Trademark Paralegal

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Full-time

Company Description

We believe the economy is better when everyone has access. When everyone has room to grow. No one should be left out because the cost is too great or the technology too complex. We started with a little white credit card reader but haven’t stopped there. We’re empowering the independent electrician to send invoices, setting up the favorite food truck with a delivery option, helping the ice cream shop pay its employees, and giving the burgeoning coffee chain capital for a second, third, and fourth location. We’re here to help sellers of all sizes start, run, and grow their business—and helping them grow their business is good business for everyone.

Job Description

Square is seeking an outstanding, experienced trademark paralegal. You have a creative legal mind, an acute attention to detail, and a sense of adventure. You will play a key role in developing and providing organizational and substantive support to our trademark, copyright, domain, and larger legal teams, you will have the opportunity to build out new systems and procedures, and you will work closely with attorneys and outside counsel. This is a great opportunity to join a growing legal team and work on cutting-edge issues in an exciting environment. As we expand, your ideas and contributions will make an immediate impact.

Under the direction of counsel, you will:

  • Develop management and docketing infrastructure to track and advance offensive and defensive conflicts worldwide

  • Execute strategy and manage outside counsel in conflict matters

  • Draft cease and desist letters and submit online takedowns

  • Review international registry watch notice and performing direct investigations as needed

  • Assist in the ongoing development of trademark enforcement and prosecution best practices

  • Coordinate with the attorneys in preparing and filing trademark applications

  • Directly handle prosecution worldwide, including gathering evidence, responding to Office Actions, and registering/renewing trademarks

  • Perform trademark searches and helping to advise on the availability of new names and logos globally

  • Maintain outside counsel and vendor spend reports and track overall budget

  • Assist with IP litigation and PTAB proceedings as necessary

Qualifications

You have:

  • At least six years of trademark paralegal experience.  At least four years of technology-based in-house practice preferred  

  • A solid understanding of worldwide trademark enforcement and prosecution strategies

  • A B.A./B.S. degree or equivalent practical experience

  • An understanding of and experience in IP docket maintenance

  • The ability to work with team members at all levels, sometimes under pressure, while remaining proactive, resourceful, and efficient, with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality

  • The ability to be a great, supportive teammate and help achieve corporate team goals

  • Good communication skills

  • A passion for technology

  • The ability to work independently

  • Strong decision-making abilities and attention to detail

Additional Information

At Square, our purpose is to empower – within and outside of our walls. In order to build the best tools for the businesses and customers we support all over the world, we have to start at home with a workforce as diverse and empowered as our sellers. To this end, we take great care to evaluate all employees and job applicants equally, based on merit, competence, and qualifications. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply and always consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. Applicants in need of special assistance or accommodation during the interview process or in accessing our website may contact us by sending an email to assistance(at)squareup.com. We will treat your request as confidentially as possible. In your email, please include your name and preferred method of contact, and we will respond as soon as possible.

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