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Intellectual Property Paralegal

Job Type: Full time
Company/Firm: World Kitchen
Location: Rosemont, IL
Date posted: 09/09/10
Salary: Salary dependent on experience
Job Description:
Company Profile:

WKI Holding Company, Inc. (including its subsidiaries such as World Kitchen, LLC, collectively “World Kitchen”) manufactures and markets bakeware, dinnerware, kitchen and household tools, rangetop cookware and cutlery products sold under well-known and trusted brands including CorningWare®, Pyrex®, CORELLE®, Revere®, EKCO®, Baker’s Secret®, Magnalite®, Chicago Cutlery®, and OLFA®.

World Kitchen employs approximately 2,700 people, and has major manufacturing and distribution operations in the United States, Canada, and Asia-Pacific regions. World Kitchen sells products through multiple channels, including mass merchants, department stores, specialty retailers and our own stores.

The Company is currently looking for an experienced Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal. This position is located in our Rosemont, IL World Headquarters and will report to our Assistant General Counsel.

Position Summary:

Manage an extensive trademark, patent and IP agreement portfolio and provide assistance with corporate maintenance and governance functions and other Legal Department matters.

Essential Functions:

• Prosecute and maintain copyright, domain name and trademark applications/registrations

• Maintain docketing program for trademarks, including licensed trademarks, infringement actions, license, distribution, supply and design agreements, oppositions and legal costs

• Oversee outside non-US counsel in connection with international trademark applications, renewals, responses and searches

• Draft clearance opinions on worldwide preliminary and full trademark searches

• Prepare and file US trademark applications, renewals and responses to office actions (electronically)

• Manage outside patent counsel (worldwide) in the filing, prosecution and maintenance of patent applications and litigations

• Review, audit and renew licensing agreements

• Review and approve packaging, advertising and promotional literature

• Prepare and file powers of attorney, assignments and change of name documents

• Obtain legalizations for documents

• Prepare and maintain brand IP budgets, including monthly cost tracking and reporting of the same

• Perform legal research (internet based) and other similar functions

• Assist in the drafting of new and in the renewal of existing external and intra-organizational license, supply, distribution and other business agreements

• Work with brand marketing personnel to review new products and work with patent counsel for clearance and filing

• Work with internal and external inventors and new product development on patentable ideas and licensing issues

• Process all IP invoices and track payments in SAP

• Corporate maintenance and governance support

• Other paralegal projects as assigned

Qualifications:

• 6-8 years experience as an Intellectual Property paralegal, with relevant patent and trademark experience (in-house preferred, but not required)

• College degree and/or paralegal certificate strongly preferred (but may not be required where there is an exceptional level of relevant experience)

• Excellent organizational, interpersonal, analytical and communication skills

• Strong work ethic

• The ability to work independently and take initiative

• Attention to detail, sound judgment and discretion

• Strong computer skills and proficiency with certain software, such as Word, EXCEL and CPI (or equivalent database)

• Experience with corporate maintenance and governance functions and general transactions or clear commitment to personal development in those areas

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and salary expectations to careers@worldkitchen.com with the subject line: “Paralegal”.

Local Candidates Only

No Agencies/Recruiters

Necessary Experience: 5+ to 7 Years
Contact: N/A

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