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Design Patent Paralegal

Design Patent Paralegal

Beaverton | Oregon | United States

Become a Part of the NIKE, Inc. Team

NIKE, Inc. does more than outfit the world's best athletes. It is a place to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can grow, think, dream and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders and visionaries. At Nike, it's about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game.

Legal, Corporate Services

Like any winning team, Nike, Inc. relies on talented, ambitious individuals to thrive. Every day, the Corporate Service teams raise the bar on excellence. The diverse disciplines that make up these teams include Finance, Facilities, Legal, Human Resources, Procurement, Child Development, Administrative Support, Strategic Planning and more. Corporate Services drives innovation in process, technologies and services, while fueling the company with exceptional levels of support.

Nike, Inc.'s rapid pace of innovation demands a Legal team that is always on the offense. And they're always on their game - with the mission to advance and guide Nike's business through innovative, offense-minded counsel. Nike attorneys, paralegals and other specialists in law provide inventive approaches and superior counsel to Nike's global business. As Nike changes the future of sport, the Nike Legal team drives competition, ingenuity and integrity in the marketplace.
Description

From the beginning, we just wanted to sell better shoes to runners. We never set out to be anything as ambitious as a 'design' company." But driven by an entrepreneur who saw a better way, fueled by a coach's obsessive refusal to leave well enough alone and challenged by a runner who pushed every limit he ever encountered, we discovered something: That sometimes the only way to find what you're looking for, is to make it yourself.

As a key member of the Nike Trademark & Design Patent Team, your core responsibilities will be:
  • Research and keep aware of new product offerings from all areas of the NIKE business, including all brands under the NIKE umbrella. 
  • According to established design patent program strategy and guidelines, assist in choosing new creations to pursue for design patent protection; research disclosure dates and histories as well as inventorship for projects. 
  • Collect sample products and drawings; facilitate design conferences with NIKE inventors and outside legal counsel. 
  • Ensure timely preparation of design patent applications by outside counsel; monitor design patent applications from receipt through execution and on to filing both domestically and internationally. 
  • Oversee the design patent data management system; coordinate with outside legal counsel to ensure timely and accurate data collection. Work with other team members to provide reporting of design patent prosecution and enforcement efforts. 
  • Serve as a resource for law firms, other NIKE Legal team members and outside vendors to facilitate timely and accurate electronic billing and maintenance fee reporting. Facilitate file management for the design patent program within NIKE Legal's document management system. 
  • Serve as a resource and conduit for NIKE business team members in need of NIKE Legal services, regardless of subject matter. Continuously and appropriately coordinate activities of protecting NIKE intellectual property with other IP team members from Utility Patents, IP Litigation, IP Transactions, and Brand Protection teams. 


Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree and/or paralegal certificate required with at least 2-3 years of patent application and prosecution experience.
  • Experience in facilitating patenting process including, but not limited to, knowledge of patent and invention law, patent application process, and infringement proceedings. Strong preference for specific design patent prosecution experience, both in the US and internationally.
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Office suite (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint). 
  • Experience with patent data management systems preferred; experience with Anaqua strongly preferred.
  • Excellent oral communication and presentation skills required.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; a team player able to establish and build partnerships within all levels of NIKE's organization.
  • Must have the ability to multi-task, manage multiple priorities, and deliver results in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self-sufficiency and proven capability of high quality, high volume delivery with minimal supervision.
  • Highly organized, proactive, and can prioritize among the many competing work demands.


NIKE, Inc. is a growth company that looks for team members to grow with it. Nike offers a generous total rewards package, casual work environment, a diverse and inclusive culture, and an electric atmosphere for professional development. No matter the location, or the role, every Nike employee shares one galvanizing mission: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.

NIKE, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or disability.

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