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Counsel, Trademarks

The Coca-Cola Company

  • Location: Moscow, Russia - RUS
  • Post Date: 3/1/2019
  • Job Type: FULL TIME
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Job ID: R-19543RussianFederation-Moscow

Position Overview:

This position is for a trademark specialist with ideally Russian law qualifications, and experience managing a trademark portfolio, to join the Intellectual Property Team of The Coca-Cola Company. TM Counsel in this position will be primarily be responsible for trademark clearance, filing and application strategies, protection and enforcement of the Company's trademarks and brands. Regions covered include Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Turkey, Caucasus and Central Asia, West Africa. TM counsel will also support counseling matters, including IP ownership and licensing issues, due diligence and opinion work. We require a candidate with 5+ years of experience in IP matters with expert knowledge and focus on trademark practice and procedure. Corporate in-house experience and knowledge of copyright are desirable.

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This position is for a trademark specialist with ideally Russian law qualifications, and experience managing a trademark portfolio, to join the Intellectual Property Team of The Coca-Cola Company. TM Counsel in this position will be primarily be responsible for trademark clearance, filing and application strategies, protection and enforcement of the Company's trademarks and brands.  Regions covered include Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Turkey, Caucasus and Central Asia, West Africa.  TM counsel will also support counseling matters, including IP ownership and licensing issues, due diligence and opinion work.  We require a candidate with 5+ years of experience in IP matters with expert knowledge and focus on trademark practice and procedure. Corporate in-house experience and knowledge of copyright are desirable.

Function Related Activities / Key Responsibilities:

  • Protect the intellectual property assets of the Company
  • Trademark searches, clearance and prosecution
  • Enforcement of intellectual rights and dilution avoidance
  • Client counseling and opinion work
  • Building stakeholder relationships, in particular with intellectual property authorities and regulators and professional associations
  • Manage a network of partners who are wired to monitor and advise on governmental, regulatory, intellectual property challenges around the world
  • Monitor the beverage landscape from a trademark perspective
  • Collaborate with outside counsel by communicating objectives, providing strategic direction and providing ongoing information and support to achieve Company objectives
  • Protect information and materials provided to third parties (e.g., consultants, vendors, suppliers, bottlers) by ensuring appropriate procedures are followed and parties are bound by Company confidentiality agreements as necessary
  • Review work products of outside counsel to ensure product quality and met expectations
  • Manage outside counsel costs and approve fee statements
  • Develop legal subject matter expertise in relevant practice area(s)

Functional Skills:

  • Technical Skills. Strong technical skills in trademarks and IP law, writing and drafting skills
  • Legal Advice. Ability to develop and effectively communicate sound legal advice and/or analysis, including the suggestion of alternative business solutions and best practices while considering client's role, objectives and risk tolerance
  • Client Objectives and Risks. Ability to determine and understand client objectives and risk tolerance. Includes knowledge of methods and/or techniques used to determine to identify objectives or risk tolerance and ability to incorporate the information in making legal decisions
  • Legal Memoranda. Strong ability to research and draft legal memoranda
  • Legal Research. Ability to conduct and analyze legal research to determine applicable legal principles. Knowledge of and ability to use legal research resources, including electronic research tools
  • Legal Solutions. Ability to devise legal solutions that reduce financial liability, costs and negative publicity to acceptable levels
  • Manage Outside Counsel. Ability to determine appropriate role of outside counsel, including setting parameters for involvement. Includes ability to determine appropriate staffing and controlling fees, cost and expenses
  • Service. Customer service and results oriented
  • Communication.  Excellent English written and oral communication skills, and spoken and written Cyrillic skills is a plus.

Education:  Law Degree or JD required

Related Work Experience:  At least 5 years relevant work experience

Leadership Behaviors:

  • DRIVE INNOVATION:  Generate new or unique solutions and embrace new ideas that help sustain our business
  • COLLABORATE WITH SYSTEM, CUSTOMERS, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERSDevelop and leverage relationships with stakeholders to appropriately stretch and impact the System (Company and Bottler)
  • ACT LIKE AN OWNER:  Deliver results, creating value for our brands, our System, our customers and key stakeholders
  • INSPIRE OTHERS:  Inspire people to deliver our mission, demonstrate passion for the business and give people a reason to believe anything is possible
  • DEVELOP SELF AND OTHERS:  Develop self and support others' development to achieve full potential

Job Requirements:

Years of Experience:

5-7 Years Experience

Growth Behaviors:

  • GROWTH MINDSET: Demonstrates curiosity. Welcomes failure as a learning opportunity.
  • SMART RISK: Makes bold decisions/recommendations.
  • EXTERNALLY FOCUSED: Understands the upstream and downstream implications of his/her work. Tracks and shares external trends, best practices or ideas.
  • PERFORMANCE DRIVEN AND ACCOUNTABLE: Has high performance standards. Outperforms her/his peers.
  • FAST/AGILE: Removes barriers to move faster. Experiments and adapts. Thrives under pressure and fast pace.
  • EMPOWERED: Brings solutions instead of problems. Challenges the status quo. Has the courage to take an unpopular stance.

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