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Title : Intellectual Property Paralegal

Location : North Carolina - Charlotte
Refer to Job # SFFP860819

Intellectual Property Paralegal The candidate will work with attorneys to prepare and file patent applications with the USPTO with regard to formality requirements, including electronic filing of all documents with the USPTO. Patent applications will generally include U.S. provisional patent applications, U.S. regular utility patent applications, continuation and divisional patent applications, and PCT applications filed with the USPTO as the international receiving office. Work with internal or external service providers to monitor and pay annuities and maintenance fees for U.S. and non-U.S. patent applications; assist with correspondence to clients regarding the same. Assist with preparing correspondence to foreign associates, ensuring the transmission of all required documents, and working with foreign associates through compliance with locally required filing formalities, including the legalization of documents, if necessary. Review granted patent documents to determine maintenance requirements and calculate terms. Work with attorneys and clients regarding validation procedure after granting of European patents. Work with attorneys upon receipt of Office Actions issued by various patent offices to ensure proper instructions and timely responses. Prepare and file Information Disclosure Statements. Monitor status and work with attorneys/clients regarding possible priority-based PCT and/or other foreign applications. Work with attorneys to ensure timely responses to Office Actions, payment of issue fees, and submission of formal drawings. Work with attorneys to manage dockets; familiarity with various docketing software preferred. The candidate should have a Bachelor's degree and 5 years of work experience in a law firm environment, or related professional experience. Prior experience supporting attorneys with an international intellectual property practice is preferred. Must have knowledge of USPTO rules and procedures, including those related to PCT patent filings. Extensive knowledge and skills in utilizing the Internet, Adobe Acrobat, and U.S. Patent Office Electronic Filing System; experience with legal research tools preferred. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including MS Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals. Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints. Ability to proofread materials for contextual, grammatical, typographical or spelling errors. Must have strong organizational, decision-making skills and problem-solving skills. Must be reliable and a self-starter.

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