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US_Northridge_8500 Balboa Blvd
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Northridge, United States of America
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Regular - Permanent
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Description & Requirements

About the Role

As the IP Counsel, you will be responsible for providing legal and/or business support to one or more business divisions, strategic business units (“SBU”), or corporate functions including, but not limited to:  the Lifestyle and/or Automotive division, the DTS SBU, under the supervision of senior attorneys. You will support manager and senior attorneys with the following:  assist with management of the global trademark portfolio including, but not limited to prosecution, maintenance, clearances, oppositions, infringement opinions; draft rules for promotions and provide counsel for various marketing matters such as brand licensing, social media marketing, endorsements, and advertising claims; negotiate and draft contracts for the SBU, division, or function, prepare/draft/review/revise legal documents, and research/analyze legal issues and factual situations.

You will also support senior attorneys with general legal functions such as: consult with and advise internal clients, respond to client inquiries, conduct investigations, and may serve as the day-to-day liaison for a specific SBU of a division or function.   Basic level contract review, drafting, and negotiation experience is required.

Your Team

This position will work closely and strategically with manager, paralegals, and senior attorneys. This position will report directly to Senior Counsel- IP.

What You Will Do

Managing Legal and Business Risk

  • Assist with the reviewing, drafting, and negotiating a wide variety of agreements and amendments, including master services, statements of work, licensing, marketing, and vendor agreements under the supervision of senior attorneys

  • Prepare, draft, and file documents for global trademark prosecution matters, maintenance, and oppositions, including, but not limited to report and respond to Office Actions, filing Declarations of Use, Statements of Use, and renewals; assess adequacy of specimens for amendments to allege use/statements of use

  • Conduct global trademark searches; analyze and report search results;

  • Counsel clients regularly on various global trademark matters and may include copyright matters or other intellectual property

  • Draft and respond to cease and desist letters

  • Assist with brand enforcement including global anti-counterfeiting raids, investigations, and seizures

  • Assist with oppositions and cancellations before the TTAB

  • Work closely with local and foreign associates on global trademark matters

  • Draft and negotiate marketing agreements including endorsement and co-branding contracts, product placement, and other release forms

  • Draft terms and conditions for promotions, incentives, sweepstakes, contests, and BOGOs

  • Provide practical, creative legal advice on a broad range of topics as assigned by senior attorneys in a fast-paced, high growth environment

  • Work closely with the senior attorneys to support the teams charged with generating business and proactively establishing relationships across the legal team

  • Assist with corporate, MD&A, and other legal matters as requested

  • Address legal risks and communicate to more senior legal colleagues within the legal department in a timely manner

  • Demonstrate general risk awareness and complies with Harman’s operating procedures and policies relevant to their role

  • Collaborate with other legal and compliance staff and organizational partners to develop, update and maintain templates, negotiation resources and playbooks

  • Contribute to development and implementation of innovative ways to scale commercial legal processes

  • Other duties as assigned

What You Need

  • Juris Doctor (or equivalent in jurisdiction) and admitted to practice law in the United States

  • Analytical and project management skills, task-focused, works on own initiative to get things done, is able to work under pressure and manage multiple stakeholders

  • 3+ years of relevant (generally in-house or law firm) experience and a law degree from law school

  • Also 1+ years of specialized experience in the area of intellectual property.

Critical skills required to perform the core responsibilities of the position:

Operational Effectiveness and Efficiency

  • Takes initiative to contribute to the improvement of internal processes

  • Draft documents effectively, where appropriate using data or precedents

Influencing and Communicating

  • Coordinate and communicate with in-house domestic and international law firms and agencies/business units

  • Able to translate legal issues for primary business clients and explain in a comprehensible manner; possesses diplomacy skills

  • Is approachable and is comfortable to ask questions and seek help from other team members 

  • Communicates clearly, accurately, confidently, and concisely in a timely manner

Commercial Awareness and Effectiveness

  • Seeks regular feedback and discusses primary client business needs to fully understand business drivers from the beginning

  • Prioritizes resource and effort around key client business deliverables as assigned by senior attorneys

  • Uses legal experience and knowledge to anticipate client business needs and seeks to add value

  • Understands and can articulate the legal issues and risks for the primary business client in which they support or senior attorneys

What is Nice to Have

  • California attorney license in good standing

  • Substantial experience with managing a global trademark portfolio

  • Experience with advertising and marketing issues

  • Previous experience as an in-house practitioner

What Makes You Eligible

  • Be willing to travel up to 10%, domestic and international travel

  • Be willing to work remotely and occasionally in Northridge, CA, USA

  • Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen

What We Offer

  • Access to employee discounts on world class HARMAN/Samsung products (JBL, Harman Kardon, AKG etc.).

  • Professional development opportunities through HARMAN University’s business and leadership academies.

  • Flexible work schedule with a culture encouraging work life integration and collaboration in a global environment.

  • An inclusive and diverse work environment that fosters and encourages professional and personal development.

  • Tuition Reimbursement.

  • “Be Brilliant” employee recognition and rewards program.

  • The standard base salary for this position is:

  • $ 119,850-$133,500-$146,850 plus applicable bonus.


HARMAN is proud to be an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.