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Senior Lead Counsel, Product & IP

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Remote, Florida

Job ID: R00318

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Confluent is pioneering a fundamentally new category of data infrastructure focused on data in motion. Have you ever found a new favorite series on Netflix, picked up groceries curbside at Walmart, or paid for something using Square? That’s the power of data in motion in action—giving organizations instant access to the massive amounts of data that is constantly flowing throughout their business. At Confluent, we’re building the foundational platform for this new paradigm of data infrastructure. Our cloud-native offering is designed to be the intelligent connective tissue enabling real-time data, from multiple sources, to constantly stream across the organization. With Confluent, organizations can create a central nervous system to innovate and win in a digital-first world. 

We’re looking for self-motivated team members who crave a challenge and feel energized to roll up their sleeves and help realize Confluent’s enormous potential. Chart your own path and take healthy risks as we solve big problems together. We value having diverse teams and want you to grow as we grow—whether you’re just starting out in your career or managing a large team, you’ll be amazed at the magnitude of your impact.

About the Role 

In this role, you will provide full life cycle product counseling - from ideation to end-of-life - including advising on issues relating to privacy, contractual commitments to our customers and partners, licensing, including open source, trademark, patents, communications, and contracting. You will develop a deep understanding of our product and business model to hear and answer questions that aren't asked and translate technical and security concerns into answers understandable to non-technical lawyers. To be successful in this role, you must be able to work independently, build systems and processes, and collaborate with teams and colleagues around the world.

In the legal department, we are passionate about enabling customer success, while building a strong foundation for the future. We strive to provide thoughtful and pragmatic counsel and to minimize risks as we pursue business opportunities. We thrive by working together to solve complex challenges, supporting and learning from each other, and having fun!

What You Will Do:

  • Develop playbooks, checklists, training materials and other documentation to facilitate product initiatives and to share knowledge with the legal team
  • Provide legal review and approval for all new product initiatives
  • Review marketing and other communications relating to products and services
  • Manage Confluent's growing IP portfolio, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyright, and other intellectual property rights
  • Advising the engineering and product team on open-source software use and licensing, including the implications of using, contributing, and distributing open-source code

What You Will Bring:

  • Minimum 8+ years relevant legal experience at a top law firm and/or in-house focusing on product, privacy, open source, and/or IP law
  • Strong understanding of software technology, open source software, and cloud services, associated business models, and technology industry trends
  • Technical background or a demonstrated ability to acquire deep product understanding
  • Practical experience working with business copyright and trademark teams, including working with brand and development teams to implement copyright and trademark strategies

What Gives You an Edge:

  • Experience working for an open-core company offering both on-prem and SaaS products to business customers
  • Hands-on experience working with an engineering team on software development IP issues, including open-source use and licensing

At Confluent, we are committed to providing competitive pay and benefits that are in line with industry standards. We analyze and carefully consider several factors when determining compensation, including work history, education, professional experience, and location.  This position has an annual estimated salary of $193,000- $222,000 a competitive equity package and is also eligible for additional commission and/or bonus pay. The actual pay may vary depending on your skills, qualifications, experience, and work location. In addition, Confluent offers a wide range of employee benefits. To learn more about our benefits click HERE.


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