Autodesk, Inc.

With Autodesk software, you have the power to Make Anything. The future of making is here, bringing with it radical changes in the way things are designed, made, and used. It’s disrupting every industry: architecture, engineering, and construction; manufacturing; and media and entertainment. With the right knowledge and tools, this disruption is your opportunity. Our software is used by everyone – from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists. We constantly explore new ways to integrate all dimensions of diversity across our employees, customers, partners, and communities. Our ultimate goal is to expand opportunities for anyone to imagine, design, and make a better world.

Position Overview:

As Legal Counsel, Intellectual Property, you will play an important role in enabling Autodesk’s success by providing expertise and counsel on intellectual property matters, protecting the intellectual property assets essential to Autodesk’s success, and guiding business strategy and operational decisions in line with intellectual property laws and best practices. Reporting to the Director and Senior Intellectual Property Counsel and collaborating closely with your legal and business colleagues, you will provide legal support for Autodesk’s trademark, copyright, open source and confidentiality programs.


  • Develop a deep understanding of Autodesk’s business strategy and products
  • Work closely with the Autodesk IP team to develop and execute on Autodesk’s intellectual property strategy
  • Partner with Autodesk business teams and outside counsel to support and grow Autodesk’s trademark and copyright programs
  • Advise and support the broader Autodesk legal team on trademark and copyright matters
  • Collaborate with outside counsel to manage cease & desist, offers to license and other pre-litigation IP enforcement matters
  • Create, enhance and continuously improve internal training programs to build general awareness of the importance of intellectual property and to drive best practices to both
  • leverage and protect those assets
  • Exercise excellent legal judgment and extraordinary communication skills to provide practical, clear, and concise counsel

Minimum Qualifications:

  • JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school; member in good standing of at least one state bar (CA preferred)
  • 2-4 years experience in the areas of trademark and copyright law (with at least 2 years at a law firm)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated business acumen: You see the “big picture” as well as the relationship of very detailed and specific legal and business issues
  • You are a self-starter, but also seek guidance when appropriate
  • You are intellectually curious and love learning something new every day
  • You minimize complexity and use common sense to solve problems in the most efficient way, while also never losing sight of the law and best practices
  • You actively seek differing perspectives to create more powerful outcomes
  • You are comfortable interacting warmly and professionally with everyone from senior executives to interns — you recognize that you don’t know everything and can learn from anyone
  • You hold yourself and others accountable and you welcome feedback
  • You are committed to personal and professional growth
  • You are passionate about making a positive impact

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Prior experience with trademark prosecution and enforcement
  • Prior experience advising on copyright matters, including licensing, fair use, DMCA and open source software
  • Superior presentation skills and a love for teaching others about intellectual property in ways that are creative, engaging and impactful.