Marriott International, Inc., named by Fortune Magazine as one of the "100 Best companies to Work for in America", has an immediate opportunity for a Corporate Counsel – Intellectual Property position at its corporate headquarters.
This is a newly created position as a result of Marriott-Starwood integration efforts.
The Marriott International Law Department, located at the Company's worldwide corporate headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, services the Company's lodging business.
The Intellectual Property (IP) group, as part of the Law Department is responsible for the worldwide acquisition, maintenance, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights for Marriott and its affiliates and business units, including the Starwood hotel portfolio, collectively comprising 30 major hotel brands. The IP group handles all trademark clearances, applications and registrations throughout the world for Marriott’s brands and managed properties, as well as trademark enforcement and infringement, copyright and patent matters. This fifteen-member group also provides legal advice on licenses and other transactional matters involving IP and the protection of trade secrets.
This attorney position will provide legal support to internal clients on related intellectual property matters. This position will report directly to the Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property
The attorney selected for this position will provide legal services in connection with the Company’s intellectual property. The services include:
Provide guidance and management for multiple global brand portfolios.
Providing legal advice to clients and responding to requests, on a timely basis, from clients for input on Intellectual Property matters such as licenses and other agreements.
Review agreements and recommend revisions to relevant language.
Providing guidance and advice related to the investigation of possible infringements and draft cease and desist or inquiry letters when appropriate.
Providing oversight of trademark search requests from clients by paralegals to include consultation regarding availability of mark(s) for use and/or registration and review of opinion memos to clients regarding availability of mark(s) for use and/or registration.
Providing oversight of U.S. trademark prosecution and maintenance, including maintenance of files, preparation and filing of applications, Office Action responses, ITU-related documents (e.g., Statement of Use), and Post Registration documents (e.g., Sections 8, 9, and/or 15 Affidavits).
Providing oversight of international trademark prosecution and maintenance and supporting and supervising foreign counsel by supplying information/evidence/ documentation necessary to prosecute/maintain trademark applications and registrations and respond to Office Actions and reviewing submissions to be made by foreign counsel.
Supervising trademark registration disputes, infringement matters and other conflicts, including evaluating correspondence from US and foreign counsel and providing guidance related to responses relevant to the dispute.
Providing advice on proposed transactions with respect to confidentiality agreements, structuring the transaction, letters of intent, and trade area restrictions.
Understanding and resolving local law issues; and
Assisting in department or division-wide initiatives and special projects.
Successful candidates should possess the experience, knowledge, and skills as follows:
Excellent academic record with a law degree from a top law school;
Minimum of 5 years applicable legal experience in trademark/copyright law in a law firm or corporate law department;
Active US State Bar membership;
Proven contract drafting and negotiating skills;
Ability to expeditiously identify and analyze issues and provide legally sound recommendations consistent with good business practices and reason;
Ability to multitask and handle a large and varied volume of active matters;
Ability to work under tight deadlines and time constraints;
Ability to work under stressful conditions with clients, associates, owners and others;
Strong interpersonal skills, and ability to interact effectively and work diplomatically with individuals at all levels;
Ability to foster relationships and individual accountability across the organization;
Excellent written and oral communication skills;
Excellent conflict management skills, and ability to influence without coercion;
Ability to identify opportunities for improvement and to facilitate the implementation of creative solutions;
Ability to work independently, take ownership of and effectively resolve problems; and
Ability to expeditiously identify and assess issues and provide legally sound recommendations consistent with good business practices and reason.
Marriott offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits. For immediate consideration, please go to Marriott’s resume posting site at http://www.marriott.com/careers and post your resume on our site. Please include the following ad code on your resume and in the field requested on our site to be considered for this job. Job # 160001PJE EOE M/F/V/D