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Legal Counsel - IP/Trademark

$160,000- $238,000/ year
Posted Apr 19
Full Time
On Site
St. Louis, Missouri

Position Summary

Our employees worldwide are committed to great brands such as Nespresso, Petfinder, Nescafé Dolce Gusto, San Pellegrino, DiGiorno, Coffee Mate, Purina, and more. The best of Legal professionals think ahead of the business needs. You’re proactive—regularly lending a hand to what we need before we need it, while keeping the organization compliant with standards and practices. You know all the ins and outs—many of the details most of us will never know. You’ll surround yourself with teams and projects that are making history in the pet care and consumer product industries. We’re leaning on you for those details that make an immeasurable difference in every area of what we do.

As a member the Intellectual Property Counsel (Trademark) team, you’ll ensure that Nestlé’s Brand Intellectual Property assets are strategically developed, appropriately managed, and sufficiently protected to support our business. You’ll work in close collaboration with U.S. based Brand IP team and the Nestlé global Brand IP organization.

  • Work in close collaboration with U.S. business teams, Brand & Marketing Properties team at Nestlé HQ in Vevey, Switzerland and commercial legal departments
  • Act as point of contact for legal and business teams to provide general legal advice on Intellectual Property matters (trademark, copyright, trade dress, design patents, social media, and domain names)
  • Ensure that the Global Brand IP policies and guidelines are consistently applied
  • Manage the IP portfolios (primarily trademark), including:
      • Managing trademark clearance, providing clients with trademark availability and infringement analysis and risk mitigation strategies. Manage budget for trademark clearance
      • Support prosecution of trademark applications and design patents
      • Manage U.S. Trademark Office enforcement/defense in close collaboration with Nestlé USA, Nestlé Purina, and HQ legal teams
      • Review, draft, and manage 3rd party agreements relating to trademarks, copyrights, trade dress, and designs
  • Analyze and advise business on potential trademark and copyright infringement issues within the social media, advertising, and e-commerce context
  • Manage the design patent portfolios, including: attending client meetings to ensure early clearance of proposed packaging and product designs and preparation of design patent applications
  • Develop and implement client education, training, and subject matter guidelines in order to build IP awareness within the organization


  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an accredited law school
  • Active bar admission in good standing in the United States
  • 5+ years of professional trademark legal experience


  • Experience working in-house preferred


Position has option of working in either St. Louis, MO or Arlington, VA office locations

The approximate pay range for this position is $160,000.00 to $238,000.00. Please note that the pay range provided is a good faith estimate for the position at the time of posting. Final compensation may vary based on factors including but not limited to knowledge, skills, and abilities as well as geographic location. Nestlé offers performance-based incentives and a competitive total rewards package, which includes a 401k with company match, healthcare coverage and a broad range of other benefits. Incentives and/or benefit packages may vary depending on the position. Learn more at About Us | Making an Impact | Nestle Careers (


It is our business imperative to remain a very inclusive workplace.

To our veterans and separated service members, you're at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join Nestlé. The skills you've gained while serving our country, such as flexibility, agility, and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role.  In addition, with our commitment to an inclusive work environment, we recognize the exceptional engagement and innovation displayed by individuals with disabilities.  Nestlé seeks such skilled and qualified individuals to share our mission where you’ll join a cohort of others who have chosen to call Nestlé home.

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