prior experience supporting counsel with trademark filings and trademark prosecution;
  • Prior experience registering copyrights;
  • Prior experience with knock-out clearance of trademarks;
  • Comfortable in providing training on patent prosecution preferences and processes;
  • Paralegal certificate from an ABA-approved program; and
  • Prior in-house experience.

We value diversity at our company. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics in the location in which the candidate is applying.

For job positions in San Francisco, CA, and other locations where required, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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