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Careers that Change Lives

Medtronic seeks a highly qualified trademark counsel to join our IP team.  You'll manage trademark and copyright matters for multiple Medtronic operating units, and you will interact directly with business teams on product launches, including the protection of brands, trademarks, copyrights and domain names. This position reports to the IP Director, TM.

We believe that when people from different cultures, genders, and points of view come together, innovation is the result —and everyone wins. Medtronic walks the walk, creating an inclusive culture where you can thrive.

This position can reside in Minneapolis, MN or any of our other US Medtronic office locations.

A Day in the Life

Responsibilities may include the following and other duties may be assigned.

  • Managing a global trademark portfolio 
  • Handle trademark disputes, including preparing cease and desist letters and other correspondence relating to IP infringements, manage oppositions and cancellations; can successfully negotiate resolutions of disputes; draft settlement agreements  
  • Manage outside counsel handling TTAB proceedings and litigations and assist with anticounterfeit cases. 
  • Review and analysis of global trademark searches for clearance of use on products 
  • Draft and review licensing and other agreements, as needed, to support business operations 
  • Develop strategic relationships with operating unit marketing teams and enterprise branding and communication teams, and educate them on trademark and copyright basics 
  • Manage outside counsel to accomplish key deliverables on time and on budget 
  • Manage, implement and coordinate strategy that deals aggressively and systematically to protect the company’s core brand identity throughout the world 
  • Work with customs authorities, law enforcement agencies and legal representatives throughout the world to prevent the sale of counterfeit and copycat product, both online and offline 
  • Support and advise on trademark and copyright issues that may arise in M&A due diligence 
  • Model the Medtronic Mindset – acts boldly; competes to win; moves with speed and decisiveness; fosters belonging; and delivers results the right way 
Must Have: Minimum Requirements
  • J.D.
  • 5 years of experience in trademark and copyright law
  • Licensed member in good standing to practice in at least one state
Nice to Have
  • Prior litigation and/or in-house experience 
  • Ability to effectively translate IP issues to members of the creative, marketing, business, management and legal teams 
  • Creativity, attention to detail, commitment to customer service and excellent communication skills 
  • Strong multi-tasking skills and the ability to prioritize effectively to meet deadlines 
  • Able to thrive in ambiguity and make decisions amidst multiple, competing demands and activities  
  • A proactive partner with a pragmatic, solutions-oriented, and curious mindset 
  • Working knowledge of PowerPoint, Excel and Word applications  

About Medtronic

Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology, therapies and services can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life.  We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

We want to accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Let’s work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients’ lives. Help us shape the future.

Physical Job Requirements

The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. For Office Roles: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile. The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers. Contact your manager or local HR to understand the Work Conditions and Physical requirements that may be specific to each role. (ADA-United States of America)

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