Director Franchise Administration Compliance in Atlanta GA Resume Elizabeth Porter

Elizabeth Porter has been responsible for issuing over 200 franchise agreements, performing all legal compliance as required by law, and supervising enforcement of all franchise agreements.
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  Elizabeth J. Porter Marietta, GA 30068 (404) 863-1420 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE PRIMROSE SCHOOL FRANCHISING COMPANY Acworth, Georgia Director, Compliance 3/08 –  Present       Responsible for issuing over 200 franchise agreements, performing all legal compliance as required by law, and supervising enforcement of all franchise agreements    Work with executive team to maintain and revise Federal Disclosure Document    Responsible for the prosecution of entire corporate intellectual property portfolio, including trademark and copyright applications, Office actions, actions against infringers, and post-registration requirements    Assist outside counsel with litigation prep via e-discovery    Coordinate franchisee refinancing via lenders; negotiate Deferral and Forbearance Agreements with franchisees; and conduct all aspects of Transfer/Resale process of existing schools    Collaborate with team members to maximize profitability, including successfully collecting over $1,750,000 of past due royalties FINNEGAN, HENDERSON ET AL. Atlanta, Georgia Senior Trademark Manager/Paralegal 11/05  –   3/08 and 11/95-8/98    Maintained trademark docket that included large corporations with extensive worldwide intellectual property and required extensive client and foreign associate contact    Performed various litigation responsibilities as needed including identification,  preservation, harvesting, processing, culling, reviewing and producing e-discovery and assisting with large-scale document reviews    Prepared U.S. trademark/service mark applications and directed foreign associates as to new applications; prepared Office action responses; and assisted with corporate closings and due diligence work required at closings in connection with intellectual property GEORGIA-PACIFIC CORPORATION Atlanta, Georgia Marketing, Advertising, and Trademark/Senior Paralegal 3/05-10/05    Ordered, reviewed, and reported results of trademark availability searches to internal  business clients    Advised on use of trademarks on packaging, advertising, and contests    Worked with Product Managers to gather all necessary information for international trademark prosecution matters    Drafted third party use agreements and advised and prepared rules for same    Handled all aspects of domestic trademark prosecution including maintaining due dates, drafting trademark applications and responses to Office actions    Counseled internal business clients on proper trademark usage  MYERS, BIGEL SIBLEY & SAJOVEC Raleigh, North Carolina Intellectual Property and Litigation 9/02-3/05    Prepared all phases of foreign and domestic trademark prosecution for over 60 clients, including trademark docketing (CPI) and preparing responses to Office actions    Managed outside counsel in relation to patent litigation; responded to motions and requests;  prepared Information Disclosures for university clients relating to patent applications. FARMLAND INDUSTRIES, INC.   Kansas City, Missouri Senior Intellectual Property Paralegal 1/01-8/01    In-house responsibilities for entire FORTUNE 500 corporate intellectual property portfolio    Reviewed all subsidiary's websites for intellectual property compliance; managed outside counsel; and acted as facilitator between members of Farmland Co-operatives and legal group in terms of preparing patent applications and disclosures;    Advised marketing consultants on intellectual property issues for the company    Gathered responsive information for outside counsel in order to prepare response to foreign trademark and patent applications EDUCATION   University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA  Bachelor of Arts Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Paralegal Certificate PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS Certified Federal Mediator Certified Federal Arbitrator
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