Paralegal - Trademarks/Intellectual Property

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About Whirlpool Properties, Inc.
Whirlpool Properties manages over 5000 trademark registrations that we license to our related Whirlpool companies and to independent third parties. We own a portfolio of marks that include KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Maytag, Jenn-Air and Amana.
Our staff includes two attorneys, four paralegals and an administrative assistant. We are a tightly knit group that enjoys working together in a collegial environment. Our largest licensee is Whirlpool Corporation, our parent company, which has its headquarters two miles from our office. We interact with the management and staff of Whirlpool Corporation on a daily basis.
We are located 90 miles from downtown Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan in Saint Joseph, Michigan. St. Joseph offers the laid back lifestyle of a small town with the benefits of a spectacular lakefront and one of the top ten beaches in the country. It is part of a chain of picturesque towns stretching in an arc along Lake Michigan that serve as summer resort communities for Chicago residents. For more information about our community visit http://sjcity.com
Brief Overview of the Position
You will be a member of a fun and engaged team of paralegals that administer our trademark registrations. As the lead paralegal for a portfolio of foreign trademarks you will operate with a high level of independence and accountability.
In this position, you'll have the opportunity to:
Administer and maintain a docket of trademark filings and other deadlines. Ensure all correspondence, registration and renewal certificates and invoices are properly entered into the system. Be accountable for the security and reliability of all due dates and making certain that no dates are missed.
Conduct clearance searches; work with attorneys to complete final search opinions.
Work directly with in-country counsel on the filing and prosecution of foreign trademark applications.
Police and protect the companys intellectual property, including review of watch notices and other information. Interface directly with foreign counsel on enforcement matters.
Provide prompt and thorough document collection and organization for foreign trademark litigation.
Review and audit trademark usage in advertising, packaging, Use & Care guides and other print and electronic media.
Track and maintain global domain names.
Conduct training for marketing staff and ad agencies relating to the proper uses of the trademarks.
Conduct legal and other research.
What you need to succeed in this position:
At least 4 years worldwide trademark docket management, prosecution and enforcement experience with a large corporate law department or law firm required.
A 4 year college degree (an ABA approved paralegal certificate may be acceptable).
Familiarity with WebTMS desirable or another trademark docketing database.
Highly organized and detailed oriented with ability to ensure that deadlines are properly tracked and met.
Strong analytical skills along with the ability to reach creative solutions.
Ability to work independently.
Ability to multi-task.
A passion for trademarks and a good sense of humor.
Whirlpool leader requirements and qualifications:
Strong Communication skills.
Strong Character and Enduring Values including high integrity, trust and respect.
Fosters an Inclusive and engaging environment that leverages diverse thoughts, beliefs and opinions.
Displays Thought Leadership by consistently challenging and improving thinking and decision making.
Driver of Change that creatively mobilizes resources to shape the transformation of Whirlpool Properties.
Endless Opportunities
Whirlpool has big plans for the future, just like you. We understand that it takes preparation and hard work to get there. So, we offer challenging purpose, ownership of your role, great teams, and tools to build your capability. In our performance-based setting, you can take your career in exciting new directions - and as far as you want to go
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