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Legal Assistant The candidate will have a variety of responsibilities and would support the patent and trademark team and the corporate legal team. Will maintain legal department forms and files. Conduct basic legal research. Produce and organize subpoena/warrant response materials. Perform various administrative functions within the legal department. Prepare formal documents (inventor declarations and assignments) for U.S. patent applications; Coordinate gathering inventor signatures on formal documents; Send executed formal documents to outside counsel for filing at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Coordinate with HR to schedule inventor bonus payments for filed U.S. patent applications. Contact inventors for U.S. patent applications to gather prior art; Send prior art to outside counsel for filing at USPTO. Review USPTO correspondence for errors and send requests for corrections to outside counsel. Maintain internal spreadsheets of Ring’s patent portfolio, tracking basic information for each patent application from filing to issuance. Provide instructions to vendor for payment of patent maintenance fees and annuities; Coordinate disbursement of funds for such payments. Contribution to other legal department goals and duties as needed. Note that specific experience with the above items is not required, as they can be learned. Strong sense of professionalism and confidentiality is desirable. Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with members of the legal team and all levels of management is desirable. Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and related software applications is desirable.
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