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The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switch™ system and the Nintendo 3DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold billions of video games and hundreds of millions of hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS™ family of systems, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™, Wii™, and Wii U™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Americas.

Nintendo is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a welcoming and inclusive environment in service to one another, our products, the diverse consumers we represent, and the communities we call home. We do all of this with kindness, empathy and respect for each other


  • Manage outside counsel in all facets of complex litigation, with an emphasis on IP litigation

  • Negotiate and resolve patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret non-litigation disputes.

  • Manage trademark opposition matters

  • Manage domain name disputes, including those conducted under Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) or similar.

  • Draft and negotiate license agreements or other high-risk settlement agreements.

  • Manage patent clearance and brand expansion activities, including by working closely with internal and external IP professionals to determine trademark and patent filing strategies.

  • Work closely with engineering departments and parent company on product technology issues that may impact claims or litigation

  • Respond to various IP inquiries from, and provide legal advice to, Nintendo’s parent company, subsidiaries and other Nintendo of America departments

  • Communicate with and direct outside contacts, including outside counsel and consultants, on intellectual property matters

  • Provide legal advice to company departments, subsidiaries, and affiliates

  • Conduct in-house training seminars

  • Maintain knowledge of current legal issues

  • Up to 15% travel


  • At least five (5) years of experience as a practicing intellectual property lawyer in a law firm or in-house legal department

  • Working knowledge of intellectual property laws with a focus on patent, trademark, and copyright law.

  • Excellent drafting and verbal communication skills

  • Demonstrated track record of outstanding achievement and accomplishment

  • Must be willing to travel and work extended hours when necessary

  • Law degree

  • Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering or related field; computer industry experience desirable. Registered Patent Attorney with the USPTO is a plus.

  • Membership in the Washington State Bar Association or other comparable state qualification