Lead Paralegal, Trademarks

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 02, 2020
Dec 03, 2020
Employment Status
Full Time

Classification: Exempt

Date: November 2020

About us:

Target is an iconic brand, a Fortune 50 company and one of America's leading retailers.

To match the signature style and passion of Target's distinctive and beloved retail brand, Target Legal Affairs is a dynamic and deeply knowledgeable team of legal pros, each with valuable expertise from several disciplines. Whether specializing in government affairs, policy, risk management, regulatory compliance, ethics or employee and labor relations, this team advocates for Target and its business plans in communities across the nation and works across the entire company to provide internal clients with cohesive guidance. We are committed to being internal experts to both internal and external entities on key issues that affect Target's ability to productively do business. We focus on defining, investigating, anticipating and ultimately mitigating risk in all its forms. We apply our grasp of brand law by overseeing, maintaining and ensuring correct, consistent and authorized use of Target's signature Bullseye logo, assets and other trademarked material. We help protect Target and its subsidiaries by applying our comprehensive understanding and interpretation of the laws that govern our stores, distribution centers and corporate locations. Here, you'll enjoy working autonomously with a healthy work-life balance. Your passion for learning the business and building relationships with the senior leaders and key business partners that you support will be key to tackling the ever-changing legal challenges we face in a dynamic and fast-paced retail landscape. From brand and patent law to contract development and negotiations, you'll be challenged and gratified by a role with Target Legal Affairs.

A role in Intellectual Property and Brands means working with the Brands team to manage all of Target's intellectual property while advising teams who use owned brands. You'll review and search our brands and products to analyze them against others' intellectual property and clear new items for Target. And you'll help execute the registration and licensing of Target's intellectual property while monitoring and enforcing their correct usage and defending against infringement.

  • Review and analyze internal use of trademarks in advertising and on goods, packaging and labeling. Resolve issues concerning trademark use and registration from internal business partners.
  • Respond to requests for trademark and copyright clearance, conduct research and search trademark and copyright databases, analyze search results, make recommendations, and provide direct responses to business partners with business and legal recommendations and risk assessments.
  • Partner with trademark team to manage day-to-day responsibilities of U.S. and foreign trademark prosecution, maintenance and inter partes proceedings.
  • Partner with multiple internal resources to investigate and resolve claims of infringement while interacting with all areas of the company, vendors and outside counsel.
  • Investigate and scrutinize third-party use of use of trademarks and copyrighted material. Prioritize and direct enforcement efforts and manage follow-up.
  • Review and analyze counterfeiting issues. Partner with business and intellectual property attorneys to provide legal recommendations and risk assessments.

Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.

About you:
  • 4 year degree
  • 5+ years of experience in a law firm or law department. The preferred candidate will have deep experience with a wide array of trademark and copyright matters, as well as familiarity with other areas of intellectual property.
  • Experience with Anaqua or other intellectual property docketing software
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team-oriented environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-starter with a demonstrated ability to solve problems and exhibit significant initiative
  • Able to manage multiple large tasks simultaneously and prioritize workload with a strong attention to detail while meeting tight timelines
  • Ability to manage outside counsel and provide direction to others
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills
  • Proficient in computer databases, third party searching databases and Microsoft Office

  • Marketing, advertising and social media law
  • Customs recordal and enforcement
  • Litigation

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Target will provide reasonable accommodations (such as a qualified sign language interpreter or other personal assistance) with the application process upon your request as required to comply with applicable laws. If you have a disability and require assistance in this application process, please visit your nearest Target store or Distribution Center or reach out to Guest Services at 1-800-440-0680 for additional information.


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