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Title : Ip Paralegal

Location : California - Palo Alto
Refer to Job # XIVV732543

This is one of the largest firms in the State of California. We met a hiring authority of this firm for lunch recently, and because this individual did not know us, we were seated at the table next to them. We did not talk to them for over an hour of waiting time, until we discovered that the hostess had forgotten to seat us together, and had seated us a table apart. Needless to say, we both got a good laugh out of that. This firm is very strong in most of its practice areas, including litigation, labor and banking work. Some of the more distinguished litigators in the State of California call this firm their home. The management of this firm is also awfully good and has managed to stay small despite the proliferation of massive management committees at other large law firms. Associates at this firm also seem to fraternize together quite well. One recently held a "keg party" at his home for other associates and there was a large and enthusiastic turnout. This is a real quality of life law firm, and the people here seem to enjoy their lives both at and outside of work. Not surprisingly, a firm of this caliber is able to attract top attorneys of all backgrounds and has managed to remain fairly selective in its hiring. We also like the diversity of this firm and its people. Finally, we think the associates working here tend to be quite "chatty," and the partners even seem this way too. We like chatting because we talk on the phone for a living so this firm gets thumbs up from us. This is the ideal spot for bright, ambitious attorneys with solid work experience and outstanding academic achievements.
IP Paralegal The candidate will maintain client files, scheduling client meetings, preparing cost estimates and budgets, travel reservations, entering time, prompt submission of expense reports and vendor invoices. Proactively manage the prosecution docket ensuring all deadlines are met in a timely manner, and docket updates are communicated to the docketing team. Work closely with attorneys, technical specialists and patent agents to prepare and file US, PCT, and foreign patent applications and official correspondence using the Firm s standards and procedures. Official correspondence includes, but is not limited to, application data sheets, declarations, power of attorneys, assignments, IDSs, replies, amendments, issue fee payments, 92bis, extensions, change of address, etc. Prepare client reporting letters, foreign attorney instruction letters, CPI status and docket reports for attorney review. Communicate directly with clients, foreign attorneys, and USPTO under the direction of a patent attorney or agent. Double check work product before presenting to attorney for review and again before sending or filing. Ensure that client matter numbers are opened according to the IP Section s guidelines and before work is started. Timely review and forward annuity information to the annuity team, and send foreign attorney invoices to finance. Administrative tasks include, but are not limited to, maintaining client files, entering time, prompt submission of expense reports and vendor invoices. Experience working with CPI, FIP and/or First to File software is a plus. Record time daily and strive to meet billable target. Perform additional responsibilities as requested. This job description is a general description of the types of responsibilities that are required of an individual in this role. It is not intended to be a complete list of the responsibilities, duties and skills that may be required for this job. The candidate must have a minimum of 5+ years of experience with an intellectual property law firm and will have a positive attitude, be detail oriented, able to work independently, and possess strong organizational and communication skills.
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