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Sr. Counsel, Intellectual Property

Company: US Olympic & Paralympic Committee
Location: Colorado Springs
Posted on: May 14, 2022

Job Description:

Are you mission-driven and passionate about helping others succeed? Do you strive to lead, follow, and act with integrity? Are you the one who honors your commitments? Is building trusting relationships an integral part of why you do what you do? Do you push limits and challenge the status quo? If you answered - YES , keep reading to find out how you can contribute to the success of Team USA! - Here's a summary of responsibilities: The Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property (SC-IP) leads efforts to protect Olympic, Paralympic, and other USOPC IP rights. The SC-IP manages USOPC work to protect its trademarks, both affirmatively at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and against unauthorized use by third parties. The SC-IP leads the USOPC Anti-Ambush task force in connection with each Olympic Games, to combat both infringement and ambush marketing issues. The SC-IP manages outside counsel in connection with IP issues, including trademark-related litigation, provides trademark advice and guidance to USOPC staff, and works directly with the IOC, IPC, NGBs, HPMOs, OCOGs, and other third parties in matters related to USOPC IP. The SC-IP also leads USOPC efforts in matters of copyright, including both filing for copyright applications and copyright enforcement. Here's how you'll have an impact:

  • Manage the USOPC's trademark portfolio, including but not limited to preparing and filing applications, declarations, renewals, and other requirement documentation with the USPTO.
  • Advise and assist USOPC staff to determine when new marks should be protected and to ensure ongoing protection for existing marks.
  • Oversee and assist in the investigation of third party trademark infringement matters and bringing parties into compliance with USOPC IP rights and requirements.
  • Negotiate and draft settlement agreements with infringers and follow-up to ensure compliance therewith.
  • Manage the USOPC's outside trademark counsel relationship. Work with docketing to ensure USPTO deadlines are met. Discuss newly-filed third party trademark applications and assess the USOPC's interests in preventing use or registration of third-party marks. Work closely with outside counsel on any contested-party matters, whether at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) or in federal court.
  • Work cooperatively with the IOC, IPC, and USOPP in protecting the Olympic and Paralympic brand in the United States, and in connection with each Games. Work closely with USOPC staff and USOPC Sponsors to protect the value of Olympic and Paralympic sponsorships by preventing or stopping ambush marketing activities. Oversee and advise on responses to third-party requests to use USOPC IP. Work closely with USOPC staff in matters involving athlete images, including as to Rule 40 and the USOPC Athlete Endorsement Guidelines. Work closely with USOPC Marketing division in creating new campaign and talent agreements with third parties. Advise business units on copyright and footage licensing matters. Support other work of the USOPC legal team and the AGC, Marketing & International Affairs as able and assigned. Here are the skills and experience you'll need to be effective:
    • Juris Doctor degree from a nationally recognized law school
    • 4-7 years of experience in intellectual property law with a focus on trademark practice, including having maintained a significant trademark portfolio and worked extensively with the USPTO
    • 4-7 years of experience with trademark enforcement efforts, advising third parties of clients' IP rights, working with infringers to obtain compliance with those rights, and negotiating and drafting settlement agreements Here are some things that will make you super competitive for this role:
      • Admitted to practice law in the State of Colorado or the ability to obtain membership in a reasonable amount of time
      • Substantial experience registering and managing URL portfolios
      • Some experience with negotiating and drafting license agreements preferred
      • Prior experience representing amateur or professional sports organizations beneficial but not required
      • Prior experience filing copyright applications and managing copyright matters Here's where you'll work: This is a hybrid role that will regularly work from both our Colorado Springs Downtown Headquarters and remotely OR will regularly work from both our Government Relations office in Washington, DC and remotely. Here's some more information you need to know:
        • Hiring Pay Range:
          • Colorado Springs, CO: $125,000 - $150,000 per year
          • Washington, DC: $147,500 - $187,000 per year
          • This is a full-time, exempt, position intended to work 40 hours per week.
          • Bonus: This position will be eligible for the Annual Incentive Award Program at a 20% target. This program is subject to change or elimination by the USOPC at any time at its sole discretion.
          • Benefits: This position will be eligible for USOPC benefits. You can view a summary - here -or download a pdf - here. - Effective November 1, 2021, the USOPC is requiring all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 . In accordance with the USOPC's duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are adopting this requirement to safeguard the health and safety of our team members, -Team USA -athletes, coaches, trainers, contractors, and vendors. Any and all job offers will be contingent upon proof of vaccination or an approved exemption from the requirement due to medical or religious reasons. For more information, please visit - -

Keywords: US Olympic & Paralympic Committee, Colorado Springs , Sr. Counsel, Intellectual Property, Legal , Colorado Springs, Colorado

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