Patent Prosecution Paralegal I

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
San Mateo
May 24, 2023
Jun 03, 2023
Contract Type
Patent Prosecution Paralegal I
United States – California – Foster City

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research–based bio–pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life–threatening diseases around the world. Gilead's therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

Making an impact on a global scale
Inclusion is one of the company's five core values. That's because we know that we are stronger and more innovative at Gilead when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life–threatening diseases worldwide.

When you join Gilead, you join our mission to change the world by enabling people to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Come join a mission–driven bio–pharmaceutical organization that values inclusion and diversity, has a strong portfolio of products, and is constantly

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Job Description

The Paralegal is a position within the Intellectual Property prosecution team at Gilead Sciences, reporting to the Patent Prosecution Team Leader. The prosecution team consist of 19 Attorneys, and 8 Paralegals. This team is made up of high caliber, reputable and extremely hard–working IP professionals, all of whom play an integral role in the company's ability to continue providing therapies to medical areas of unmet needs worldwide.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Assistance with US and Foreign patent prosecution
  • Collaborating with US law firm counsel regarding patent prosecution matters
  • Preparing response drafts for US and foreign patent prosecution
  • Collaborating with foreign counsel regarding patent prosecution matters
  • Coordinating with attorneys regarding docket planning and workflow
  • Coordinating with the Patent Prosecution Team Leader regarding workload
  • Preparing and enduring compliance with Gilead IP Department Standard Operating Procedures and best practices including completion of internal checklists
  • Ensuring all outstanding docket items are addressed, reported to docketing and correctly reflected in CPA Global Memotech
  • Preparing and maintaining the IDS database and spreadsheets as needed
  • Reviewing issued US patents for accuracy and preparing certificates of correction as needed
  • Updating and maintaining complete electronic files for prosecution matters
  • Assisting with maintaining and updating internal patent prosecutions systems
  • Collaborating with other Legal departments and personnel
  • Performing notarizations as needed

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Paralegal certification is preferred.
  • A minimum of five years of relevant experience in US and patent prosecution experience (both US and foreign prosecution experience is preferred).
  • Excellent verbal and written English skills
  • Notary certification or willingness and ability to obtain notary certification
  • High proficiency in computer skills including Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe, Visio, etc.
  • Experience with the iManage document management experience is preferred
  • Experience with docketing systems (e.g., CPA Global Memotech) is preferred
  • Candidates must possess the ability to work well with others in a team setting
  • Organizational skills, exceptional time management and attention to detail are a must

Working Conditions:
  • This is an in–office position with work–from–home hours as approved by Manager
  • Business travel is not required

The salary range for this position is: $96,985.00 – $125,510.00. Gilead considers a variety of factors when determining base compensation, including experience, qualifications, and geographic location. These considerations mean actual compensation will vary. This position may also be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus, discretionary stock–based long–term incentives (eligibility may vary based on role), paid time off, and a benefits package. Benefits include company–sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans .

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Eligible employees may participate in benefit plans, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable plans.

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Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

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