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Title : Legal Secretary- Ip Prosecution

Location : Illinois - Chicago
Refer to Job # WRFN734013

This large international New York law firm founded in 1934 has established a full-service presence. Clients include large corporations and individuals as well as small and medium-sized businesses. The firm represents a wide range of industrial, financial and commercial enterprises, both publicly and privately held. Firm lawyers represent clients in every state as well as numerous foreign jurisdictions. The firm is organized by legal specialization: corporate, e-commerce, employee benefits, estate planning, government and regulatory affairs, health law, intellectual property, international, litigation and tax. This firm offers competitive salaries and many firm lawyers also practice interdepartmentally distinguishing them from many other large law firms.
Legal Secretary- IP Prosecution The candidate will provide administrative and secretarial support for attorneys in the Intellectual Property Practice Group. Prepare IP Prosecution specific documents, forms, spreadsheets and presentations including U.S. Patent prosecution filings, reporting letters to clients, documents received from the PTO, draft applications and amendments. Provide legal and non-legal administrative support to attorneys and clients. Request drawings from draftsman for review and revision and obtain copies of patents. Maintain dockets on a regular schedule and send reminders to attorneys as necessary. Process intake of new clients; create client files; search and print reports. Work with assigned billing specialist to prepare invoices, create cover letters, and mail invoices. Coordinate meetings including setting up videoconference/calls, requesting meeting room service, equipment, catering. Organize and maintain files. Organize and maintain contacts and calendar. Manage phones including: incoming calls, messaging, transfers and conference calls. Schedule travel; process expense reports, check requests and business development activity. Enter and release time for timekeepers; print reports as requested. The candidate should preferably have Bachelors Degree. Must have 5+ years of experience working as an IP Prosecution legal secretary and 3 years in a professional services environment. Strong knowledge of steps involved in patent prosecution from application filing to issuance of patents. Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Pro, Document Management, time entry systems and IP Prosecution specific databases including Inprotech or CPI. Strong attention to detail required. Professional interpersonal communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal. Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills essential.

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