2022-05-18 Google Operations Center
Intellectual Property Counsel
Palo Alto, California, United States

About Wing: 

Wing is reshaping the future of delivery. We are an on-demand drone delivery service that can deliver food, medicine or other items within minutes. We’ve also developed an uncrewed traffic management platform to safely route drones through the sky. Our service is faster, safer and produces far less pollution than traditional delivery. Originally created in 2012 within X, the Moonshot Factory, Wing is now an Alphabet company.

About the Role: 

Wing is looking for an Intellectual Property Counsel to join our Legal Team team based in Palo Alto, California. The ideal candidate has a passion for IP, a strong patent background and proven facility with trademarks, demonstrated knowledge of industry best practices, and the ability to deliver results as part of a dynamic, cross-functional team.

What You’ll Do:

  • Implement strategies to build Wing’s IP portfolio to be a world-class drone delivery system portfolio
  • Work with inventors/engineers and outside patent attorneys, generate technology landscape reports, host invention harvest meetings, and lead patent review committees for invention quality grading
  • Review invention disclosures, patent drafts, and patent office actions with inventors and outside counsel
  • Work with outside counsel to advance Wing’s trademark portfolio and manage oppositions, build out Wing’s trade secret program, and advise on open source matters
  • Remain up-to-date on relevant industry, product, IP, and privacy laws and regulations to provide sound compliance advice regarding aviation and online products
  • Evaluate potential new markets around the world from an IP perspective
  • Provide IP-related support related to litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and a variety of technology transactions
  • Develop broad expertise across other substantive legal matters, related to or relevant for practice area and company need


  • JD or equivalent degree
  • Admitted to the bar and in good standing or otherwise authorized to practice law in the state in which the position is located
  • Registered Patent Attorney with the USPTO
  • 3+ years of combined, relevant experience in law firms and/or in-house legal departments
  • Knowledge of patent and trademark law in foreign jurisdictions (e.g., Europe and APAC Region)
  • Fluency translating legal advice into actionable guidance for innovative product, engineering and business teams
  • Experience drafting agreements or policies for open source
  • Ability to prioritize and manage projects effectively
  • Intellectual curiosity, practical business judgment and problem-solving skills
  • Operate with respect, desire to collaborate, communicate and work across time zones to get the best outcome for the company
  • Willingness to travel to Wing R&D locations


  • Experience in aviation or other technologies that combine software and hardware
  • Familiarity with cross-licenses, patent and other IP licensing transactions, patent acquisitions, divestitures, knowledge of standards bodies, and/or managing third-party patent requests
  • Open source experience
  • Growth mindset and willingness to pickup new skills as part of a small but growing legal team
  • Conversant with bespoke and third-party systems and tools (e.g., IPfolio, SimpleLegal, Innography)
At Wing, we don’t just accept difference - we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.
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