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Patent Paralegal

Posted on Jan 20, 2020 by BRINE SA

Basel, Switzerland
Legal
1 Feb 2020
Annual Salary
Contract/Project

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.

JOB PURPOSE

  • 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.

MAJOR ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • 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.

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS/MEASURES OF SUCCESS

  • 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

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

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.

ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

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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