Support Counsel, Trade Marks in England - London, United Kingdom

at British American Tobacco

Consumer Goods
Law Practice
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5 - 7 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female
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Job Description

As a Support Counsel (Trade Marks) you will assist and support the Trade Mark Counsel in providing expert legal advice to the global British American Tobacco (BAT) Group on issues pertaining to the marketing of the Company’s brands primarily the clearance, protection, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights in line with the Group Strategy in allocated regions and end markets.


  • Directly supporting Trade Mark Counsel in the provision of legal advice relevant to intellectual property in and the marketing of BAT’s brands on a global basis
  • The provision high quality advice on all trade mark, design and copyright issues to relevant business units and other legal colleagues
  • Building close working relationships with allocated regional and end market business and legal teams
  • Ensuring consistency in clearance, registration, renewal and enforcement practices on a global level
  • Reviewing, drafting and advising on all Intellectual Property (IP) related legal documents including trade mark licences and co-existence agreements
  • Undertaking trade mark clearance and protection for business projects
  • Managing judicial or administrative proceedings
  • Securing optimum performance from outside advisers and agents
  • Providing support to other functions within Central Legal on intellectual property issues (e.g. M&A, Anti-Illicit Trade, Regulatory, Strategic Litigation)
  • Actively engaging with intellectual property rights organisations on intellectual property issues that affect the interests of brand owners
  • Proactively engaging in the development and implementation of IP education and best practice initiatives


  • Professionally qualified lawyer
  • Relevant post qualification experience in intellectual property law
  • Good working knowledge of International trade mark laws and practices
  • Drafting skills for judicial and administrative submissions, commercial agreements, licences, assignments etc.with considerable attention to detail and accuracy
  • Good commercial judgement and an ability to understand and support the strategic aims of the business
  • Good interpersonal skills including an ability to translate IP issues into easily understandable terms and communicate across multiple functions
  • Considerable knowledge of competition and other commercial laws
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise heavy workloads
  • High degree of self-motivation with the ability to achieve defined and measurable results
  • Advanced computer literacy
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