Patent Paralegal

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Square builds common business tools in unconventional ways so more people can start, run, and grow their businesses. When Square started, it was difficult and expensive (or just plain impossible) for some businesses to take credit cards. Square made credit card payments possible for all by turning a mobile phone into a credit card reader. Since then Square has been building an entire business toolkit of both hardware and software products including Square Capital, Square Terminal, Square Payroll, and more. We’re working to find new and better ways to help businesses succeed on their own terms—and we’re looking for people like you to help shape tomorrow at Square.

Job Description

Square is looking for an outstanding patent paralegal who has a creative legal mind, a willingness to get deep in the weeds, and a sense of adventure. You will provide operational and substantive support to our small but mighty patent legal team.

You will, under the direction of IP Counsel: 

  • Perform global patent docketing and docket management

  • Perform global annuity program management

  • Support the ongoing development of patent preparation and prosecution best practices and procedures                                                     

  • Coordinate with patent portfolio managers and inventors in preparing and filing patent applications                         

  • Perform patent searches to help advise on the patentability of new ideas                                                         

  • Monitor law firm expenses and reporting against patent budgets

  • Provide procedural guidance to law firms and managing guideline documentation

  • Manage foreign filing decision programs 

  • Manage inventor-incentive award and recognition programs


You have:

  • At least 3+ years of patent paralegal experience. AB.A./B.S. degree or equivalent practical experience                                                 

  • An understanding of patent docketing and annuity practices in jurisdictions where Square operates (in particular, the United States and Europe)                

  • A familiarity with worldwide patent prosecution and portfolio management strategies 

  • Experience with Foundation IP and CPA Global a plus

  • Experience with patent docket management platforms, annuity platforms, and office productivity software (in particular, G Suite tools)                                                                                               

  • A passion for technology!

Additional Information

At Square, we value diversity and always treat all employees and job applicants based on merit, qualifications, competence, and talent. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of 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) 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.


At Square, we want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes:
  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement Plans
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness perks
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid time off
  • Learning and Development resources