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Legal Director - Intellectual Property

Abnormal Security

Abnormal Security

United States · Remote
Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2023

About the Role

In this role, you will own the Legal components of the Abnormal intellectual property (IP) strategy and execution. You will report directly to Abnormal’s VP, Head of Legal and will partner closely with the Abnormal Engineering, Product, Marketing and Operations teams to focus on developing and driving the legal strategy for Abnormal’s IP portfolio, including patent, trademark and copyright, as well issues around IP licensing, M&A, open source, litigation, technology licensing and more. You will provide pragmatic and business-minded legal support on IP matters to stakeholders at all levels of the company, while contributing to the planning and implementation of operational processes, platforms, and tools to scale our organization and IP portfolio, as we expand globally.

At Abnormal Security we work hard to protect our customers from cyber crime. We’re building a world-class legal team to enable and support our business as we deliver cybersecurity products that make cloud office environments safer.

The Abnormal Security Legal Team adds value by showing up as strategic business partners; being great lawyers is the cost of entry, enabling business acceleration is how we become trusted partners to our internal teams and customers.

Who you are

  • A lawyer who is energized by operationalizing and executing, who has a strong capacity for running independently and empowering others

  • Exceptional patent and IP focused lawyer; comfortable independently handling challenging and complex IP-related tasks and issues

  • Team-first collaborator with a strong work ethic

  • Comfortable in high-growth and rapidly changing environments; able to perform under pressure and with fluidity as the company quickly grows

  • Clear communicator who can simplify, organize, and deliver information and advice in a way that business people can understand and act upon

  • Show up with grace, empathy, and a positive attitude no matter the circumstances

  • Strategic thinker with strong organizational skills and desire to make legal and IP related processes more efficient

  • Excellent business judgment

  • Ability to work collaboratively with global colleagues while prioritizing competing tasks

  • Client-centric and pragmatic approach to handling complex legal and IP issues

  • Committed to our core principles and mission; you demonstrate them daily

  • High level of integrity, professionalism, intellectual curiosity, sense of humor, and growth mindset

What you will do

  • In this role, you will own the Legal components of the Abnormal intellectual property (IP) strategy and execution

  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders and manage outside counsel to build and implement Abnormal’s global IP strategy, including developing and growing its patent, trademark and copyright portfolios

  • Engage in invention harvesting and patent prosecution, while ensuring strategic alignment of the portfolio

  • Manage prosecution of patent applications and other key filing obligations with the USPTO and other global institutions

  • Align Abnormal’s global trademark portfolio with business needs, including enforcement as needed

  • Guide Abnormal’s engineering and business teams through copyright issues

  • Prepare and deliver trainings on all aspects of IP

  • Provide support to legal team colleagues on IP related agreements, including working on partnerships/licensing opportunities and IP due diligence for corporate financing, M&A, and development as needed

  • Uplevel Abnormal’s open source compliance and licensing processes

Must Haves

  • At least 10 years of IP-focused legal experience, including leading IP strategy and litigation in a global law firm and/or technology company

  • Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering/science, biomedical engineering or equivalent

  • Juris Doctor degree and member in good standing of at least one U.S. state bar

  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

  • Excellent academic credentials

  • Experience in the software industry, with machine learning and AI experience preferred

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

  • Strong leadership skills

  • The confidence and ability to interact with senior executives, clients, and co-workers in a professional, collaborative, and positive manner

  • Not afraid to “roll up your sleeves” and work with details as well as the big picture

  • Demonstrated ability and strong experience with strategizing, overseeing, and managing patent preparation and prosecution of digital and software-enabled technologies

  • Strong experience with patent clearance/freedom-to-operate issues

  • Experience with negotiating technology agreements, including licenses and IP provisions

Nice to Have

  • MS degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or other related engineering field

  • Experience with big data, statistics and Machine Learning

  • Experience with algorithms and optimization


At Abnormal Security certain roles are eligible for a bonus, restricted stock units (RSUs), and benefits. Individual compensation packages are based on factors unique to each candidate, including their skills, experience, qualifications and other job-related reasons. We know that benefits are also an important piece of your total compensation package. Learn more about our Compensation and Equity Philosophy on our benefits and perks page.
Base salary range:
$176,000$207,000 USD