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Intellectual Property Analyst

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Pearson plc

Boston, MA

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Rights Management: Intellectual Property and Rights Relationship Manager

Function of Job:

Under general direction of assigned director, the Enterprise Rights Manager will be the primary R/P lead for all Rights Management tool sets including PRISM, GRDW, and RAS. Additionally, the incumbent will manage intellectual property assets and rights clearance projects by providing professional support in the identification, licensing, marketing, and reporting of Pearson Learning Services intellectual property.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Rights Management Strategy: Planning and Compliance

1.Serves as a resource to the individual Business Unit Product Development, Product Management and Marketing groups, and to Integrated Marketing Services on all issues related to rights, copyrights, and license terms and conditions.

Support the Business Units with Copyright Notice Language and branding matters

Reviews marketing materials such as catalogs for marks and IP

Research trademarks to determine if they are viable for new products

Advise on standard copyright formats and requirements

2.Supports Partnership agreements, acquisitions and divestitures

3.Guides the Business Units and the Company in implementing and understanding the mandated permission securing policies

Advise on legal and business terms related to Pearson licenses and third-party contracts to ensure alignment to a project rights strategy

Identify products require copyright registrations

Socialize the benefits of copyright protection and the importance of registrations

Rights Management: Data Management

1.Maintain the Preferred Sources Master Roster to include new preferred vendors and revisions to existing agreements/partnerships

2.Engage with content providers to procure usage reports and login credentials for new users

3.Identify product family and extract data sets from reporting platforms or Rights Management System to support compliance efforts

Work with technology teams to resolve system breaks and errors

Assist with building an enhanced rights management system that would include IP, Sub-rights and Contract Management functionality

Intellectual Property Management

1.Assess Intellectual Property matters related to releases, legal clauses and IP practices and provide guidance as needed

Organize and update policies on IP matters including but not limited to copyright notices and legal clauses on third-party contracts

Field general IP questions particularly as it relates to copyright, trademarks, right of publicity and privacy issues.

Research current case law related to copyright issues

Socialize and maintain information on media platform available to Product Development, Product Management and other interested parties

2.Manage and protect third party intellectual property by analyzing its uses or proposed uses in programs and products to ensure that such uses are aligned with the applicable rights obtained from rights holders.

Evaluate status of rights package for asset(s) and/or product(s) to determine if rights are available or require additional clearance

Assess any rights restrictions that would limit the creation of adaptations or derivatives

Processes and advises on rights review requests

Memorialize copyright registrations within the copyright database

3.Protect company Intellectual Property by investigating unauthorized uses and distributing take down notices to infringers

Document all company IP infringements

Notify appropriate business stakeholders

Collaborate with sales and marketing to prevent future infringement

Perform related duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

Advanced degree (MS or PhD) in Intellectual Property

2 – 4 years’ experience managing IP with an education and/or media company

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of state, federal, and international laws regarding technology transfer and intellectual property.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)

Strong organizational and analytical skills.

Strong consultative skills with the confidence and ability to enforce rules.

Ability to work independently and in teams.

Ability to convey and apply patent rules and IP policies

Ability to handle sensitive matters with discretion, tact, and confidentiality.

Computer literacy with standard word processing, MS Office Suite (i.e., Excel, Word, PowerPoint), email, Internet applications, and USPTO systems (EFS-Web, PAIR).


Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location:


Other Locations

US-MA-Boston, US-IL-Glenview

Work Locations:

US-NJ-Hoboken-221 River 221 River Street Hoboken 07030




North America

Employee Status:

Regular Employee

Job Type:



Day Job

Job Posting:

Jan 4, 2018

Job Unposting:



Full-time Regular

Req ID:


Company info

Pearson plc
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Company Profile
Welcome to Pearson. Around a decade ago, we set out to make this a learning company. (We said, a little too immodestly for my liking, that we wanted to become the world’s leading learning company). We’ve made some progress along the way. But whatever we’ve accomplished, we recognize the wisdom in Alexander Pope’s observation. We can’t stop at a little; there is so much more to do. Tens of millions of students still don’t even have the chance to go to school. Many more fall behind or drop out of education completely, as adults languish without the skills to realize their dreams.

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