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Senior Associate - Trademarks Counsel

Practice Areas: Intellectual Property, Trademark Exp.: 5+ Years
Visa is looking for a Trademark Attorney to protect and enforce the VISA trademark, one of the most valuable brands in the world. This position will be responsible for overseeing trademark enforcement actions, negotiate settlements and licenses, provide trademark advice and guidance, manage outside counsel, draft clearance opinions, and engage in brand strategy discussions. The candidate should have a strong working knowledge of applicable legal issues that arise in trademark, copyright, and licensing matters. An ideal candidate will also have in-house experience partnering with internal staff and outside counsel. The Trademark Attorney will work collaboratively with other members of the Trademark team and other stakeholder teams within the company in a volume-intensive legal and business environment.
This position, based in Foster City, California, and will report to the Vice President for Brand, Marketing & Sponsorship Legal.

Job Scope
  • Manage Visa’s trademark enforcement matters globally (litigation, oppositions, cancellations)
  • Direct Visa’s outside counsel in the execution of Visa’s trademark enforcement strategies
  • Draft and negotiate settlement agreements and third-party licenses
  • Counsel and train staff on brand protection issues; participate in shaping Visa’s brand strategy
  • Manage and guide trademark paralegal staff in their responsibilities
  • Draft clearance opinions for new names and logos
  • Contribute to the continuous development and improvement of the Trademark Team’s processes

Basic Qualifications:
5+ or more years of relevant work experience with a JD

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 6 years of experience in intellectual property law with a focus on trademark, including, maintaining a sizeable trademark portfolio, experience enforcing IP against third party infringers, advising staff on IP rights
  • Working knowledge of trademark and copyright law
  • Prior in-house experience strongly preferred, but not required
  • Current member in good standing of the California Bar or any US bar
  • Must possess exceptional analytical ability and advocacy skills; drive execution in a team environment; and the ability to integrate legal advice and business knowledge, while providing balanced advice regarding risks and benefits
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills in all interactions with internal staff, senior management, external counsel, corporate departments and all levels of employees
  • Working knowledge of social media and internet platforms
  • Developed business acumen, with ability to understand the company's business interests and anticipate the nature and magnitude of issues that could arise in various settings
  • Practical and proactive problem-solver; must be confident, mature and calm under fire

Additional Information:
  • Work Hours: Varies upon the needs of the department
  • Travel Requirements: This position requires travel 5-10% of the time.
  • Mental/Physical Requirements: This position will be performed in an office setting. The position will require the incumbent to sit and stand at a desk, communicate in person and by telephone, frequently operate standard office equipment, such as telephones and computers.

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