The Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property (AGC-IP) leads efforts to protect Olympic and other USOC IP rights. The AGC‑IP manages USOC work to protect its trademarks, both affirmatively at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and against unauthorized use by third parties. The AGC-IP leads the USOC Anti-Ambush task force in connection with each Olympic Games, to combat both infringement and ambush marketing issues. The AGC-IP manages outside counsel in connection with IP issues, including trademark-related litigation, provides trademark advice and guidance to USOC staff, and works directly with the IOC, NGBs, OCOGs, and other third parties in matters related to USOC IP.
The AGC-IP reports to the Associate General Counsel, Marketing & International Affairs.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Manage the USOC’s trademark portfolio, including by preparing and filing applications, declarations, renewals and other requirement documentation with the USPTO.
- Advise and assist USOC staff to determine when new marks should be protected and to ensure ongoing protection for existing marks.
- Oversee and assist in the investigation of third party trademark infringement matters and bringing parties into compliance with USOC IP rights and requirements.
- Negotiate and draft settlement agreements with infringers and follow-up to ensure compliance therewith.
- Manage the USOC’s outside trademark counsel relationship; work with docketing to ensure USPTO deadlines are met; discuss newly-filed third party trademark applications and assess the USOC’s interests in preventing use or registration of third-party marks; and work closely with outside counsel on any contested-party matters, whether at the TTAB or in federal court.
- Work cooperatively with the IOC in protecting the Olympic brand in the United States, and in connection with each Olympic Games.
- Work closely with USOC staff and USOC Sponsors to protect the value of Olympic sponsorships by preventing or stopping ambush marketing activities.
- Oversee and advise on responses to third-party requests to use USOC IP.
- Work closely with USOC staff in matters involving athlete images, including as to IOC Rule 40 and the USOC Athlete Endorsement Guidelines.
Minimum Qualifications Required
- Juris Doctor degree from a nationally recognized law school
Licensure & Certification:
- Admitted to practice law in the State of Colorado or the ability to obtain membership in a reasonable amount of time
- At least 8+ years of experience in intellectual property law with a focus on trademark practice, including having maintained a sizable trademark portfolio and worked extensively with the USPTO.
- At least 5 years of experience with trademark enforcement efforts, advising third parties of clients’ IP rights, working with infringers to obtain compliance with those rights, and negotiating and drafting settlement agreements.
- Substantial experience registering and managing URL portfolios.
- Some experience with negotiating and drafting license agreements is preferred.
- Prior experience representing amateur or professional sports organizations is beneficial but not required.
- Robust knowledge of trademark law
- Keen understanding of sponsorship and licensing issues
- Excellent written and communication skills, including public speaking
- Appreciation and sensitivity toward public relations issues
- Working knowledge of social media and internet platforms
- Ability to maintain complete confidentiality
- Working knowledge of IP protection software and programs
Tools, Equipment, & Conditions
- Standard office equipment
- Office environment on multi-building site
- Domestic and international travel as necessary
- Regular attendance at work is an essential job function
Colorado Springs Downtown Headquarters
$143,143 - $181,791