IP Counsel, (Trademark, Copyright, and Brand)

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time
  • Alternate Location: Atlanta, United States

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 attorney with a passion for all things intellectual property to join our IP team.  You will join a sub-team of brand-protection IP attorneys and paralegals who protect Square’s brand and manage Square's trademark, copyright, and domain portfolios. 

This position will report to the trademarks, copyrights, and domains lead and can be remote or based in any of our physical offices.

You will: 

  • Manage Square’s brand protection and enforcement matters, including litigation, oppositions, and cancellations

  • Draft clearance opinions for new names and logos and help shape Square’s brand strategy

  • Develop trademark filing strategies and manage prosecution 

  • Counsel internal legal, marketing, sales, and product teams on brand protection issues

  • Direct outside counsel on non-Patent IP issues worldwide

  • Help with M&A due diligence


You have:

  • JD degree and membership in at least one state bar

  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience, preferably with some in-house experience 

  • Well-developed skills in U.S. and international trademark clearance, counseling, prosecution, and enforcement

  • Experience with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy, IP transactions, advertising, marketing and promotions matters, preferably with copyright and right of publicity experience as well 

  • Excellent communication skills 

  • Deep understanding of social media and internet platforms

Additional Information

We’re working to build a more inclusive economy where our customers have equal access to opportunity, and we strive to live by these same values in building our workplace. Square is a proud equal opportunity employer. We work hard to evaluate all employees and job applicants consistently, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class. 

We believe in being fair, and are committed to an inclusive interview experience, including providing reasonable accommodations to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. We encourage applicants to share any needed accommodations with their recruiter, who will treat these requests as confidentially as possible. Want to learn more about what we’re doing to build a workplace that is fair and square? Check out our I+D page

Additionally, we consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment on our team, and always assess candidates on an individualized basis.


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

Square, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) builds tools to empower businesses and individuals to participate in the economy. Sellers use Square to reach buyers online and in person, manage their business, and access financing. Individuals use Cash App to spend, send, store, and invest money. And TIDAL is a global music and entertainment platform that expands Square's purpose of economic empowerment to artists. Square, Inc. has offices in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Norway, and the UK.

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