Patent Paralegal Manager

The Patent Paralegal Manager is responsible for the accuracy, timeliness and overall quality of the services provided by the Patent Paralegals.  This role will manage their direct reports while retaining a reduced caseload.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Manage the department’s workload and assignments.
  • Oversee the department docket.
  • Work with Director of Patent Paralegals to coordinate logistical support on all areas handled by patent paralegals, i.e. rule changes, procedural changes, implementation within department, and communication to practice group and clients. 
  • Work with Director of Patent Paralegals and staff in connection with ongoing professional development and training within the department; train staff and conduct work product review; offer ongoing feedback to staff 
  • Work with Director of Patent Paralegals and Paralegal Trainer to update/develop training and instructional documentation and materials for the department
  • Handle the duty of disclosure/IDS work for a small distribution of clients.
  • Work with Director of Patent Paralegals and staff in connection with performance related issues, such as time management, accuracy, prioritization, and efficiency.
  • Manage billable/non billable hour activities and overall staffing levels consistent with targeted production standards.    
  • Coordinate staffing coverage, including the review and approval of weekly time sheets. 
  • Participate in annual performance reviews and setting annual salary and goals.
  • Coordinate the hiring efforts with the Director of Patent Paralegals
  • Work closely with the Practice Groups, IP Services, Practice and Client Administration, IFD and Firm Trainer in connection with practice initiatives that affect multiple departments.   
  • Coordinate with IT re: software updates/programs.
  • Promote team environment.
  • Promote/enforce/improve work standards. 
  • Participate in new hire orientations.
  • Work with department attorney liaison to identify and work towards yearly department goals based on rule changes and/or attorney feedback.
     

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required; a minimum of five (5+) years IP Paralegal experience or similar experience in a corporate setting.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of US patent practice (particularly the duty of disclosure), some knowledge of foreign patent practice and strong knowledge of WGS procedures and processes.
  • Experience with CPI, IPDAS, Elite, Microsoft Word and Outlook. 
  • Ability to prioritize in a deadline-oriented, high-pressure environment.
  • Ability to manage relationships and to motivate and lead groups of people.
  • Good conflict resolution and organizational skills.
  • Good judgment and the ability to be discreet and sensitive in all matters.
     

Location: Boston, MA 

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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.