The Biotech Patent Paralegal is responsible for primarily assisting the Biotech practice group with patent prosecution related projects specific to their area of technology. They would also assist the Pharmaceutical and Chemical and Materials Technologies practice groups with the management of their prior art databases and duty of disclosure requirements for their domestic and foreign patent matters for specific clients. This position requires individuals to be able to handle tasks independently within a team focused environment.
- Search biotech literature.
- Analyze and prepare DNA and amino acid sequence listings.
- Convert, prepare and proofread formal drawings and descriptions of scientific data for patent applications.
- Prepare case charts and docket reports.
- 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.
- Effectively organize references in connection with patent portfolios into prior art databases and routinely maintain these databases 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Perform additional patent prosecution related projects as requested.
- Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Biology or Biochemistry.
- Flexibility and capacity to respond calmly, efficiently, and effectively in stressful situations.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with different levels of constituencies.
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent organizational skills with meticulous attention to accuracy and detail.
- Strong time management, prioritization, problem-solving, and organizational skills and the ability to work effectively in a high-pressure environment.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of matters and other firm business information.
- Punctual and reliable and able to meet set deadlines and work effectively under pressure.
- Highly proficient in MS Outlook, Word, and Excel as well as basic computer and database management skills.
- Knowledge of Dialog, STN, GenomeQuest, and/or PatBase a plus.
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Physical Demands: The firm will strive to provide reasonable accommodations, as requested, to enable an employee with a disability to successfully perform this position in our office setting. Frequent communication is an essential aspect of this position and employees must be able to exchange timely and accurate information in a variety of situations. This position may also encompass maintaining a stationary position for long periods of time (at least up to 50% of the workday) with occasional movement, as well as lifting and/or moving objects that weigh up to 25 pounds. Other essential functions may apply and employees working remotely have the same or similar requirements.
Work Environment: The office work environment of the firm is characteristic of the environment the job holder will encounter. In this typical office setting, an employee will encounter standard office equipment and any noise associated with that equipment. The noise level is usually quiet to moderate. The office setting of Wolf Greenfield requires the ability to manage multiple work priorities along with frequent interruptions.