Aspen Recruitment Vacancies – Group Legal Counsel

Website Aspen Pharma

Job Description:

The position also includes, from time to time, providing researched opinions and strategic direction to the business regarding all trademark and general IP-related matters, the diligent management of assigned trademark litigation and oppositions, and the supervision and training of support staff on trademark matters. The position is also responsible for offering transactional support to the business through research, detailed analysis, and reporting on registered and unregistered IP rights as well as the drafting of and review of IP-related clauses and agreements.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Adapt and comply with the ways of working within the Aspen Group Legal BU, including specifically the Aspen Values and honest application of personal Insights® profile (or similar From an Aspen Group service provider) to enhance interpersonal effectiveness.
  • At all times meet (or exceed) the Group Legal BU KPIs as agreed by the Group Executive: Legal with the Executive leadership of Aspen.
  • Management of the Global Aspen trademark portfolio, aligned with Group strategy, including the filing, prosecution, maintenance and renewal of all Aspen trademarks as well as the accuracy and maintenance of the IP database and records. Providing researched opinions on complex IP-related matters, based on expert knowledge of international trademark law, the business, and experience in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Meaningfully contribute and deliver ancillary legal work in Group Legal across – swim lane projects as allocated by the Group Executive: Legal.
  • Diligent and accurate monitoring of international watch notice reports received from Global Agents, identifying and investigating all risks to the Aspen trademark portfolio, advising on the appropriate action to protect Aspen’s trademark rights.The diligent management of all assigned contentious or litigious trademark matters, aligned with the applicable Aspen and Group Legal policies and procedures.Monitor, research, and report on new and amended trademark and/or IP-related legislation and regulations in relevant jurisdictions advising on the impact of such legislation on Aspen’s Intellectual Property Portfolio, highlighting any potential risk, and providing recommendations on how to mitigate such risks.

Job Requirements:

  • Ability to work effectively within a highly diverse global law department.
  • Independent management of the maintenance of a large international trademark portfolio.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to exercise sound business judgment and work independently but as a member of an integrated global law department.
  • Display a high level of interpersonal skills.
  • Be capable of creating functional IP (trademark) practices and processes for Aspen.
  • A natural default to accuracy.
  • Established conflict resolution as a default demeanor.
  • Lead or direct a diverse functional program through subordinates as applicable.
  • Capable to act as the authoritative source of knowledge on trademark matters within Aspen Legal and within the wider Aspen Group of companies.

Qualification & Experience:

  • At least 4 to 6 years’ relevant trademark experience.
  • Commercial IP experience, including the divestment, acquisition, and licensing of trademarks.
  • Sound legal commercial knowledge and experience.
  • Legal Degree (preferably LLB)
  • Membership of professional body (such as the Law Society of SA and the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL)
  • Postgraduate qualification as a trademark attorney (Trademark Practitioner).
  • Science qualification (preferably BPharm and or BSc) preferable

Job Details:

Company: Aspen Pharma

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, SA

Application Deadline: N/A

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