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Intellectual Property Counsel

| Chicago


Groupon’s mission is to become the daily habit in local commerce and fulfill our purpose of building strong communities through thriving small businesses by connecting people to a vibrant, global marketplace for local services, experiences and goods. In the process, we’re positively impacting the lives of millions of customers and merchants globally. Even with thousands of employees spread across multiple continents, we still maintain a culture that inspires innovation, rewards risk-taking and celebrates success.


The Intellectual Property Counsel will advise Groupon’s North American and global business on all aspects of the company’s brand protection and enforcement strategy, related IP issues, and associated risks. This person will collaborate and work cross-functionally across the legal department and across all business channels, including product, marketing, Groupon Goods, information security, corporate development, and other departments. This is an exciting and potentially transformational position that offers the opportunity to shape your role in an ever-changing organization.


We’re a “best of both worlds” kind of company. We’re big enough to have resources and scale, but small enough that a single person has a surprising amount of autonomy and can make a meaningful impact. We’re curious, fun, a little intense, and kind of obsessed with helping local businesses thrive. Does that sound like a compelling place to work?



  • Primary responsibility for all aspects of trademark clearance, selection, filing, registration and maintenance, including day-to-day management of an existing portfolio

  • Oversee the management and processing of all third-party IP claims, prior to litigation, for North America

  • Primary responsibility for reviewing all television, online, and print advertising for North America for IP risk

  • Refine and implement company policies and processes around vetting third-party goods for authenticity for our Groupon Goods channel

  • Counsel all business vertical, marketing, product, and engineering teams on use of third-party IP

  • Manage and partner with outside counsel to maintain highest levels of service

  • Think critically and creatively while being a trusted adviser to the business, to the Managing Counsel, Global IP, and the General Counsel



  • JD with an active bar membership

  • 3-5+ years experience at a reputable law firm and/or corporate legal department

  • Extensive hands-on experience advising clients on brand protection and enforcement strategies

  • Experience handling third-party IP claims through successful resolution and implementing appropriate anti-counterfeiting controls

  • Experience with relevant online, print and broadcast IP issues


Additional Criteria:

  • We are looking for someone that is both self-directed and highly collaborative; that can lead projects independently while effectively working with colleagues in legal and other stakeholders in a dynamic and fast-paced environment

  • This person should possess good judgment and the necessary business acumen to identify and assess risk in the context of the organization’s goals and help develop creative, business-oriented solutions to complex legal issues

  • Should be able to work on multiple matters at once, and to execute work quickly, efficiently and with excellence while meeting deadlines under pressure

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to communicate legal matters effectively at all levels and across the organization




Groupon’s purpose is to build strong communities through thriving small businesses. To learn more about the world’s largest local ecommerce marketplace, click here for the latest Groupon news. Plus, be sure to check out the values that shape our culture, guide our strategy and make our company a great place to work. And just don’t take our word for it. Hear from real Groupon team members and learn more about our employee resource groups. If all of this sounds like something that’s a great fit for you, then click apply and let’s see where this takes us.

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