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Trademarks Legal Specialist, APAC
OVERVIEW OF THE JOB
The role focuses primarily on domestic and international trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement, leading global trademark portfolios, and providing support in trademark disputes. We are willing to train motivated individuals with solid strategic thinking and creative problem-solving skills, strong communication capabilities (both oral and written), and a passion to learn about and practice in the trademark space. Trademark experience is helpful, but not required.
You will report to a Senior Brand Legal Counsel within the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMA) Legal Team based in Singapore. This is an opportunity to work with a dynamic team of legal counsels and legal professionals that are strategic, business-focused and partner closely with our business clients to serve and win with consumers all around the world.
HOW SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE
Success in the role will require you to help drive business results in AMA by combining legal expertise, practical business judgment, creative problem solving, critical thinking, and good communication skills to offer clients clear explanation of basic trademark issues together with creative and effective business solutions.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ROLE
Conduct online, worldwide trademark searches and associated on-line marketplace investigations needed to enable the provision of clear, business-focused advice and risk analyses.
Collaborate with in-house and outside trademark attorneys and paralegals to lead an international trademark portfolio for one or more P&G business units. This will include directing and preparing significant volumes of trademark applications, prosecution responses, and registration and renewal documents.
Collating materials for and drafting of affidavits of use, drafting simple cease and desist letters, replies to trademark office actions, on-line marketplace takedowns, oppositions and other trademark and copyright enforcement activities
Attend Copy Approval Meeting for assigned category and be able to spot trademark and copyright issues for business unit counsel to attend to.
OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES:
Organize Meetings: align schedule, handle logistics, assist in the preparation of meeting summary and agenda, circulate meeting materials.
Provide administrative support for the organizing and running of the Asia Brand Legal Capability Building trainings.
Update DIAMS database for trademark prosecution, opposition and other contention matters
Prepare trademark reports for purposes of renewals, prepare report of contentious issues for purposes of sharing with business leadership team.
Process expense reports, liaising with travel agency (CWT Wagonlit) when needed to ensure expenses are processed, approved and paid on time.
Liaise with Business Unit Finance for the processing of outside counsel fees, follow up with payment and trouble-shoot with Accounts Payable when payment issues arise.
Keep up with technology advancements and look for opportunities to improve / simplify processes within Legal (e.g., record management, use of collaboration tools, identifying tech/database training needs. May be required to work with a global team that’s looking into systems improvement and may involve occasional night calls.
- Good GCE A-level grades or polytechnic education.
- Working experience in a law firm or in an in-house legal department would be an advantage.
- Experience in leading trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement throughout Asia preferred.
- Familiarity with on-line trademark screening tools such as Compumark / Corsearch / SAEGIS and IP record management databases like DIAMS IQ / Patrix / Memotech preferred.
- Ability to handle multiple projects and competing priorities.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills; fluent in English.
- Fluency in reading and writing Mandarin would be an advantage.
We produce globally recognized brands and we grow the best business leaders in the industry. With a portfolio of trusted brands as diverse as ours, it is paramount our leaders are able to lead with courage the vast array of brands, categories and functions. We serve consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ariel®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Herbal Essences®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, Tampax® and more. Our community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide.
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Our consumers are diverse and our talents - internally - mirror this diversity to best serve it. That is why we’re committed to building a winning culture based on Inclusion and our ideal candidate is passionate about the same principle: you will join our daily effort of being “in touch” so we craft brands and products to improve the lives of the world’s consumers now and in the future. We want you to inspire us with your unrivaled ideas.
We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment. We do not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, or any other legally protected factor.
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