Paralegal, Intellectual Property at The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company


Mid Level

Hershey, PA, USA

Not defined

19 Sep → 19 Oct

Job Description

This position is open to 100% REMOTE

The Paralegal, Intellectual Property (“IP Paralegal”) role will report directly to the Global Intellectual Property Manager and will be a key member of Hershey’s Global Intellectual Property team. This position will support day-to-day management of the global trademarks of the company, serving as the IP brand ambassador to key brands and groups.

The Hershey Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The policy of The Hershey Company is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other categories protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

The Hershey Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veterans

Job Responsibilities

  • Reviewing product labeling, marketing, and advertising material to ensure appropriate use of IP assets.
  • Conducting global trademark clearance searches.
  • Manage trademark portfolio, including trademark searches, filings, prosecution, and renewals.
  • Drafting, preparing, and filing U.S. trademark applications, including drafting descriptions of goods and services; preparing and filing extensions of time, allegations of use, responses to Office Actions, post-registration documents, and other standard trademark prosecution and maintenance documents.
  • Supporting prosecution and maintenance of foreign trademark applications and registrations, including communicating with foreign associates regarding international trademark matters.
  • Managing projects that are large in scope and complexity, often involving very diverse areas of the law and many stakeholders
  • Provide operational and business assistance to attorneys on trademark-related matters
  • Assist in managing the company’s intellectual property docket
  • Review and gather information necessary to support IP-related filings and challenges to potential infringement of the company’s IP portfolio
  • Review product labeling, marketing, and advertising material to ensure appropriate use of IP assets
  • Manage trademark clearance process; conduct clearance searches and analyze results under supervision of an attorney
  • Support prosecution and maintenance of foreign trademark applications and registrations
  • Support the copyright portfolio
  • Manage customs filings
  • Provide operational and business assistance to attorneys on patent-related matters

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Experience managing a global trademark portfolio; experience within a consumer-packaged goods context is preferred

  • Understands and has substantial experience with trademark clearance, prosecution, maintenance, and enforcement processes

  • Experience with copyrights

  • Knowledge of methods, practices, procedures and requirements for drafting a variety of legal documents relating to intellectual property

  • Skills to conduct legal research, analyze issues and prepare/review drafts of legal documents, ensuring that they meet legal requirements and deadlines

  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations on trademarks and copyrights

  • Ability to develop effective working relationships cross-functionally

  • Independent self-starter with the ability to effectively manage and prioritize a high-volume workload and work well under pressure in a fast-moving environment

  • Exercise excellent judgment and initiative, project management, and problem-solving skills to successfully drive projects to completion

  • Excellent accuracy in reviewing, monitoring, and maintaining docket deadlines

  • Flexibility to respond to multiple and often-changing priorities on a global level

  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and follow through

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to handle confidential information and develop trusting relationships, using a high degree of tact, discretion and diplomacy

  • High degree of skill in computer and information technology resources; specifically, but not limited to, Microsoft Office 365, LegalTracker, online court filing, docketing platforms.

  • Strong knowledge of trademark docketing systems (experience with WebTMS a plus)

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree required; Paralegal Degree or Certification preferred

  • Experience: 5+ years of experience at law firm or corporation (in-house experience preferred) with:

  • Knowledge and/or relevant experience in Intellectual Property law

  • Experience with managing a global trademark portfolio

  • Well versed in legal terminology, laws, judicial decisions, court jurisdictions and procedures, especially relating to Intellectual Property

  • Well versed in methods and techniques of legal research

  • Strong legal analysis skills, including the ability to read, interpret and apply statutory and legal requirements to legal and business matters

  • Well versed in methods, practices, procedures and requirements for drafting a wide variety of legal documents

  • Experience working with databases (docketing management, billing, case management, online court filings, etc.)

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, Power Point)

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