Patent Paralegal

South San Francisco, CA 94080

Posted: 05/01/2019 Employment Type: Contract Industry: Legal Job Number: 6091

Our client is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. They are among the world' s leading biotech companies, with multiple products on the market and a promising development pipeline.

 

Duties: 

The Paralegal I will provide a high level of administrative support in all facets of US Patent Law to three or more patent attorneys in the Legal Department. Ideal candidate must possess advanced knowledge of Patent and Trademark (PTO) rules and procedures. Candidate must be proficient at navigating EFS, PAIR and EPAS. Strong knowledge of and ability to keep abreast of 37 C.F.R. rules and MPEP rules is essential.
  • Preparing and filing US Patent correspondence, transmittal documents, and formality documents (Declarations and Assignments).
  • Liaise with Inventors to obtain signatures and ensure these documents are received and filed in a timely manner.
  • Correspond with Foreign Associates and Outside Counsel relating to all Patent Prosecution matters.
  • Generate weekly docket reports and coordinate with attorneys, colleagues, Foreign Associates and Outside Counsel to ensure all deadlines are met.
  • Prepare and manage Information Disclosure statements, including the ability to comprehensively review art cited across large patent family/portfolios.
  • Create, organize and maintain US and foreign patent files (paper and electronic).

 

Skills:    

  • A minimum of 4-9 experience in patent prosecution work required.
  • High school diploma required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Required technical capabilities in Microsoft Word, Outlook and Adobe Acrobat Professional as well as basic knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience using the USPTO electronic filing system as well as a patent docketing system (IP manager, CPI, CPA, Memotech etc.) is required.
  • Experience with First to File, Google Calendar and Lecorpio (IDS) is extremely beneficial.
  • Strong skills in the following areas:
  • Organization, attention to detail, and analytical abilities
  • Effective written and verbal communications to include clarity and tact
  • Ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously, efficiently, and collaboratively in accordance with deadlines.
  • Proactive, self-disciplined and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Contribute to the general needs of the Patent and Legal groups. Some examples include providing back-up assistance to peers and participating on special projects and/or other activities as requested.
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