Senior Trademark Counsel

Senior Trademark Counsel
Amsterdam - Netherlands
The adidas Group strives to be
the global leader in the sporting
goods industry with sports
brands built on passion for
sports and the sporting lifestyle.
Why adidas Group?
Our employees have the
opportunity and responsibility
each day to come up with an
idea or innovation that may
propel an athlete somewhere in
the world to make their dreams
a reality. If you like our products,
just wait until you meet the
people who make them.
Group Legal
Global Trademarks
Direct Reporting Line:
Head of Legal, Group Trademarks
Indirect/secondary reporting line:
The Netherlands
Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:
To advise on all aspects of the creation, maintenance, protection and enforcement of adidas
Group trademarks, designs and other intellectual property except patents, in designated
countries and regions. The adidas Group comprises the following brands: adidas, Reebok,
Rockport, CCM, Taylor Made, Ashworth and Adams.
Key Responsibilities:
Advise on all aspects assigned to the Employee of the clearance of adidas Group
names and designs against third party rights, and compliance with Group trade mark
Advise on all aspects assigned to the Employee of the filing, prosecution, maintenance
and oppositions, in designated countries, of adidas Group trademarks and designs,
including compliance with adidas Group filing policies; oppositions to third party
trademarks and designs in the designated countries.
Manage enforcement of adidas Group trademarks and designs in designated countries
within EMEA, including both criminal and civil action, anti-counterfeiting, and the
protection of the 3-Stripes mark.
Draft and negotiate agreements (in English) with a significant IP aspect such as
technical collaborations, consultancy agreements, joint development agreements, coexistence/settlement agreements and simple licence agreements. Advise the business
on the IP aspects of other commercial agreements and transactions.
Promote awareness of adidas Group intellectual property including training and
presentations to Innovation, Marketing and Design teams and participation in induction
courses for new adidas Group employees.
Manage a team of assistants / paralegals /brand protection managers) within the
Global Trademarks team.
Manage outside lawyers and service suppliers.
Liaise with other members of the Global Trademarks and Global Patents teams,
including in other regions.
Manage special projects relating to intellectual property matters agreed with the
Director Trademarks, from time to time.
Set and manage budget for aspects of assigned work in designated countries and
Key Relationships:
Members of Global Trademarks, Global Patents and other teams within Legal Global
Marketing, Design and Innovation teams
External lawyers and service suppliers
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Good English language drafting skills and business acumen
Team player and ability to manage and develop direct reports effectively
Strong intelligence and flexibility to manage diverse range of trade mark and design
matters, and the ability to prioritize complex workload
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:
Qualified lawyer with a minimum of 5 years’ experience
At least 5 years’ experience in managing major trade mark portfolios or trade mark
Fluent English, a second language desirable (e.g, German, French, Spanish)
If you are interested please apply on adidas career website: