Unilever Brand IP Paralegal in London, United Kingdom

Brand IP Paralegal

Description

SALARY: Competitive Benefits

MAIN JOB PURPOSE:

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team of experienced Brand IP counsels, working alongside some of the world’s best known and loved brands. You will be involved in all aspects of trade mark portfolio management, from clearance, prosecution and maintenance, to contentious matters such as lookalikes and infringements. You will be part of a team that uses cutting edge technology to deliver best in class in the IP industry.

This role would provide support to all Brand IP counsels within the Home, Beauty & Personal Care divisions and would be based in Unilever’s London office.

For the candidate with the right level of experience, we anticipate that the person will have the opportunity to work independently and to own their own case load, liaising as necessary with Brand IP counsels for relevant supervision.

You will be involved in all team meetings, and will be expected to drive and lead strategic projects for the Brand IP team. Good communication skills, flexibility and the ability to support business partners across different geographies and time zones is essential.

A commitment to performing essential trade mark administration and support work is also key given the nature of trade mark portfolio management. The role would include at times working cooperatively with other legal divisional members.

JOB SUMMARY

Trade Mark matters:

All aspects of trade mark clearances, prosecution and maintenance (under varying levels of supervision) including:

  • Prepare TM search instructions to our outsourced TM partner, chase and monitor replies, provide initial analysis.

  • Conduct Google and TM database searches associated with any relevant scan searches using the technology tools available and provide initial analysis.

  • Provide Brand IP Counsels/business partners with a top line summary report on the availability and registrability of trade marks.

  • Direct liaison with the business on search results and next steps (at the discretion of the lawyer/Brand IP counsel)

  • Prepare TM application instructions, review and prepare prepare responses to TM application/ prosecution enquiries (e.g. specification queries, use dates)

  • Assist with issues raised in trade mark clearance such as instructing investigators and negotiating with third parties including concluding agreements, obtaining consents, purchasing marks, cancellation or revocation of marks, etc.

  • Preparation of TM oppositions and related evidence, instructing outsourced TM partner case manager where necessary.

  • Liaise with local legal teams and outsourced TM partner to collate and research evidence of use of TMs for countries requiring such evidence for renewals, including co-ordination of the USA/Canadian verification of use requirements.

  • Prepare TM schedules from outsourced TM partner managed database, as required

  • Manage permission requests from third parties to use Unilever’s intellectual property and prepare permission letters for such requests.

  • Create and set up document store files for new TM issues.

  • Create and set up conflict database entries for new contentious TM issues, produce reports and analyses of TM infringements and litigation.

  • Review product packs to ensure proper TM use in comparative claims (US only).

  • Initial review of and reporting/further actions on watch notices (scope to be agreed by Brand IP Counsel).

  • Assist with TM audit/gap filling and strategy analyses for the businesses

  • Other general support tasks for the team.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • UK part-qualified trade mark attorney or equivalent experience

  • Proven experience/qualification in trade mark administration matters

  • Proven track record in trade mark prosecution work and excellent knowledge of filing systems under WIPO, EUTM and Madrid

  • Interest in developing and/or experience in-house in FMCG

  • Good command of English, written and spoken

  • Ability to communicate clearly verbally and in writing

  • Proven ability to prioritise and work for a number of different people concurrently in different geographic locations/time zones

  • Adaptable, proactive, keen to learn and take on an increasingly varied and challenging workload as skills develop.

  • Good logic and analytical skills, and attention to detail

  • Self-motivation to achieve excellence in administrative/management type matters as well as other matters

  • Pragmatic, commercial and keen to learn and immerse yourself into the business of Unilever

  • Team player, able to build fruitful relationships

  • Ability to issue spot other types of legal issues e.g. regulatory, marketing claims and coordinating input from global business partners, such as marketing colleagues, local Legal, R&D and Regulatory Affairs.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and common TM search platforms

  • A passion for intellectual property!

COMPANY OVERVIEW

Unilever is a global Fast-Moving Consumer Goods company in the UK and Ireland. We are already on target to achieve our huge ambition to double the size of our business globally whilst reducing our environmental impact. We are growing our business and also doing what is right for our consumers, community and environment. We are developing brands for people’s lives today and for the changing environment tomorrow - making sustainable living commonplace.

Working at Unilever means that you get to take part in this exciting journey and work with amazing people who are really passionate about our large portfolio of famous brands. We want to improve billions of lives and you too can join us in making a sustainable difference.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Online Application >> Face to Face Interview/s >> Job Offer

Please note: As part of the job application, you will be asked to complete a brief online application form. Completion of the form is required in order to be considered. Please allow yourself enough time to complete the application form as when filled out partially or not at all it may adversely affect the progress of your application. Please be aware that you will have to complete the form at once as you will be unable to return to it later.

For further information about this position please call: 0800 0284390. Please do not contact this number if you are an agency/third party. This number is strictly for candidates only.

Job: Legal

Primary Location: United Kingdom-United Kingdom (County level)-London-100VE

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day Job

Unposting Date: Apr-30-2018

Req ID: 180004UM