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Location : Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh
Refer to Job # SFSR851064
Paralegal Responsibilities: Ensures that policies and procedures are being followed on a day-to-day basis in relation to assigned duties, including client special instructions and in accordance with established firm guidelines. Monitor and follow-up on dates associated with the US and foreign docket, including clearing dates and providing follow-up with attorneys, clients and management in order to provide adequate time to respond. Clears daily docket reports in collaboration with the IP docket department and in accordance with established firm guidelines. Responsible for working with attorneys in keeping abreast of all rules and regulations and procedures for filing domestic and international applications including all formalities related thereto. Responsible for creating and forwarding formal documents to the client within a certain schedule to reduce a backlog of work. Prepare all administrative documents associated with USPTO patent filings for final review and approval by supervisory patent attorney and/or patent agent. Receive and act upon client instructions, including confirmation and/or draft response to client inquiries related to US, PCT and foreign applications. Reviews attorneys client information and ensures that addresses, special instructions are being followed in accordance with the clients standard operating procedures. Maintain client specific spreadsheets related to portfolio management, as appropriate. Create and maintain electronic worksheets to assist attorney in managing client needs. Provide support for Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings and appeals. Process assignments and name changes in the U.S. and internationally. Draft routine correspondence and/or formal documents for filing at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office USPTO for attorneys and others as needed, proofread, photocopy, scan documents into the firm's document management system and assemble correspondence as needed. Responsible for completion of internal checklists such as a Notice of Allowance checklist. Responsible for maintaining and prioritizing work on a daily basis and communicate if unable to meet daily responsibilities. Utilize USPTO and other related government agency electronic resources effectively. Provides back-up support to other team members as needed, including IP Service Assistants and/or other IP Patent Paralegals if requested.
Qualifications: College Degree is helpful or equivalent to specialized training, i.e., paralegal studies from an ABA-recognized program. Should have 4 years of progressive patent prosecution experience, including docket management, application filings and prosecution in order to gain an understanding to provide support and planning that will ensure a high-quality and accurate work product. Familiarity with US and international patent law, including inter-partes matters. Strong PC knowledge in order to utilize various online electronic filings with government agencies and to maintain worksheets for clients. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Products (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word). Ability to search various websites in order to locate information in order to communicate with clients or maintain accurate information in the firm's various software applications associated with IP. Proficiency in USPTO procedures and best practices, including working knowledge of Manual of Patent Examining Procedures and 37 Code of Federal Regulations. Ability to provide quality client service to both internal and external clients effectively and professionally. Ability to work under pressure while producing a high volume of information with attention to detail while producing an accurate document. Ability to compose, proofread and edit (e.g., punctuation, grammar, spelling) routine memorandums and correspondence.
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