Chem Patent Paralegal

The Chem Patent Paralegal is responsible for primarily assisting the Chemical practice group with billable patent prosecution related projects specific to their area of technology. This position requires individuals to be able to handle tasks independently with great attention to detail within a team focused environment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Search chemical literature
  • Convert drawings to text in patent applications
  • Creating chemical structures
  • Prepare drawings and proofreading formal drawings for patent applications
  • Prepare case charts and docket reports
  • Prepare description of scientific data for patent applications
  • Prepare and file Information Disclosure Statements with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Prepare disclosures of information for submission with foreign patent offices and coordinate with foreign associates regarding same
  • Review Office Actions from U.S. and foreign patent offices for cited references
  • Review patent files for prior art before payment of issue fee and upon intake into the firm
  • Effectively organize references in connection with patent portfolios into prior art databases and routinely maintain these databases
  • Compile, populate and maintain electronic archive of prior art
  • Correspond with clients and work with Firm’s library department to collect materials needed in connection with duty of disclosure
  • Manage attorney and client dockets relating to the duty of disclosure in U.S. and foreign jurisdictions and meet regularly with attorneys regarding same
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of patent office rules and procedures in connection with U.S. and foreign duty of disclosure and other areas of patent prosecution
  • Assist with additional patent prosecution related projects
  • Meet the department’s expectation for billable hours and adhere to best practice for daily time entry
  • Perform additional patent prosecution related projects
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelors or Master’s Degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry
  • Must possess exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Must be able to communicate in a professional, tactful and confident manner
  • Must be able to prioritize work and meet deadlines
  • Must be a strong critical thinker with demonstrated ability to work independently and to proactively and effectively solve problems
  • Must be a strong team contributor
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications, especially Excel, Word and Outlook, is required
  • Knowledge of CPI and/or IPDAS is also desirable
  • Prior experience conducting literature and/or patent database searches a plus
  • Knowledge of Dialog, STN, GenomeQuest, and/or PatBase a plus


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