Advertised Summary Job Description: The Office of the General Counsel has established a group to support the University's substantial patent and licensing activities. The Patent and Licensing Group ( PLG) is seeking an experienced paralegal to assist its in-house patent attorneys in managing and overseeing the University's patent prosecution and licensing activities. The Patent Paralegal will manage incoming mail, track invention disclosures, establish and maintain a comprehensive file system, docketing (and other matters relating to the patent process), and licensing/contract administration. The incumbent will conduct patent research, draft correspondence, documents and/or reports, and interact with Columbia researchers, inventors, Columbia's technology transfer office, and outside counsel. He/she monitors deadlines and reviews and oversees workflow to assure timely filings. Additionally, the Patent Paralegal will be responsible for the collection and indexing of all University licenses and industrial research agreements; distribution of Office of the General Counsel (OGC)-approved form agreements; tracking legal fees by Invention Report (IR), docket and agreement, providing overflow administrative assistance to licensing counsel as well as administrative support for PLG contract compliance audits.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 3 years related experience with 3 - 5 years experience as a paralegal in the patent prosecution department of a law firm.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: The candidate should be familiar with docket management of U.S. and foreign patents, PTO procedures, and prior research methods. Must have excellent computer skills, including the entry of data relating to invention disclosures and patent docketing information into multiple databases used at different offices. Excellent writing, communications and organizational skills necessary.
Preferred Qualifications: A paralegal certificate is a plus. Notary Public License
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_167417
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