Trademark Paralegal

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Up to $65K
May 10, 2023
Jun 09, 2023
Contract Type

Honigman is a premier business law firm based in Michigan recognized as one of the Best and Brightest Places to Work and Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press.  With more than 300 attorneys working in 60 different areas of concentration, Honigman provides timely and cost-effective counsel to clients in numerous industries. 

 Honigman is seeking a Trademark Paralegal for our Ann Arbor, Bloomfield Hills, and Washington, DC office who will utilize strong knowledge and understanding of various domestic and foreign trademark prosecution matters to coordinate and assist with U.S. and foreign trademark registration efforts. 


  • Prepare and file U.S. trademark prosecution and maintenance documents electronically with the USPTO including but not limited to: applications, office action responses, extensions of time, statements of use, affidavits, renewals, assignments and powers of attorneys
  • Conduct trademark screening searches using third search party platforms and common law searches
  • Correspond with clients regarding routine phases of trademark prosecution and maintenance matters
  • Prepare and file trademark documents with WIPO including but not limited to applications for International Registration, responses to Notices of Irregularity, renewals, assignments and powers of attorney
  • Work with and correspond with foreign counsel in connection with prosecution and maintenance of trademark applications/registrations outside of the United States, including attending to notarization and legalization of documents
  • Prepare and record ownership and change of name documents related to trademarks
  • Conduct due diligence on trademark portfolios
  • Prepare and file customs registrations and renewals with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
  • Prepare cost estimates for new filings
  • Assist with trademark enforcement matters including working with and corresponding foreign counsel regarding potential oppositions, cancellations and cease & desist letters
  • Assist with monitoring attorney dockets and working with internal personnel to manage deadlines
  • Record billable hours timely and accurately utilizing practice/firm billing protocols
  • Perform other duties as necessary to fully meet the requirements of the position based on practice/client needs
  • Quickly get up to speed on department processes and needs, as well as take initiative to follow-up and take necessary action.


  • Experienced in trademark prosecution, maintenance and renewal, both U.S. and foreign preferred.
  • Bachelor's Degree in the legal industry and/or a Legal Assistant Certificate from an ABA approved institution.
  • May consider significant experience in lieu of a degree.
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, and an ability learn quickly how to use other applications used by the department.
  • Proficient in the use of the Internet for conducting research, including a strong knowledge of trademark clearance databases, as well as trademark investigations – online and through investigations.
  • Prefer experience with PATTSY (or an equivalent docketing software), Saegis, Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw, and similar research tools.
  • Trademark search and clearance experience, both preliminary and comprehensive.
  • High level of communication skills requiring social sensitivity and in-depth knowledge of department procedures in order to communicate effectively with staff and management within and outside the department and external contacts, including clients, foreign associates and vendors.
  • Ability to independently multi-task and take ownership of work in a fast-paced environment
  • Capable of following and conveying instructions effectively with a high degree of courtesy and tact including ability to independently initiate follow-up.
  • Must be a problem solver, willing to work and think with independence, handle confidential information with discretion, and accept responsibility for producing work that is consistently complete, timely, effective and accurate.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills; detail oriented. Strong writing skills (a writing sample may be requested).

Honigman is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other category prohibited by applicable local, state or federal law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, compensation, benefits, and termination.