Global IP & Brand Protection Associate

WD-40 Company (UK)
San Diego
Jul 02, 2024
Jul 30, 2024
Trademark Agent
Contract Type

Are you ready to lead the charge in protecting innovation and creativity? Join us as aGlobal IP & Brand Protection Associate at WD–40 Company, where your expertise will safeguard the ingenuity that puts us on the map.

You'll be the strategist behind the enforcement of our trademark and patent portfolio, both online and offline, ensuring our intellectual property remains exclusively ours. With autonomy and sharp decision–making, you'll manage outside counsel on enforcement matters, provide key recommendations to the Global IP & Brand Protection team, and dive deep into research to keep counterfeits and infringements at bay. You'll review product artwork and marketing projects, ensuring it aligns with our Brand Guidelines, and you'll empower our team with your knowledge by creating comprehensive IP–related training materials.

If you're ready to take on a role that challenges and rewards in equal measure, where your actions have a global impact, we want to hear from you! Apply now and be the protector of our most valuable assets – our ideas and our identity.

This role offers the flexibility of working a hybrid schedule from home and in our San Diego office.

What You'll Be Doing

  • Leads efforts to maintain the Company's records, including accuracy and completeness of the case database, and supervises use of the Matter Management (enforcement) platform for all enforcement work globally.
  • Coordinates brand protection and enforcement activities with the internal legal team and regional business leaders globally, to support brand protection strategy.
  • Acts as primary point of contact for outside counsel and leads efforts to ensure enforcement strategies are adhered to in a timely and cost–effective manner. Provides instructions and allocation of work on matters such as anti–counterfeiting investigations, sweeps, trademark oppositions, cease and desist letters, and customs seizures.
  • Supervises implementation of global online strategy and provides recommendations based on trend analysis and feedback from the Sales, Marketing and Market Distributor teams.
  • Assists in monitoring e–commerce pages and sorting 3P seller issues brought up by Sales teams globally.
  • Provides support for budget planning and management of resources allocated to the work of outside firms and partners collaborating on global brand protection.
  • Creates records and reports that highlight key enforcement data and patterns the purpose of developing tactics to fight infringements and counterfeits.
  • Reviews and approves incoming invoices from vendors.
  • Supports maintenance of the Company's Patent portfolio.
  • Approves product artwork for adherence to Brand Guidelines and general IP requirements.
  • Drafts IP related training materials.
  • Reviews any initial responses to licensing requests from third parties and drafts licensing agreements for Manager's review, according to templates and adherence to Company policies.

What You'll Bring To The Role

  • Bachelor's degree in intellectual property, legal studies, business law, or another related field. Law degree highly preferred.
  • 5+ years of experience working in IP or brand protection.
  • 3+ years of experience working on enforcement of a global IP portfolio.
  • Broad knowledge of IP laws, regulations, and registration requirements, including trademarks, copyrights, domain names, and patents.
  • Experience working directly with and effectively communicating with external and internal legal counsel, law enforcement, and other business partners.
  • Able to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Has an analytical and planning mindset to strategize for the future based on available information and budget.
  • Strong experience with Microsoft Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams.

Total Rewards

$86000– $106000 /year base salary plus 10% – 15% profit–sharing contribution to your retirement account. Salary is determined by multiple factors including but not limited to relevant experience, knowledge, skills, other job–related qualifications, and alignment with market data

  • Medical insurance, 80–95% company–paid premium
  • Dental and vision insurance
  • 401K match
  • Short–day Fridays
  • Vacation

At WD–40 Company, we believe that purpose–driven, passionate people guided by our values create amazing outcomes. Our "why" is refreshingly simple – we exist to create positive lasting memories in everything we do.

Why You Should Apply

  • A strong values–aligned organization where contributions are acknowledged and rewarded, and where 91% of our tribe experiences a sense of belonging.
  • A learning–based culture where 85% of our tribemates believe they can achieve their career objectives .
  • Over 91% employee engagement as of the January 2024 global employee survey results.
  • 99% of our tribemates report that they "love to tell people that they work for WD–40 Company"!

Please, only consider employment with WD–40 Company if you feel as strongly about our values as we do: We live, breathe, and play by our values every day.

Thank you for considering WD–40 Company in your career search!

At WD–40 Company we foster a culture of inclusion where all individuals are recognized, valued, respected, and experience a sense of belonging. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to individual characteristics that make us unique such as our backgrounds, experiences, qualities, talents, traits, beliefs, and preferences.