Senior Trademark Counsel

Yum! Brands   •  

Plano, TX

Industry: Hospitality & Recreation


11 - 15 years

Posted 140 days ago

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As Senior Trademark Counsel at Yum! Brands, Inc., you will lead the trademark and related IP work for Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell around the world. You will work with all levels within the Yum and Brand Legal Departments, including legal assistants and attorneys (at all levels, including brand/regional CLOs) and business teams to protect our brands, trademarks, copyrights and domain names. Responsibilities include direct management of clearance, prosecution, maintenance and enforcement of our growing US and foreign trademark portfolio, client counseling, licensing, developing and implementing intellectual property protection policies, and educating the business on intellectual property matters. You will lead a team of experienced trademark legal professionals and direct outside attorneys and law firms, including negotiating fee structures and litigation budgets. This role will be based in Plano, Texas and report to the V.P./ Global Chief Branding Counsel for Yum.

Ideal candidates will demonstrate:

  • Ability to effectively translate IP issues to members of the creative, business, management and legal teams
  • Ability to strategically design and implement global IP protection and enforcement strategies
  • Teamwork, good business and ethical judgment
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and handle unanticipated situations
  • Sound critical thinking and analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to build relationships across the organization while working on cross functional teams
  • Ability to solve problems, deliver results and be a dedicated business partner to internal clients
  • A high level of accountability
  • Examples of influencing others to reach desired outcomes for the department and the company
  • A sense of humor and a real passion for global branding

Minimum Requirements

Basic Qualifications

  • 10+ years of experience with trademark and copyright issues, including at least 3 years in-house experience
  • Experience managing a comprehensive intellectual property portfolio, including domestic and foreign marks
  • Experience managing global domain name matters
  • Experience leading investigations and negotiations to resolve trademark disputes
  • Skilled with online trademark databases for domestic and international searches, such as SAEGIS
  • J.D. degree and membership in good standing in at least one state bar