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Patent Paralegal

Posted on Jan 20, 2020 by BRINE SA

Basel, Switzerland
1 Feb 2020
Annual Salary

BRINE SA has been placing top IT specialists at well-known customers for over 30 years. In doing so, we focus on performance, competence, experience and partnerships.


  • Responsible for timely, independent management of complex intellectual property (IP) administrative and legal support tasks.

  • Proactive involvement in a high performing team providing a diverse range of complex IP administrative support for a defined group of patent practitioners in regional, international and foreign filing.

  • Maintain and manage a complex, accurate docket, using a patent docketing system.

  • Provides expert knowledge and understanding of IP law and practice issues.

  • Undertakes operational and strategic responsibilities to maximise the effectiveness of paralegal support at a local and global level.

  • Responsible for applying, maintaining and contributing to the improvement of the department best practices.

  • Responsible for training others in all areas of EP/US/international and foreign patent matters.

  • Lead teams within the Operations team in areas of efficiency and improvement of current processes.


  • Filing of EP/US/international and foreign patent applications and related correspondence from filing to issuance of grant.

  • Responsible for EP/US and international patent filings, patent nationalizations into foreign jurisdictions, as well as foreign filings under other conventions.

  • Responsible for preparing all documents required in connection with EP, US, PCT and foreign applications; proactively initiates preparation of responses to official communications and notifications.

  • Maintain and share advanced knowledge of latest patent rules and adapting practices to comply.

  • Monitor and updating electronic docket(s) for responsible attorney(s) and assigned paralegal tasks on a daily basis.

  • Monitor all assigned cases and proactively ensuring that all related deadlines are met in a timely manner.

  • Independent, proactive and critical review, maintenance and assistance of responsible attorney(s)' dockets and workload.

  • Coordinate outsourcing, transfer in and transfer out of patent files and responsibilities in a timely and efficient manner, minimizing risk of loss of rights.

  • Communicate effectively with colleagues, inventors, foreign agents and other associates.

  • Actively participate in patent group and cross-divisional meetings as needed.

  • Role includes on an as needed basis the flexibility to provide support in other areas within the Operations team (ie annuities, invoicing and data input).

  • Undertake projects to address global prosecution and operational issues affecting department.

  • Leads teams in development of procedures and processes.

  • Ability to conduct meetings as needed.

  • Recommends areas/systems of possible improvement in efficiencies in procedures.


  • Provides complex prosecution related services in a timely, professional and reliable manner.

  • Advanced knowledge of EP/US and PCT patent formalities and law and strong understanding of requirements in other major territories.

  • Manages workload and work product with high quality in a multifaceted environment.

  • Advanced knowledge and competency of patent database and report generating tools.

  • Ability to work well and meet deadlines, with no supervision, in an electronic office environment.

  • Well-developed research and critical thinking skills, and sound decision-making abilities, with attention to detail to produce consistently accurate work

  • Advanced analytical, organizational, and communication skills.

  • High levels of teamwork behaviours.

  • Liaise with other cross-divisional groups to prevent duplication of effort and to ensure that effective knowledge sharing occurs.

  • Demonstrates leadership qualities and ability to mentor and develop the technical competence of other paralegals.

  • Ability to act as a champion for the Operations team


Minimum education: Paralegal/equivalent IP certification or equivalent experience
Desirable education: University/college education preferred
Languages: English written & spoken (required)
Ideal experience: At least 7-10 years professional experience as a patent paralegal in a patent law firm or corporation with international and foreign filing experience.
Identified leadership potential.


Paralegals and Attorneys have joined responsibilities. Paralegal have to be the experts in filing (not the attorneys).
More important than the pure technical skills are the right attitude: the ideal candidate handles change well, can pick up quickly, can prioritize as it is a very deadline-sensitive business and must be detail oriented as any mistake can have strong Financial/legal impact on the patents.

To learn more about this opportunity please send your CV ASAP in Word format (see below)

Work location: Basel

Start: 01.02.2020

Duration: till 31.01.2021

Workload: 100%

Salary: to be discussed

Permit: EU permits

Language: English

Ref. Nr.: RE2666

Reference: 830642710

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