IP Counsel

Department: Intellectual Property Counsel

Req ID: R30243

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IP Counsel

  • Ft Lauderdale, Florida, United States
  • Burlington, Massachusetts, United States
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
  • Full time

Citrix builds the secure digital workspace technology that frees 400,000 customers to do their very best work from anywhere. By joining our award-winning workplace, you’ll be included in the globally diverse, collaborative team that values work-life balance. Come see why Fortune named us one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For®. Let’s innovate and grow together!

What we're looking for:

As IP Counsel, you will have an intellectual property law background, with significant experience in a variety patent related matters. You will be encouraged to proactively engage with customers and successfully communicate legal mentorship to accomplish strategic IP initiatives in furtherance of our company goals.

Position Summary

Primary responsibilities for this position include patent portfolio management, patent prosecution management, and invention harvesting. This position also requires a willingness to perform secondary responsibilities in relation to other IP activities, such as IP monetization, merger & acquisition (M&A) projects, patent litigation campaigns, and open source initiatives.

Primary Duties / Responsibilities

  • Assist with portfolio management, including invention harvesting initiatives, IP training activities, and supervision of outside counsel in patent application preparation and prosecution
  • Provide legal support related to IP licensing and monetization campaigns by assisting with in-bound and out-bound transactions, and draft and negotiate intellectual property transactions including patent sales, acquisitions, and licensing; patent pool and standards agreements; and university collaboration agreements
  • Conduct due diligence concerning intellectual property aspects of M&A activities
  • Provide supervision and provide mentorship to outside counsel related to patent litigation campaigns
  • Provide counseling on open source licensing initiatives, and in particular, advice and mentorship related to open source software code compliance, strategies projects, and community engagement approaches
  • Travel as needed to Citrix offices, customers, and licensees worldwide


  • Knowledge and experience in patent prosecution, particularly in virtualization, networking, workspace, analytics, endpoint management, and content collaboration technology spaces.  Experience with machine learning and artificial intelligence is a plus
  • Experience conducting freedom-to-operate, patentability, and infringement analyses is also a plus
  • Experience with negotiating sophisticated agreements, including software licensing and IP development and patent monetization agreements is helpful
  • Familiarity with U.S. federal and state laws and international IP laws
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; an ability to work as part of a team and with remote clients; and an ability to work with outside counsel, customers, and partners, as well as, internal departments and customers, including engineers and other legal team members
  • Familiarity and experience with IP systems, such as docket management, invention management, and patent analytics systems

Preferred Qualifications

  • IP licensing experience, preferably in IP monetization is helpful
  • Software or related engineering degree required.  Candidates without a technical background or with only litigation or licensing experience will not be considered
  • Software development or engineering industry experience

Basic Qualifications

  • JD and license to practice.  Must be in good standing with one or more states
  • Registration to practice before the United States Patent Office
  • 2-4 years of patent prosecution experience


Functional Area:


Intellectual Property Counsel

What you’re looking for:
Everyone is welcome at Citrix. We prioritize diversity, equity, inclusion, and a culture of belonging, and celebrate bringing our courageous, authentic selves to work. We believe this way of working helps us innovate, and it’s just one of the reasons why our employees continuously recognize Citrix as a great place to work.

Citrix helps make work more sustainable to benefit the planet, our business, and our communities. For more than 30 years, we have empowered individuals and organizations to work remotely or work from anywhere, reducing commuting emissions and energy consumption in the process. 

We are the #1 leader in Virtual Client Computing (VCC) and #2 in the Application Delivery Controller (ADC) space, and we have key partnerships with top cloud providers. We’ll give you the tools, learning opportunities, mentorship, and flexibility to achieve your goals. Come see why you belong at Citrix, with our culture supporting purposeful innovation and growth from within. 

The Benefits
We offer a competitive total rewards package* that includes:

  • 18 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Health and wellness benefits
  • Employee assistance program
  • Retirement benefits
  • Education assistance
  • Time off and absence programs
  • Professional development and mentorship opportunities
  • Paid volunteer time and charitable matching of employee donations
  • Employee resource groups
  • And more!

**Please note that benefits may vary based on location.

Citrix Systems, Inc. is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to compliance with all federal, state and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, religion, genetic carrier status, disability, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, marital status, protected veteran status and other protected classifications.

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