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Senior Trademark Counsel

at Yum! Brands RSC

Posted: 1/23/2019
Job Reference #: 89972
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Posting Title
Senior Trademark Counsel

Job Description
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


Auto req ID
89879BR

Brand
YUM! Brands Corporate

City/Suburb/Town
Plano

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with trademark and copyright issues relating to restaurants and franchising
  • Experience with IP portfolio management databases (experience with WebTMS preferred)


Company Summary
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 44,000 restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. In 2017, Yum! Brands was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index and among the top 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. The company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican style food categories. Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over six new  restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development.

Since our spin-off from PepsiCo in 1997, Yum! Brands has become a truly global company going from approximately 20 percent of profits coming from outside the U.S. to approximately 50 percent in 2016. We’re proud to be the worldwide leader in emerging markets with over 17,000 restaurants, nearly twice as many as the nearest competition. With less than 3 restaurants per million people in the top 10 emerging markets, compared to approximately 57 restaurants per million in the U.S., we are on the ground floor of global growth.

Our mission is to build the world’s most loved, trusted and fastest growing restaurant brands. We are evolving KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell into iconic, distinctive and relevant global brands.

Importantly, we’re extremely proud of our 1.5 million employees around the globe and the unique culture we’ve built, one that’s filled with energy, opportunity, and fun. 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. Yum! Brands is great place to be yourself, grow and make a difference.