Trademark Counsel


Legal Counsel, Global Brands & Trademarks



Area:                                                                                       Legal

Department:                                                                           Global Brands & Americas

Direct Reporting Line:                                                           Associate General Counsel, Global Brands & Trademarks

Indirect/secondary reporting line:                                        N/A

Subsidiary/country:                                                               USA

Location:                                                                                Portland

GSMS Grade:                                                                                         M3

Number of Personnel Managed:                                           N/A

Cost Center/Budget and/or Revenue Responsibility:           N/A



Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

Provide intellectual property legal support for adidas, including performing legal trademark clearance, interacting with business clients,  outside providers and partners, and providing other support as needed.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Counsel and perform clearance for marketing businesses, including reviewing copy, advertisements, digital marketing content, and creative around events and activations.
  • Perform design and trademark clearance and research on trademark and other intellectual property issues, including attendance at line reviews.
  • Counsel the businesses on trademarks, graphics, and product designs (including compliance with internal trademark guidelines).
  • Provide education and proactive counseling to the business to minimize risks and enhance intellectual property protection.
  • Support compliance with trademark and other intellectual property aspects of licenses, sports marketing contracts and other agreements.
  • Support creation of contracts and issues arising out of same as needed.
  • Support defense of claims and litigation.


Key Relationships:

  • Legal team
  • Business clients, partners


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficient in trademarks and copyright
  • Ability to provide strong customer service, demonstrate understanding of client’s needs and willingness to serve
  • Ability to work in a fast paced department; ability to manage tight timelines
  • Proficient in the internet
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, a must
  • Self motivated; ability to work independently and with initiative but can also work as a team.
  • Strong skills in research and investigation


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • Law degree and bar admission
  • 3-5 years law firm or in-house experience practicing in trademarks.


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Job Title:  Trademark Counsel

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Portland
TEAM:  Legal / SEA
State:  OR
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  219448