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Location : California - San Diego
Refer to Job # SDFL702589
Legal Secretary (Patent) Duties: Preparing applications, including Provisional, Non-Provisional, Divisional and Continuation applications for filing, including ensuring all papers are properly prepared and filed with the USPTO. Prepare papers for filing responses, Notice of Appeals, Responses to Restriction Requirement, Request for Continued Examination (RCE), Appeal Briefs and other necessary filings to the USPTO. Monitor the daily docket to help ensure all filings are completed and filed in a timely manner via hand-delivery or EFS (Electronic Filing System) with the USPTO. Prepare correspondence and responses for mailing, faxing, courier, FEDEX, including the certificate of mailing, copy and filing of documents as per client instructions and/or protocol. Provides information to IP Docketing Department for items filed with and received from USPTO. Ensures correct changes are made in the file, docketing system, client information database and that all amendments are entered to the appropriate documents. Performs research as requested using Private PAIR, TARR and other reference sources. Obtain copies of documents as requested. Preparation of pleadings and filings in Federal Courts. Other duties as assigned to fully meet with requirements of this position.
Qualifications: High school diploma or GED required. Bachelor's degree or some college preferred. 5+ years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Exceptional verbal and written communication and language skills. Proactive and efficient in managing dockets, correspondence and patent filings. Current knowledge of E-filing (both USPTO & Federal Courts). Current knowledge of PTO rules and procedures. Ability to multi-task and shift priorities successfully. Excellent organizational abilities. Ability to meet deadlines and effectively juggle multiple priorities. Strong service orientation. Ability to be proactive, take initiative, and to use both good judgment and discretion when dealing with sensitive or confidential matters. High degree of attention to detail. Ability to effectively work in a team environment. Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office software, including Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint applications.
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