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Title : Paralegal

Location : Pennsylvania - Harrisburg
Refer to Job # QJRM862914

Paralegal The candidate will assist the Intellectual Property Practice Section to function in a consistent productive manner; be responsive and ensure that all documents received from clients, foreign agents, USPTO and other government agencies have been responded to timely, accurately, and all other day to day responsibilities are being met under established policies and procedures; and exercising discretion and confidentiality in maintaining contact with clients, attorneys and staff. Ensure 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. Clear daily docket reports in collaboration with the IP docket department and in accordance with established firm guidelines. Work with attorneys in keeping abreast of all rules and regulations and procedures for filing domestic and international applications including all formalities related thereto. Create and forward 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 US and internationally. Draft routine correspondence and/or formal documents for filing at the USPTO for attorneys and others as needed, proofread, photocopy, scan documents into the firm's document management system and assemble correspondence as needed. Complete internal checklists such as a Notice of Allowance checklist. Maintain and prioritize work on a daily basis and communicate if unable to meet daily responsibilities. Utilize USPTO and other related government agency electronic resources effectively. Have willingness and flexibility to work closely with all departments and others as needed. Provide back-up support to other team members as needed, including IP Service Assistants and/or other IP Patent Paralegals if requested. Perform other duties as assigned for business needs. The candidate should preferably have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent specialized training (i.e., paralegal studies or certificate from an ABA recognized program). Must 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 is required. Should be proficient in USPTO procedures and best practices, including working knowledge of Manual of Patent Examining Procedures and 37 Code of Federal Regulations. Should have strong PC knowledge in order to utilize various online electronic filings with government agencies and to maintain worksheets for clients. Must be proficient in MS Office products (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word). Should have the ability to search various websites in order to locate information in order to communicate with client or maintain accurate information in the firm's various software applications associated with IP.

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