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IP Manager, Product and Marketing

VF

VF

Marketing & Communications, Product
Denver, CO, USA
Posted on Monday, January 22, 2024

IP Manager, Product & Marketing: Become the Newest Member of the VF Family

The Global Intellectual Property Manager will lead a team of paralegal(s) and assistant(s) and partner closely with supervising attorneys, VF brand business teams and Legal Department colleagues to provide strategic oversight for VF brand intellectual property protection and enforcement worldwide. This role will be responsible for providing a portfolio of brands with legal support in litigations, oppositions, clearance, and applications to continue strengthening our brand identities across the globe.

How You Will Make a Difference:

  • Develops and executes strategy for protection and enforcement of worldwide intellectual property rights including trademarks, copyrights, patents, domain names and licensing.

  • Leads team of paralegals and assistants to provide comprehensive, consistent intellectual property support to brand teams.

  • Develops strong partnerships with brand teams to understand business objectives, protect brand identity, enforce intellectual property rights, and assess portfolio strengths, risks, and needs; prepares draft updates and summaries on strategic issues for business clients and partners with supervising attorney to communicate strategy to business clients.

  • Manages legal clearance for print and commercial advertisements, catalogs, and product development, partnering with supervising attorney and escalating as needed; evaluates risk and advises business on routine matters; actively monitors new and longstanding brand content for potential patent, trademark and copyright protection.

  • Partners with Global Brand Enforcement team to investigate and counteract counterfeiting and infringement activities worldwide.

  • Manages and prepares budget plans, forecasts, and accruals for legal services as needed. Oversees all outside counsel and vendors to ensure quality of service and implementation of effective fee arrangements. Builds strategic partnerships with outrside counsel and vendors to develop creative fee arrangements and enhance legal strategy in cost-effective manner.

  • Works with supervising trademark attorney to support and/or lead intellectual property training to brand teams.

  • Educates self and their team on emerging trends and issues in intellectual property protection and proactively develops strategies and processes to protect our brands’ IP.

  • Leads team and partnership meetings, independently or alongside supervising trademark attorney, and conducts other legal and administrative tasks that may be required from time to time.

Years of Related Professional Experience: 10 years of experience in a law firm or law department; a mix of corporate and law firm experience preferred.

Educational/ Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree; paralegal certificate preferred

Key Skills for Success:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of intellectual property and brand protection;, global experience a plus

  • Knowledge of Diams iQ or similar file management portal

  • Knowledge of Saegis, Corsearch or similar trademark search and watch database

  • Ability to assess legal risk and escalate appropriately

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple tasks

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

  • Proactive with a strong work ethic, propensity to learn and sense of pride and accountability in work

  • Ability to anticipate needs, respond to changing demands and develop creative solutions to problems

  • Capacity to develop and maintain effective, professional relationships among internal and external stakeholders

  • Management experience preferred

Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:

  • Travel by air and overnight, as required 15-20% amount of time.

  • Lifting and/or bending 20 lbs of weight.

We are open to this person sitting in our Denver, Costa Mesa or Wilmington, New Hampshire office in a hybrid/work flex capacity.

Hiring Range:

$104,544.00 USD - $130,680.00 USD annually

Incentive Potential: This position is eligible for additional compensation awards that may include an annual incentive plan, sales incentive, or commission potential. Specific details of the additional compensation eligibility for this position will be provided during the recruiting and interview process.

Benefits at VF Corporation: You can review a general overview of each benefit program offered, including this year's medical plan rates on www.MyVFbenefits.com and by clicking Looking to Join VF? Detailed information on your benefits will be provided during the hiring process.

Please note, our hiring ranges are determined and built from market pay data. In determining the specific compensation for this position, we comply with all local, state, and federal laws.

Pursuant to all applicable local Fair Chance Ordinance requirements, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, VF will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.