HUGO BOSS is one of the leading premium fashion and lifestyle companies with around 14,600 employees worldwide. As the most important interface for our customers, you will demonstrate your passion for our products and act as a brand ambassador for HUGO BOSS. Join a team that provides an exceptional brand and shopping experience with enthusiasm, fun and expertise – because, to create something extraordinary, we must explore new paths together. Shape your own future at HUGO BOSS!

Intellectual Property Junior Counsel
HUGO BOSS Fashions, Inc. | New York City | United States | Full-time

Manage and enhance HUGO BOSS`s (IP) strategy and all related activities and programs in the United States (U.S.). Work directly with the Global IP Manager and U.S. Legal team on all IP matters, including search and clearances, filings and renewals, portfolio optimization, prosecutions, investigations, brand enforcement actions, monitoring programs, on-line and social media platforms, C&D letters and pre-contentious and litigation matters.

Protect, defend, safeguard and enforce HUGO BOSS`s IP rights and the HUGO BOSS Brand reputation and goodwill in the U.S. Implement and execute HUGO BOSS`s global IP strategy in the U.S. and develop strong and cost-effective action plans and programs. Increase results both off-line and on-line. Manage and allocate the U.S. IP budget in a cost-effective manner and analyze and report results and areas of improvements. Provide regular reports to the Global IP Management based in Switzerland.

There is an emphasis on working closely and partnering internationally with a variety of different in-house stakeholders and teams, across various countries and departments, to provide business driven and practical advice, creative solutions and support the brand on a wide range of IP projects, product and content launches and issues. This role is based in New York. 


What you can expect:

Responsibilities include, but not limited to the following:


Critical Skills:

  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to provide business-oriented strategic, practical advice and creative solutions;
  • Ability to handle sensitive/confidential information requiring a high level of discretion and integrity;
  • Attention to detail, organization, efficiency and preparedness;
  • Business oriented, with a problem-solving attitude;
  • Sees the big picture and understands how own actions and decisions impact others and the organization as a whole
  • Ability to work under time constraints and to adapt to a very fast-paced and frequently changing environment; ability to multi-task and juggle competing priorities;
  • Technical writing and drafting skills;
  • Professionalism and excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills that are adaptable based on the audience; comfort in communicating to senior management and internal clients at all levels of the organization;
  • Teamwork attitude and ability to work with an international team;
  • Highly motivated and committed to excellence and dedication in terms of time, efforts, work product and results;


Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Take active and strategic role in all intellectual property matters in the U.S., work closely with the Global IP Manager and execute HUGO BOSS programs, strategy and guidelines;
  • Manage the U.S. IP budget and all related IP programs, actions and efforts in the U.S.;
  • Advise and partner with the business by providing day-to-day IP support, analysis and counselling relating to portfolio management (trademarks, trade dress and copyrights), new collections and content, and brand protection and enforcement matters;
  • Closely collaborate with the IP team around the world and IP outside counsel to develop a strong IP action plan in the U.S. and a cost-effective related strategy. Implement and execute HUGO BOSS global IP strategy in the U.S. Increase ROI and IP results at large both on qualitative and quantitative standpoints (KPIs);
  • Analyze new projects and carry out clearances, searches, prior art analyses and project assessment through on-line IP database and web searches and case law;
  • Draft, review and analyze intellectual property-related documents (agreements; assignments, licenses, contracts, letter of consent releases, C&D letters, take down notices, oppositions);
  • Prepare legal analyses, opinions, memoranda and IP assessments;
  • Handle anti-counterfeiting and enforcement matters and programs and oversee investigative firms;
  • Work closely with the HUGO BOSS Legal IP Department based in Zug (Switzerland) regarding anti-counterfeiting as well as oversee the Intellectual Property support responsibilities;
  • Coordinate and liaise with outside counsel and review pre-litigation and litigation filings, collect and secure evidence;
  • Define and implement a solid defensive strategy; mitigate possible risks and issues at large both on intellectual property and reputational risk standpoints. 
  • Strongly collaborate and exchange best practices with third-party U.S. digital platforms and social media channels. Maximize the use of technology and use of IP tools, protocols and programs. Closely collaborate with U.S. IP associations and law and brand enforcement agencies in the U.S. Increase trainings, joint actions and raids. 

Your profile:

  • J.D. from top law school; must be admitted to, active and in good standing with the New York State Bar.
  • 3-5 years of IP experience with top IP law firm or practice group and/or corporate in-house IP/legal department;
  • Foreign language skills (preferably German) and international experience abroad are a plus.
  • Strong, hands-on experience in intellectual property matters;
  • In-depth knowledge of and strong background in brand enforcement, clearances, IP on-line programs, trademark, copyright and other IP issues and portfolios;
  • Familiarity and comfort with latest digital technologies and marketplace, social media and communication platforms; strong computer skills and software application proficiency in platforms such as Excel, PowerPoint, MS Word as well as IP-based data and search tools
  • Experience and work with IP Management software as DiamsIQ, Origo and others.
  • Sees the big picture and understands how own actions and decisions impact others and the organization as a whole
  • Job is not remote and is located in New York City - No relocation allowance is being offered at this time. 



Your benefits:

HUGO BOSS offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes:

  • Hybrid Working Model
  • Flexible Commuting
  • Flexible Fridays & Summer Fridays
  • Medical, Dental, Vision Benefits with Health Saving Account (HSA) option
  • 401(K) with company match
  • Flex Spending Account (FSA)
  • Commuter Benefits (Pre-tax)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Generous Employee Discount Program
  • 21 paid days off (pro-rated based on first year of employment) plus your Birthday off
  • Voluntary Benefits and Critical Illness
  • Company sponsored Life and Disability benefits
  • Discounts for auto/home/pet insurance 
  • Gym membership discount

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City