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Patent Paralegal The candidate will support a variety of intellectual property (IP) management activities for the Office of Legal Counsel within the Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona division (NSWCCO). Will perform pre-filing reviews / error checking of patent applications, office action responses, and other filings. Other patent prosecution support includes preparing patent application missing parts submissions (e.g., assignments, declarations, amendments, drawing corrections, etc), information disclosure statement filings, and other filing papers including papers typically prepared by patent secretaries or support staff in civil law firm contexts. Perform electronic filings of various patent prosecution papers or electronic documents with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), assist with NSWCCO Office of Legal Counselâ€™s interactions with USPTO business systems including submission of funds to USPTO deposit account, and assist or perform submissions to the USPTOâ€™s electronic assignment filing system. Provide post filing patent prosecution support to include filings or activities related to patent maintenance fees as well as assisting NSWCCO patent counsels with preparation and filings of petitions IAW US Patent and Trademark Office Manual for Patent Examination Procedures (MPEP), appeals and other post initial filing activities as required. Develop and maintain databases and use statistical techniques for process analysis and data analysis to derive cost reductions and potential savings through implementation of recommended changes. Review and evaluate program management data based on a variety of sources including US Patent and Trademark Office systems, patent file wrapper as well as patent or invention related planning systems and dockets. Perform a variety of programmatic activities such as maintaining records, preparing reports, and providing comments as required; provide the capability to read articulate, analyze, and understand applicable policies as well as the USPTO processes and requirements. External interactions with academia and industry will be required.Must have an active DoD SECRET clearance; Bachelorâ€™s Degree from an accredited College or University; 2-3 years of experience as a paralegal or research assistant; Experience with Patent litigation; Familiarity with the US Patent and Trademark Office filing procedures; Expertise using Microsoft Excel and Access. Must have strong written and oral communication skills. Experience with IP portfolio management is preferred. Experience evaluating and providing assessment of technical and non-technical reports is preferred. Experience with Intellectual Property Management Information System is desired. Prior experience with database management is preferred.
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