This is a trademark paralegal position handling the day-to-day trademark clearance, registration, maintenance and related matters for some of our distilled spirits and other brands. The ideal candidate will be team-oriented and committed to working as a positive and collaborative member of our trademark team.
Together with the Trademark Portfolio Manager and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel as needed, the Trademark Paralegal will:
- Conduct and analyze trademark searches; prepare necessary clearance reports;
- Handle the day-to-day prosecution of domestic and foreign trademark and copyright applications;
- Provide guidance to clients regarding proper use of trademarks
- Work with trademark counsel in reviewing advertising, point-of-sale and promotional materials for IP issues
- Conduct trademark portfolio and budget reviews
- Assist in domestic and foreign litigation and enforcement;
Generally speaking, successful candidates will need to be able to take initiative, think independently, write well, exhibit a sense of urgency and a "what else can I do" attitude, and perform sophisticated tasks of a highly sensitive nature which affect the company's valuable brands. Candidates must also possess the following:
- Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience.
- 5-10+ years of experience as a trademark paralegal with high-level responsibilities on a global trademark portfolio.
- Prior law firm or corporate IP department experience.
- Ability to consistently plan, organize, work independently, think critically, meet deadlines and remain flexible in a multi-task environment.
- Adept at conducting online trademark searches.
- General knowledge of domestic and foreign trademark law, policies and processes.
- Proficiency with MS Office products, particularly MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Familiarity with WebTMS trademark management system and Gmail e-mail service desired.
Brown-Forman Corporation is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. It is the policy of Brown-Forman Corporation to provide full and equal employment opportunities to all employees and potential employees without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability or any other legally protected status.