IP Counsel

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 product and seek to deliver the best experience for our customers. At Splunk, we’re committed to our work, customers, having fun, and supporting each other's successes. Learn more about Splunk careers and how you can become a part of our journey!

Job Description

As Intellectual Property Counsel at Splunk, you will help the company continue to build a world-class patent portfolio protecting Splunk’s trailblazing innovations emerging from our market-leading and ever-expanding range of products and solutions for gaining and acting on operational intelligence from machine generated big data for applications such as IT infrastructure performance, cybersecurity, business analytics, and IoT.


  • You will collaborate with the internal product development, product management, and product marketing teams to identify and prioritize patentable inventions;
  • You will supervise outside counsel in the preparation and prosecution of high-quality patent assets, providing technical, legal, and strategic input to ensure overall work quality;
  • You will assist in implementing processes to scale the IP program
  • You will develop and advance the company's IP strategy

While the focus of this role is on patent-portfolio development, you may also participate on an as-needed basis in counseling on other aspects of IP (including trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets), acquisition due diligence, evaluation of third party patent assertions, patent enforcement, patent litigation, and patent licensing.

This position will report to the VP, Intellectual Property. It will be based at Splunk's headquarters in San Francisco, CA.


  • At least 6 years of experience building robust patent portfolios to protect innovation, including preparing and prosecuting high quality software patents
  • J.D. degree.
  • Admission to a State Bar
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Deep experience with patent protection for computer software
  • Specific experience with search technology, GUIs, cloud architectures, cybersecurity, IT infrastructure monitoring, IoT, and business analytics are pluses
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proven ability to write well
  • Team focused and collaborative
  • Attorneys looking to transition from a law firm position to an in-house role are highly encouraged
  • Patent litigation experience a plus but not required.
  • Be ready to live the mantra, “work hard, have fun, make history!”

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 you are 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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