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Paralegal (Intellectual Property) Responsibilities: Will provide support for all aspects of patent prosecution, both foreign and domestic. Reports directly to the Paralegal Coordinator and Director of Paralegal Services and Docketing. Prepare and prosecute patent applications domestically and internationally, including electronic filings; Assist attorney(s) with drafting and editing domestic prosecution documents for uploading at the USPTO, including, new applications (Provisional, Non-Provisional, Continuations, Divisionals), responses to Missing Parts, Restriction Requirements, Office Actions, Information Disclosure Statements (IDSs), and Assignment Recordations and Certificates of Correction; Assist attorney(s) with drafting, editing, and filing Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications; Work with and advise foreign counsel in connection with prosecution and maintenance of patent applications outside of the United States, including arranging for payment of bills from foreign counsel and vendors; and Other duties as assigned to meet the minimum billable hour and performance based requirements.
Qualifications: Bachelors' Degree and a Paralegal certificate or a 4-year Paralegal degree desired. 5+ years' experience providing exceptionally high quality service to clients. Professional demeanor, superb attention to detail, excellent communication, and interpersonal skills are essential. Proficiency in MS Word and Excel. Must have a solid understanding of both US and foreign patent lifecycles and the ability to work efficiently and accurately in a fast-paced environment. Familiarity with reviewing file wrappers and filing domestic applications via Private PAIR; and filing Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications via PCT Safe (or using editable PCT/RO/101 forms). An understanding of domestic and foreign annuities/renewals and patent docket databases, such as IP Manager, Inprotech, and/or CPI are required. Knowledge of the PCT Service Center Online Document Upload, WIPO PatentScope, Espacenet, European Patent Register, and other foreign patent websites a plus.
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