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nnJob DescriptionnReynolds American Incorporated is positively transforming the tobacco industry. We’re a family of companies that strives for success in everything we do. The future inspires us because our people are igniting the breakthroughs that are redefining the ways adult tobacco consumers enjoy tobacco in the 21st century.r r When other companies talk about growth, they only talk about size. At RAI, we focus on the growth of our people. We take pride in each other’s growth and well-being throughout our careers. We invest in your career and total well-being because we know our companies succeed when our people thrive.r r At the RAI companies you’ll have the opportunity to work on iconic brands and revolutionary products by collaborating with visionary, principled and passionate people every day.r r This position is within Reynolds American Services Company—a subsidiary that provides support services, including compliance, HR, law, finance, information management, and more to all of the subsidiaries of RAI.r r  r Perform and manage activities and processes relevant to the trademark related activities of RAI’s companies.  Manage and update databases of state and local laws related to tobacco products, and manage the dissemination of such information to applicable departments, functions, and personnel.  Legal and fact research on intellectual property (non-patent), marketing, and other subject matters.r r r r PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESr r (Essential Functions)r r r r Perform and manage activities and processes related to the trademark portfolios of RAI’s companies and to other trademark related activities of RAI’s operating companies.  This work includes, but is not limited to, the following:r r r r r Working with in-house and outside counsel on all trademark and other non-patent intellectual property related activitiesr Performing, reviewing, and analyzing trademark searchesr Registering, prosecuting, renewing, and maintaining trademark rightsr Monitoring competitive and infringing trademark activitiesr Managing trademark recordkeeping systemsr Performing activities related to stopping trademark infringement, the importation of counterfeit products, gray market merchandise, etceterar Periodic preparation of various reports concerning trademark portfoliosr Such other assistance as may be required by in-house and outside counselr r r r r Manage and update law department databases of state and local laws related to the marketing, sale, and distribution of tobacco products (examples include regulations on sales, sampling laws, coupon regulations, pricing regulations, flavored tobacco product regulations, age of purchase laws, etcetera).  This work involves, but is not limited to, the following:r r r r r Daily/routine researching of numerous external state and local law databases to identify existing, amended, and new lawsr Daily/routine monitoring of various reporting services to identify new and amended lawsr Preparing and updating master lists, charts, and tables of applicable lawsr Serving as a primary resource for in-house counsel and various business personnel for information on state and local restrictionsr Routinely advising applicable personnel on regulationsr r r r r Other activities as requested by in-house attorneys.r r r r r r JOB SPECIFICATIONSr r r r Education:                               Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalentr r r r Knowledge/Experience:          Minimum 5 years of experience in trademark area. r r r r Special Skills/Attributes:        r r r Strong research skillsr Strong project management skillsr Strong ability to work independentlyr Ability to work and communicate effectively, with minimal supervision, with in-house and outside counselr Ability to work and communicate effectively, with minimal supervision, with internal departments, functions, and personnelr r r Compensation/Targeted Bonusr r r Competitive Annual Salaryr Targeted Annual Bonusr Relocation assistance available for those who qualify.r r r r r Benefit Summaryr r Our company offers very competitive compensation and benefit plans, including:r r r 401(k) plan that offers opportunity to save on pre- and post-tax basis up to 50 percent of eligible compensation. Company matches 100 percent of employee pre-tax/Roth (401k) contributions up to six percentr Comprehensive health- and welfare-benefits packager Eleven paid company holidays annually, plus a generous paid vacation plan based on length of servicer Company-paid sick and personal days, funeral leave and jury duty leaver Confidential personal financial counseling servicer On-site health clinics and fitness centersr A matching grants program that enables employees to direct and double their donations to qualifying charitable organizations of their choicer Health-care advocacy servicer Volunteer service opportunitiesr Federal credit union membership through Allegacy Federal Credit Unionr Extensive training opportunities  r r r ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION:r r Reynolds American Inc. is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of British American Tobacco p.l.c., and the U.S. parent company of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc.; American Snuff Company, LLC; Niconovum USA, Inc.; Niconovum AB; R. J. Reynolds Vapor Company; Lorillard Licensing Company, LLC; and Reynolds Brands, Inc..r r r Reynolds American Inc. and its affiliated companies is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.r r All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.r r Our organization offers a level of challenge, responsibility and creativity for motivated employees that stands apart from the crowd.r r We are also committed to employing a diverse workforce and valuing different perspectives, experiences and talents to maximize the company's potential for successfully achieving its business objectives.r r -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------r r r Only applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should ****r r Email: ****

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