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IP Paralegal The candidate responsibilities include: Patent Searching (Prior Art, Patentability, Validity, Infringement) â€“ developing and executing search strategies, reviewing and gathering relevant references, and discussing search results with team members. Patent Watches â€“ set-up and manage relevant watches for patents and trademarks, and communicate and discuss relevant results with team members. Obtain, as needed, patent copies, file histories and references â€“ obtain relevant records based on team needs. Trademark - Assists Trademark analyst in conducting first pass searches in the USPTO and other foreign databases; backup for Trademark manager. Acquisitions and Mergers - as needed, prepare patent and trademark portfolios, assignment histories, conduct searches, and generate reports for merger and acquisition activities. Conduct health assessments and integration of intellectual property into Albemarleâ€™s docketing and electronic record management systems. Manage internal processes for annuity payments and docketing. IP Budget - assist in preparing overall intellectual property budget for the upcoming year including projected costs associated with patent filings, translations, patent prosecution, patent annuities, trademark filings, trademark watches, domain name filings, domain name watches, patent and trademark litigation and patent and trademark searches. Preferably has the ability to act as a back-up for management and negotiation of Confidentiality Agreements. Databases and Software â€“ Management and oversight of various internal and external databases and processes for the intellectual property group. Must have Bachelor or higher degree(s) in related field or technical discipline. Working knowledge of trademark and patent laws and regulations required. Should have 5-10 years of experience working within a legal field. Experience in preparing and forecasting budgets for patent and trademark portfolios preferred. Experience in integrating and divesting patent and trademark portfolios in M&A business environments desired. International, global business knowledge preferred.
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