Corporate Attorney

  • ORB™
  • 225 Herring Cove Road, Halifax, NS, Canada
  • May 09, 2019
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) General Counsel

Job Description

The ideal candidate will have experience in contracts administration and management of trademark, copyright and patent clearance, registration, and renewal matters. This role requires a high level of attention to detail, strong client services orientation, and excellent follow up and communication skills. The best candidate likely has training received at a larger law firm or other global business, and is smart, highly organized, efficient, thinks creatively, has a positive work attitude, and is comfortable following directions as well as working independently.

Core Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the request for trademark, copyright and patent filings with outside legal counsel including initial and comprehensive world-wide searches;
  • Partner with internal teams across the Brands to review products, names, designs and marketing materials to ensure compliance with trademark and copyright laws;
  • Review intellectual property filings, assess risk and provide recommendations to senior stakeholders for which names to register trademark and URLs;
  • Liaise with intellectual property law firms in North America and Asia and provide the necessary internal information required for establishing and implementing global trademark filings and enforcement strategies.
  • Monitor and protect the company’s valuable intellectual property by drafting cease and desist letters, investigating infringement, and partnering with internal teams on social media and domain name issues;
  • In partnership with outside legal counsel, provide litigation support including documentation associated with court filings, litigation holds, evidence collection and management;
  • Review and manage all legal correspondence including contracts, leases, terms and conditions, licenses, and non-disclosure agreements and the like;
  • Preparation and filing of routine corporate documents, maintain corporate records;
  • Create and maintain ORBTM’s in-house systems for tracking status, deadlines and actions due in contract and intellectual property matters, including certificates of registration, naming conventions, trademark renewals.

Required Skills and Knowledge:

  • Highly capable of managing a variety of legal activities within a privately own business, while providing effective counsel to the Executive management team;
  • Basic knowledge of Intellectual Property clearance, filing, and prosecution practices and rules;
  • Ability to work with multiple departments with conflicting and demanding deadlines;
  • Flexible and able to adapt to last minute direction and changes with demonstrated ability to work in a creative, fast-paced environment;
  • Balance risks associated with internal actions and business decisions to provide recommendations for appropriate actions;
  • Demonstrate the ability to distill and clearly explain legal principles and opinions to business partners at all levels;
  • Strong organizational, time management and verbal and written communication skills including presentation and negotiation skills;
  • Team player who builds relationships through collaboration, approachability, trust and credibility.

 Experience and Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in Law;
  • 5+ years’ experience in a law firm with a focus on trademark and copyright law is preferred;
  • Experience in advertising law, preferred.

Additional Experience Helpful:

  • Knowledge of Charter of the French Language in relation to packaging and labels;
  • Knowledge of WebTMS or similar trademark docketing software;
  • Experience in enforcement work, cease and desist letters, social media takedowns, trademark investigations, and UDRP domain name dispute proceedings;
  • Promotions and advertising experience, including sweepstakes and contests;
  • Preparation and management of S. and Canadian copyright filings;
  • Knowledge of Customs recordals and other border measures to protect intellectual property rights.

Please submit your resume & a cover letter (that highlights how your past experience aligns with our environment)

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Practice Area(s)

Trademark, Copyright, patents, IP