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Title : Patent Paralegal

Location : District of Columbia - Washington
Refer to Job # XOTD739357

This firm is very strong in most practice groups, and in our opinion is an excellent firm to work for. The firm has a long history, and has managed to draw some well-known political figures into its partnership ranks. The associates we have spoken with at this firm describe it as a good place to work and for the most part the associates working here believe that the partners are friendly and accessible. Additionally, the people who work at this firm are all fairly friendly; however, some associates we have spoken with have told us that there appears to be an air of formality to their friendliness. While the Firm does not always get high marks for diversity, much of that has changed in recent years. Additionally, this firm consistently ranks near the top for quality of life issues and the associates who work here all seem to be fairly enthusiastic about the quality of life of the firm. This firm compensates its associates very well, and there are few complaints about compensation issues. While the firm does have a flex time program, many of the associates we have spoken with do not appear that pleased with the program and believe it could use improvement. We should note that one thing that is notable about this firm is that it does appear very well positioned at most times because it is consistently able to generate work and keep its associates in most departments busy.
Patent Paralegal Duties: Review and manage docket for deadlines, must have the ability to prioritize and re-prioritize tasks on an ongoing, immediate basis, understand docket and deadlines and action needed on each file; inform working attorney of deadlines; preparation of weekly docket reports. Monitor dockets and manage filings utilizing the PAIR system. Assist attorneys in responses to office actions and patent portfolio management. Preparing and providing docket and status reports for clients. Support attorneys in patent prosecution. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required. 1-5 years work experience in a law firm environment, or related professional experience. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, including MSWord, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.; working knowledge of FileSite document management system is a plus. Proficiency in utilizing the Internet, Adobe Acrobat, U.S. Patent Office Electronic Filing System, EPCT; experience with legal research tools preferred. Knowledge of USPTO rules and procedures. Ability to effectively utilize digital litigation support and electronic document production applications. Ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals. Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks so as to perform essential duties of the position under time constraints and with frequent interruptions. Ability to proofread materials for contextual, grammatical, typographical or spelling errors. Ability to work well in high pressure environments. Ability to operate standard office equipment such as computer, photocopiers and fax. Must have strong organizational, decision-making skills and problem-solving skills. Must be reliable and a self-starter.

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