Job Requisition Number: 25926. The Office of Business Contracts and Brand Protection (BCBP) oversees business contracts for the Berkeley campus and provides guidance on trademarks and intellectual property. Core to our values is conducting our operations in a socially responsible manner to further the University's mission of teaching, research and public service.
•Counsels campus departments in the execution of highly complex, specialized agreements and provides appropriate business, policy and legal review. •As required, coordinates and ensures the execution of the agreement for The Regents of the University of California (The Regents). •Drafts complex or highly specialized exceptions to agreement terms and conditions as required by campus guidelines, rules, regulations, etc. •Collaborates and coordinates with key stakeholders, other campus contracting offices, as well as with internal control units, such as the Office of Legal Affairs and the Office of Risk Services to assess and minimize risks in proposed transactions, and/or manage risk as appropriate. •Recommends dispute resolution efforts to resolve failures in performance and/or addresses confrontations before the matter is referred to litigation. •Drafts and approves the provisions of the agreement or amendment, demand letter, cease and desist letter and/or dispute resolution provision relating to intellectual property. •Negotiates with corporate, educational institutions or government and other non-profit institutions regarding the legal provisions of the agreement. •Addresses potential conflicts of interest between the objectives of the University in undertaking the contracted activity, the policies/regulations of the University, and an external entity’s business/commercial objectives. •Monitors changes in law, practice or policy that affects intellectual property-based private sector relationships and informs the unit’s director and others as necessary, such as departmental Contract Coordinators. •Analyzes impact to the campus of changes in regulations, policies and procedures regarding private sector funding in respect to intellectual property rights. •Maintains accurate and organized files documenting contractual transactions including using the Business Contract Management System (BCMS) or other similar database. •Works with highly confidential material. •Participates in process improvement activities •Participates in staff development •Provides coaching to Contract Administrator 3 as needed. •Other duties as assigned.•Advanced knowledge of contracting principles and practices, methods and procedures used in transactional business contract development, especially associated with income generation. •Advanced knowledge of contract law, especially related to foreign and domestic business relationships, intellectual property licensing, and other relevant rules, guidelines, policies and practices. •Advanced written, verbal and interpersonal communications; advanced ability to deal with broad and diverse constituencies with advanced customer service orientation and skills. •Advanced experience and knowledge of primarily Trademark and Copyright laws, and Federal and State laws associated with business contracts in academia •Advanced skill to apply, interpret, and implement complex policy, technical and legal concepts to a wide variety of situations, and to use mature judgment in resolving related issues and problems. •Highly developed analytical skills, including analysis of relevant facts and report writing, seasoned experience researching, drafting, negotiating and preparing complex contracts. •Able to exercise independent initiative and considerable judgment in advising both academic and administrative officers and staff. •Highly developed analytical skills and knowledge of legal language needed to protect against anticipated risk •Must be able to maintain highly confidential material •Strong Microsoft Office Suite computer skills as well as Adobe Acrobat, database and the use of search engines skills •Ability to work independently while managing multiple projects. Outstanding written and oral communication skills and exceptional interpersonal skills. •At least 5-8 years of experience drafting complex and novel agreements •Advanced organizational, presentation and negotiation skills. •Advanced listening, political acumen skills and problem recognition, avoidance and resolution skills. •Advanced knowledge of the campus, including its infrastructure, goals, mission, rules, policies, guidelines, etc.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.