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Patent Paralegal Job Description

Patent refers to exclusive rights granted to an inventor for a fixed period of time. A qualified patent paralegal (also called patent specialist) works with a Patent Agent or Patent Attorney helping to file the legal documents required to secure a patent. Duties include: researching on patents; helping to draft patent applications; performing research for litigation proceedings; and handling the administration work involved with patenting inventions. Responsibilities also include: the filing of U.S., international, and foreign patent applications and related correspondence, from filing to issue; maintaining knowledge of latest patent rules; and monitoring and updating attorney dockets on a daily basis. A patent paralegal also assists with filing divisional and continuation applications; assists in due diligence and searching; creates and maintains claim sets, figure sets, status reports, visual packages, and portfolio summaries; prepares patent file history for review in proceedings, including indexing and table of contents; organizes exhibits and coordinates exhibit assembly; reviews applications for completeness and technical accuracy; transmits provisional patent applications; and understands patent claims structure. An Associates degree in paralegal studies or a Bachelors degree with a certificate in paralegal studies is required for paralegal jobs. Paralegals specializing in patent law usually start earning about $35,000 and with experience earn about $70,000 a year.


Here are a few sample patent paralegal job descriptions:

Foreign Patent Paralegal


The candidate should have 2+ years' experience to join its growing IP practice. In addition to a strong grasp of foreign filing procedure, must be well-versed in addressing administrative issues, tracking status of patent applications, coordinating incoming and outgoing file transfers, and executing formal documents to meet their deadlines.

U.S. and Foreign Patent Paralegal

The candidate should have 2+ years of U.S. and foreign patent paralegal experience, strong writing ability and exceptional communication skills, in sustaining close working relationships with attorneys, colleagues and clients.

Seeking a Patent Prosecution Paralegal to be responsible for patent prosecution paralegal duties. Must have College degree or 5+ years of patent prosecution experience. Bachelor’s degree is preferred. 5+ years' work experience in domestic and basic foreign intellectual property experience is preferred. Must have knowledge of USPTO rules and procedures. Should have a basic understanding of foreign patent prosecution procedures. Knowledge of filing requirements for convention (non-PCT) applications is needed. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including MS Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint is needed.  


Seeking a Patent Prosecution Paralegal to assist with design patent matters. Duties also include interacting with attorneys in domestic prosecution department. File creation and maintenance through life of a design patent application, from filing to patent issuance, including regular status checks in USPTO private status system. Preparing correspondence. Heavy database entry and maintenance. Maintenance of prior art books for major clients. Time entry and billing. Online and general research. Heavy contact with clients and foreign associates, as well as drafting services for preparation of design drawings. 1+ years of experience is needed. BA/BS degree is required. Proven experience with preparation and on-line filing of design patent applications, responses to office sections and assignments is needed.

Temporary Patent Paralegal

The candidate must have 3-5 years of patent prosecution experience.

Patent Prosecution Paralegal

The candidate must have patent prosecution experience and be familiar with FlexTrak Case Tracking System (CTS) and MicroSoft Office.

Patent Prosecution Paralegal

The candidate will be drafting and filing patent documents with the USPTO. Will be docketing filings, maintaining several attorney dockets for the US and abroad. Handling patent formalities (e.g., filing information disclosure statements). Corresponding with clients and foreign associates. Preparing sequence listings. Performing other administrative tasks as needed. Bachelor’s degree is required. Must have 2-5 years of relevant experience. Experience corresponding with clients, managing a docket, and completing United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) forms needed.

Patent Litigation Paralegal

The candidate will be responsible for drafting documents and handle Discovery matters. Will prepare for and attend hearings and trials. Retrieve, review, organize and produce documents. Maintain pleadings, documents and more. Assist in the preparation of briefs and motions papers and ancillary documents. Prepare exhibit lists and privilege logs. Assist with managing case calendar. Correspond with various clients, witnesses, courts, vendors, etc. Cite check, shepardize and bluebooking. Assist with supervising temporary staff when needed.

A BS/BA degree is required. Paralegal certificate a plus. The candidate should have 3+ years of patent litigation experience needed from a large law firm. Proficiency with Lexis, Westlaw, Pacer, Courtlink and Electronic Court Filings (ECF) together with a very strong knowledge of litigation support databases (Concordance, Ringtail, Summation, etc.) is a must. Some overtime and Occasional travel may be required.

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