Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, is current seeking an experienced IP Specialist - Paralegal in Pennsylvania. This position may be located in either our Pittsburgh or Greater Harrisburg office.
This position will provide support for IP attorneys on patent, trademark, and copyright matters. The position requires excellent organizational, problem solving, and priority setting skills. Experience working with and understanding the rules and regulations set forth by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) are essential to success in this position. The position requires reviewing and acting upon correspondence received from the USPTO and U.S. Copyright Office regarding client patent/trademark/copyright matters, maintaining attorney dockets, and maintaining and updating docket entries.
The successful applicant will act as primary support for two or more attorneys in the Harrisburg and Pittsburgh offices, including preparing materials for attorney’s signature, conducting database searches for attorneys, filing materials electronically on the USPTO and U.S. Copyright Office websites, and coordinating payment of patent and trademark maintenance fees via firm deposit account. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to: docket monitoring; IP due diligence for corporate transactions; preparation and filing of USPTO and U.S. Copyright Office applications and other submissions; research, litigation, and enforcement support; and, preparation of cost estimates and client reports.
Advanced skills and responsibilities for the IP Specialist include performing and analyzing online research to determine the availability of a proposed patent or trademark for use and registration, supplemental to the use of patent and trademark search reports prepared by third-party services.
The successful candidate will be adept at meeting frequent deadlines while maintaining a high level of accuracy and attention to detail and shall have: excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to work with and appropriately protect sensitive, proprietary, and confidential information; and, the ability to work in a team environment while exercising independent judgment. The candidate shall also provide paralegal and administrative support of a responsible and confidential nature to ensure the smooth functioning of legal matters and projects.
This position requires the candidate to have at least three (3) years of direct experience working in an intellectual property prosecution environment within a law firm or in-house. The successful candidate will have experience with USPTO filing procedures, docketing, and supporting IP attorneys.
Desired Paralegal degree, experience with IP Management software (i.e. docketing software), Adobe, Microsoft Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, CRM, and Outlook).
Qualified candidates may apply by forwarding resume and cover letter to: HR@spilmanlaw.com
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 140 attorneys. Founded in 1864, Spilman has offices in Charleston, Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia; Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Roanoke, Virginia.