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Location : Missouri - St louis
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Patent Paralegal The candidate will administer, maintain, and oversee entries into the patent database containing Firm client registrations and deadlines. Reviews incoming and outgoing communications (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), client, in-house attorney, foreign associate and annuity service). Drafts correspondence to the USPTO, client, foreign associate and annuity service. Prepares and files U.S. and foreign patent applications. Processes formal filing requirements for U.S. and foreign patent applications (translation, Power of Attorney, Assignment, certified document, etc.). Requests examination for foreign patent applications. Continuously monitor all deadlines and prepare and send notices to clients regarding upcoming deadlines and requirements. Correspond with foreign associates regarding new filings, prosecution and related deadlines, and billings. Prepare formal papers, correspond with clients to obtain signatures and coordinate all levels of legalization for foreign matters when required. Coordinate file intake and matter entry in tracking system for new clients. Anticipate attorney and client needs for specific projects. Delegate effectively and as appropriate with other Paralegals or Legal Administrative Assistants. Design, recommend, and implement new processes and procedures to increase group efficiency. Special projects, as needed. Act as a liaison among various internal departments as well as with outside agencies. Meet billable hour requirement of 1550 per year. Time entry, scanning, e-mailing, etc. Assist in Firm marketing for practice area. Performs other duties as assigned. Must have strong verbal and written communication skills. Must have completion of either of the following: Bachelor's degree or Associate's degree and minimum of 1 year law firm experience in a Paralegal capacity, or 2-5 years of complex law-related experience under the supervision of an Attorney or Senior Paralegal; AND, in addition to (b), completion of an educational program for Paralegals approved by the American Bar Association ("ABA") or offered by an accredited institution which follows ABA guidelines for Paralegal programs. Docketing management system experience such as CPI, CPA or PATTSY. Law Firm experience preferred. Patent prosecution experience preferred; trademark prosecution experience a plus.
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