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Title : Paralegal

Location : Michigan - Southfield
Refer to Job # WFKR862882

# Paralegal ## Full Time Position with Troutman Pepper Law Firm Troutman Pepper Law Firm is always seeking talented, motivated, growth-minded, and creative individuals to join our team! We are currently looking for a Patent Paralegal to assist our Intellectual Property Practice Section and help our firm function in a consistent productive manner. The Patent Paralegal will be expected to exercise discretion and confidentiality in maintaining contact with clients, attorneys, and staff. ## Duties and Responsibilities The Patent Paralegal will be responsible for a variety of duties and responsibilities, including: - Ensuring that policies and procedures are being followed on a day-to-day basis in relation to assigned duties, including client special instructions and in accordance with established firm guidelines. - Monitoring and following-up on dates associated with the US and foreign docket, including clearing dates and providing follow-up with attorneys, clients, and management in order to provide adequate time to respond. - Clearing daily docket reports in collaboration with the IP docket department and in accordance with established firm guidelines. - Responsible for working with attorneys in keeping abreast of all rules and regulations and procedures for filing domestic and international applications including all formalities related thereto. - Responsible for creating and forwarding formal documents to the client within a certain schedule to reduce a backlog of work. - Prepare all administrative documents associated with USPTO patent filings for final review and approval by supervisory patent attorney and/or patent agent. - Receive and act upon client instructions, including confirmation and/or draft response to client inquiries related to US, PCT and foreign applications. - Reviews attorneys client information and ensures that addresses, special instructions are being followed in accordance with the clients standard operating procedures. - Maintaining and prioritizing work on a daily basis and communicate if unable to meet daily responsibilities. - Utilizing USPTO and other related government agency electronic resources effectively. - Providing back-up support to other team members as needed, including IP Service Assistants and/or other IP Patent Paralegals if requested. - Performing other duties as assigned for business needs. ## Knowledge, Skills and Abilities The ideal candidate for this position should have: - Familiarity with US and international patent law, including inter-partes matters. - Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate and follow instructions effectively from a diverse group of clients, attorneys and staff and provide information with courtesy and tact. - Proficient in USPTO procedures and best practices, including working knowledge of Manual of Patent Examining Procedures and 37 Code of Federal Regulations. - Ability to work under pressure while producing a high volume of information with attention to detail while producing an accurate document. - Willingness and ability to accept changing assignments and priorities. - Ability to compose, proofread and edit (e.g., punctuation, grammar, spelling) routine memorandums and correspondence. - Ability to identify and analyze complex issues and problems and to recommend and implement solutions. - Strong PC knowledge in order to utilize various online electronic filings with government agencies and to maintain worksheets for clients. - Proficient in Microsoft Office Products (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word) - Strong organizational and administrative skills. - Effective communication skills, both verbal and written. - Ability to search various websites in order to locate information in order to communicate with client or maintain accurate information in the firm's various software applications associated with IP. - Ability to provide quality client service to both internal and external clients effectively and professionally. - Ability to work effectively both independently and with teams to promote consistent and efficient workflow processes. - Identify and respond to internal and external client inquiries in a timely manner and seek feedback/follow-up as appropriate. - Ability to self-manage and work independently in a hybrid, and in-office setting. - Ability to retrieve and carry items weighing less than 25 pounds. ## Education and/or Experience The ideal candidate for this position should have: - Bachelor's degree or equivalent specialized training (i.e., paralegal studies or certificate from an ABA recognized program) is preferred. - A minimum of four (4) years of progressive patent prosecution experience, including docket management, application filings and prosecution in order to gain an understanding to provide support and planning that will ensure a high quality and accurate work product. ## Hiring Salary Range The Troutman Pepper Law Firm is offering a competitive salary range of $90,000.00 - $110,000.00 for this position. The Troutman Pepper Law Firm will comply with any applicable city or state workplace mandates in effect in regards to Covid-19. This position description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of the job. The statements contained in the position description are not necessarily all-inclusive and additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned as determined by business needs. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The Troutman Pepper Law Firm adheres to a policy of equal opportunity and will

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