Intellectual Property Attorney

Apply Now


Put your experience in intellectual property and commercial licensing to work providing legal counsel and support in patent, copyright, trademark, and other key IP areas. This is a challenging opportunity to provide guidance in all areas of law affecting Esri’s business activities.


  • Provide legal counsel, guidance, and support, primarily in the area of patent law and secondarily in the areas of intellectual property law (e.g., trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets) and complex IP licensing arrangements 
  • Assist technical and business teams by answering patentability questions, securing invention disclosures, assisting with inventor interviews, assisting in the drafting of provisional patent applications, assisting outside patent counsel with patent prosecution, assisting in patent infringement matters and prior art research, preparing freedom to operate analysis reading documentation, and providing risk assessment and conflict resolution
  • Assist with IP due diligence review for mergers and acquisitions 
  • Develop, draft, and negotiate contractual/licensing terms and conditions 
  • Handle OSS/FOSS licensing review and third-party acknowledgement 
  • Maintain agreements and contractual relationships for software licensing and development with business partners and other strategic business relationships


  • Degree in Computer Science, Geography, or related sciences, experience with software programming and related programming languages
  • JD or LLM from an ABA accredited law school 
  • Admittance and licensed in good standing before California State Bar or other state bar and registered to practice before the USPTO in patent matters 
  • 5-7 years of relevant legal experience in a private practice law firm or in-house counsel position
  • Expertise in commercial software licensing T&Cs 
  • Solid business acumen and judgment, attention to detail, and the ability to isolate issues for escalation 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills for working with all levels of management and staff in a variety of Esri departments and with third-party vendors and licensees

Recommended Qualifications

  • Domestic and international distribution and software licensing experience 
  • Familiarity with antitrust, export control, M&A, and managing litigation support efforts 
  • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills as well as the ability to manage multiple projects with various clients at the same time

About Esri

Our passion for improving quality of life through geography is at the heart of everything we do. Esri’s geographic information system (GIS) technology inspires and enables governments, universities, and businesses worldwide to save money, lives, and our environment through a deeper understanding of the changing world around them.

Carefully managed growth and zero debt give Esri stability that is uncommon in today's volatile business world. Privately held, we offer exceptional benefits, competitive salaries, 401(k) and profit-sharing programs, opportunities for personal and professional growth, and much more.

Esri is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this e-mail address.

#LI- JH2

Apply Now