Senior Manager Trademark Counsel

Senior Manager Trademark Counsel


Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organisation:


To advise on all aspects of the creation, maintenance, protection, and enforcement of adidas trademarks, designs, and other intellectual property except patents, in designated countries and regions.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Manage clearance of adidas names, logos and designs against third party rights, and compliance with adidas trademark guidelines, including attendance at line reviews. Formulate clear and practical advice to the business to enable business to make informed decisions.
  • Manage, or as appropriate supervise the management of, portfolio of trademarks, designs, and copyright for adidas in assigned countries.
  • Drive adidas brand protection programs (including both anti-counterfeiting and the protection of adidas’ 3-Stripe mark) in assigned countries (including without limit Russia and CIS countries, provide training to customs and other enforcement authorities, and identify adidas counterfeits.
  • Drive legal action against companies or individuals who sell counterfeit products and imitation products in assigned countries.
  • Manage third party claims of intellectual property infringement (trademarks, designs, and copyright) in assigned countries with a view to minimising business impact.
  • Partner with the business to educate and encourage awareness of, and manage expectations in relation to, intellectual property matters; to include conducting training and presentations to business.
  • Manage special projects relating to intellectual property matters or the team assigned by the Director Trademarks Counsel or VP Global Trademarks.
  • Advise on intellectual property aspects of commercial agreements (including without limit licence agreements, co-existence/settlements agreements and sponsorship/endorsement agreements).
  • Effectively manage and supervise the delivery of legal advice and services in assigned countries through external counsel as needed.


Key Relationships:

  • All members of the Global Trademarks team
  • Product, design, and communications teams in assigned Business Units
  • Global Legal Innovation and, North American Trademark teams
  • Legal and senior management teams in assigned countries
  • External counsels in assigned countries

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Business-fluent English (required) and Russian (preferred), both written and spoken
  • International mindset through previous work experience abroad.
  • Excellent organizational skills with an ability to prioritize effectively.
  • Team player.
  • Flexibility to travel regularly.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Good MS-Office skills


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:


  • Qualified lawyer or other appropriate legal qualification
  • At least 5 years of working experience as a company lawyer within an international environment or in a private practice/law firm managing trademark portfolios, trademark clearance and enforcement
  • Experience and familiarity with IP laws and court procedures in Russia and/or CIS countries is preferred


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Job Title:  Senior Manager Trademark Counsel

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Amsterdam
TEAM:  Legal / SEA
State:  NH
Country/Region:  NL
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  484972
Date:  Sep 23, 2022