Pearson Intellectual Property and Rights Coordinator in Glenview, Illinois

Intellectual Property and Rights Coordinator


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Rights Management: Intellectual Property and Rights Coordinator

Function of Job:

Under general direction of assigned director, the Rights Coordinator will support all Rights Management tool sets including PRISM, GRDW, RAS, RMM, PGM and all future state systems. 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

  • Maintains copyright style guidelines for implementation in USLS products

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, Granting and Contract Management functionality

  • Assess rights data to determine the impact of agreements/partnerships and compliance to business terms

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

  • Record partnerships in a centralized database

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

  • Document all company IP infringements and engage with Legal as needed

  • Notify appropriate business stakeholders

  • Collaborate with product management, sales and marketing to prevent future infringement

Perform related duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree; Advanced degree (MS or PhD) in Intellectual Property preferred

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: US-NJ-Hoboken

Other Locations US-MA-Boston, US-IL-Glenview

Work Locations: US-NJ-Hoboken-221 River 221 River Street Hoboken 07030

Job: Legal

Organization: North America

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 29, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1815741

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.