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Principal Corporate Counsel, AI and Intellectual Property

Company: Microsoft Corporation
Location: Redmond
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

The Open Innovation team in the Intellectual Property Group in Microsoft's Corporate, External & Legal Affairs (CELA) division has a rare and immediate opening for an experienced attorney to help counsel and shape Microsoft's products and services, as well as its strategy and engagement on a wide variety of cutting-edge IP policy issues, with a focus on IP-related issues related to data, artificial intelligence, and online platforms, both in the United States and throughout the world.

**Responsibilities**

+ Counseling Microsoft's diverse business groups on IP and related issues such as copyright, trade secret, CFAA, CDA, platform safe harbor and responsibilities, and others that impact its products and services, and creating scalable and practical solutions to help Microsoft achieve its business and legal objectives

+ Developing and leveraging expertise and knowledge on artificial intelligence and data-related IP issues to provide internal and external guidance on issues of strategic importance to Microsoft, based on a thorough understanding on the competitive, policy and legal landscape in the software, Internet and technology industries

+ Working closely with CELA colleagues in government affairs, litigation, business counseling, worldwide sales and other groups to inform and lead effective engagement on IP Policy issues of strategic importance to the company, including amicus briefs in leading cases, pending legislation, regulatory proceedings, industry coalitions and special projects

+ Engaging with relevant communities and influential voices on intellectual property, artificial intelligence and data -related issues in a productive manner that improves the IP systems to the benefit of Microsoft and its customers, the technology industry, and the public

+ The mix and balance among these responsibilities is anticipated to shift over time

**Qualifications**

+ A J.D. or equivalent international law degree and excellent academic credentials

+ An active license to practice law in a jurisdiction and capable of meeting admission requirements in Washington State

+ A minimum of 5 years as a practicing attorney, with experience in intellectual property law relevant to online platforms, technology, data and AI such as copyright, trade secret, intermediary liability, and CFAA issues impacting products and online services, developing IP policy and strategy, and reviewing legislation and strategic litigation

+ Significant in-house experience is a plus

+ Excellent oral and written communication skills, including effective and pragmatic counseling techniques to provide actionable advice to clients

+ Experience advocating before external audiences in data, AI, copyright or intellectual property areas relevant to Microsoft and the technology industry

+ Ability to collaborate effectively across groups with a sense of urgency, including the ability to influence without formal authority

+ A keen business sense, the skills to find creative solutions to legal issues, and the ability to effectively balance legal risks against business interests

+ Outstanding organizational and analytical skills

+ Innate bias for action and driving client-focused results

+ Demonstrated ability to identify and prioritize key deliverables

+ Ability to work efficiently and balance multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment

+ Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team, and possessing the ability to lead, manage and motivate others

+ Desire and ability to interact effectively with a variety of personalities across diverse internal groups, teams, divisions, and cultures

The above description is designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this position. The actual duties, responsibilities and qualifications may vary. Microsoft is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and strongly supports workforce diversity.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form (https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/accommodationrequest) .

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

Keywords: Microsoft Corporation, Redmond , Principal Corporate Counsel, AI and Intellectual Property, Other , Redmond, Washington

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