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Senior Global Trademark Paralegal

at Yum! Brands

Posted: 8/15/2019
Job Reference #: 90316
Categories: Legal
Keywords: paralegal

Job Description

Posting Title
Senior Global Trademark Paralegal

Job Description
As a Senior Global Trademark Paralegal in Yum! Brands Global Brand Protection Group, you will play a meaningful role in building and protecting some of the world’s most recognizable and inspirational brands. You will assist in managing the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell global trademark, copyright, and domain name portfolio and be part of a high performing, collegial team. To be successful, you must be a self-starter, flexible and analytical thinker and outstanding communicator who is comfortable working cross-functionally and influencing across different styles, cultures and perspectives.

Core Responsibilities

Together with your fellow paralegals and partnering with trademark attorneys as needed, the Senior Global Trademark Paralegal will:
  • Conduct and analyze U.S. and international trademark searches to determine availability of trademarks, taglines, product names, and other consumer-facing content
  • Prepare draft clearance reports for attorney review
  • Handle day-to-day prosecution of domestic and foreign trademark and copyright applications, including routine and substantive prosecution
  • Provide support on infringement and other enforcement actions, including conducting research, collecting evidence, and preparing draft letters and takedown notices based on attorney instruction
  • Assist in managing trademark opposition and cancellation actions, including review of Watch Notices and gathering of evidence
  • Provide guidance to clients regarding proper use of trademarks
  • Correspond with clients to obtain evidence of use and other information needed for clearance, prosecution, and enforcement
  • Actively participate in special projects, including establishing guidelines, processes, and procedures, to enable the Trademark and Global Brand Protection team to provide best-in-class service to its business partners

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Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certificate
  • Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience as a trademark paralegal, with strong preference for prior in-house experience
  • Experience handling a broad range of global trademark issues, as well as domain name, social media and copyright issues
  • Able to demonstrate thoughtful analysis and good judgment
  • Skilled with online trademark databases for domestic and international searches, such as SAEGIS
  • Experience with IP portfolio management databases (experience with WebTMS preferred)
  • Experience filing applications, renewals, and other documents with the USPTO
  • Comfort overseeing high-volume, active docket with numerous deadlines
  • Experience crafting and delivering impactful training material; adept at using PowerPoint and other presentation tools
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; Can clearly and succinctly communicate practical advice in a client-friendly manner
  • Strong organizational skills and process/detail-orientation needed to effectively prioritize a high-volume workload;  can thrive in a dynamic environment and consistently deliver high-quality, well-thought-out deliverables; Can understand when issues need to be escalated for deeper discussion
  • Work well in a team environment and value collaboration and communication across the team
  • Friendly, approachable style that fits with Yum’s culture

Company Summary
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 48,000 restaurants in more than 145 countries and territories primarily operating the company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over eight new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development. In 2018, Yum! Brands was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index and ranked among the top 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. In 2019, Yum! Brands was named to the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the second consecutive year.
Since our spin-off from PepsiCo in 1997, we’ve become a truly global company led by over 2,000 world-class franchisees. In 2016, we successfully spun off our China business as an independent, publicly traded company and announced our Recipe for Growth, our multi-year growth strategy to become more focused, more franchised and more efficient.

We’re also extremely proud of the 1.5 million employees and franchise associates in our system around the globe and the unique culture we’ve built grounded on innovation, inclusion and growth. We believe in our people, trust in their positive intentions, encourage ideas from everyone and have actively developed a workforce that is diverse in style and background.

There’s a world of opportunities for Yum!, and we’re confident in our brands’ continued journey ahead.

Check out some of our great benefits:

•    4 weeks of vacation per year plus holidays
•    2 paid days off per year to volunteer
•    Onsite childcare through Bright Horizons
•    Onsite dining center (yes, you can eat KFC, Taco Bell or Pizza hut every day!)
•    Onsite dry cleaning, laundry services, concierge
•    Onsite gym with fitness classes and personal trainer sessions
•    Tuition reimbursement, education benefits and scholarship opportunities
•    Discounts for life’s adventures (ex: theme parks, wireless plans, etc.)
•    Generous parental leave for all new parents and adoption assistance program
•    401(k) with a 6% matching contribution from Yum! Brands with immediate vesting
•    Comprehensive medical, vision and dental including prescription drug benefits and 100% preventive care
•    Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
•    Recognition based culture and unique, fun events year round
•    Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
•    Recognition based culture and unique, fun events year round
•    Company paid life insurance
•    Grow Yourself Week which is devoted to your personal development