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SVP & Head of Intellectual Property

Company: Warner Bros. Discovery, Warner Media
Location: Burbank
Posted on: January 23, 2023

Job Description:

Overview:Warner Bros. Discovery, a premier global media and entertainment company, offers audiences the world's most differentiatedand complete portfolio of content, brands and franchises across television, film, streaming and gaming. The new companycombines WarnerMedia's premium entertainment, sports and news assets with Discovery's leading non-fiction and international entertainment and sports businesses.Available in more than 220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Warner Bros. Discovery inspires, informs, and entertains audiences worldwide through its iconic brands and products, including Discovery Channel, discovery+, CNN, DC, Eurosport, HBO, HBO Max, HGTV, Food Network, OWN, Investigation Discovery, TLC, Magnolia Network, TNT, TBS, truTV, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Television, Warner Bros. Games, New Line Cinema, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies, Discovery en Espa--ol, Hogar de HGTV and others.Warner Bros. Discovery... "the stuff that dreams are made of" -Reporting to the General Counsel at Warner Bros. Discovery, the Head of Intellectual Property plays a critical role in thedevelopment and formulation of the overall Intellectual Property global legal strategy for the organization. This position isresponsible for the management of the evaluation process for proposed names and marks for trademark use by the variouscompanywide business units (e.g., Consumer Products, Animation, Telepictures, Home Entertainment), including the oversight for analysis of searches and opinions as to availability and risk. The role will provide executive level leadership and lead a global team of dedicated IP attorneys and legal professionals.Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage all aspects of the Intellectual Property legal group for all operating units, both domestically andinternationally
  • Oversee all legal matters pertaining to intellectual property strategy and management for the organization.
  • Oversee the negotiation and completion of agreements, confidential disclosures, material transfer, licensing agreementsand other intellectual property related matters.
  • Ensure the organization is in compliance with the legal and regulatory requirement of the country-(ies) in which itoperates.
  • Provide advice and counsel on a broad range of legal issues to the operating executives and management who supportthe Intellectual Property function.
  • Design, develop and implement legal policies and programs required to file and maintain patents, trademarks, copyrights,and registered designs that protect the organization's products and patentable items.
  • Serve as a key advisor to the business and partner with various functions throughout the company to identifyopportunities to protect intellectual property and to provide patentability, freedom-to-operate, and other legal opinions andrisk assessments.
  • Ensure the organization's intellectual property are protected and do not infringe on the patents of others, including:Structuring/negotiating patent licenses and intellectual property agreements (e.g., copyrights, trademarks, databaserights, design rights, domain names, etc.).
  • Supervise and/or partner with outside counsel on the application for, and the enforcement, or defense of, intellectualproperty and patent rights, through domestic and international litigation.Qualifications:
    • The successful candidate has at least 15 years of relevant experience protecting and enforcing intellectual propertyrights.
    • Experience as in-house counsel and/or within entertainment industry preferred, but not required
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; and ability to influence to collaborate effectively are essential
    • Ability to conceptualize and articulate practical and creative solutions to meet business needs and legal requirements
    • Ability to lead and develop strong, strategic team of attorneys and legal professionals
    • Ability to spot and analyze complex issues and devise practical strategies and solutions
    • Knowledge of law and the legal environment of the entertainment industry sufficient to prepare legal documents,represent the Company in legal proceedings, and advise Company management
    • Experience overseeing trademark portfolio management and content security strategy
    • Experience applying a patent strategy within an organization, preferably from an in-house position
    • Extensive experience counseling senior executives at the highest level and has a proven ability to become a trustedadvisor to them regarding IP issues
    • Must be able to prepare, negotiate, and interpret agreements and other legal documents
    • Must be able to research legal questions and be able to clearly articulate and visually present complex legal adviceEducation: An undergraduate degree is required; a J.D. degree from an accredited law school is required, plus admission to the bar in one state is required; Bar membership must be in good standing -In compliance with local law, we are disclosing the compensation, or a range thereof, for roles that will be performed in New York City. Actual salaries will vary and may be above or below the range based on various factors including but not limited to location, experience, and performance. The range listed is just one component of Warner Bros. Discovery's total compensation package for employees. Pay Range: $310,000 -$575,000 salary per year.Other rewards may include annual bonuses, short- and long-term incentives, and program-specific awards. In addition, Warner Bros. Discovery provides a variety of benefits to employees, including health insurance coverage, an employee wellness program, life and disability insurance, a retirement savings plan, paid holidays and paid time off (PTO). -Discovery requires vaccination for employment consideration, except where prohibited by law. Discovery will consider requests for exemption from this requirement upon an offer of employment. Employees with approved exemptions due to health or religious reasons must abide by weekly rigorous COVID-19 testing protocols.Discovery Communications, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Discovery is committed to being an employer of choice, not just a good place to work, but a great and inclusive place to work. To that end, we strive to recruit and maintain a workforce that meaningfully represents the diverse and culturally rich communities that we serve. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disabled status or, genetic information.We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including but not limited to all local Fair Chance Ordinances. - -If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation during the application process, please send an email request to -

Keywords: Warner Bros. Discovery, Warner Media, Burbank , SVP & Head of Intellectual Property, Other , Burbank, California

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