IP Paralegal

Location
Chicago, Illinois
Salary
$100,000-$119,000 depending on location
Posted
May 07, 2024
Closes
Jun 06, 2024
Ref
240028
Position
Paralegal
Contract Type
Permanent

At Seyfarth, we understand that great people are the key to our success, and we provide the opportunities to match. If you join us, you’ll work with state-of-the-art technology in a friendly and professional environment, and we will continue to invest in your professional development. If you want the freedom to grow at a firm that is invested in your future, keep reading.

 

THE OPPORTUNITY:

As an IP Paralegal, you will work with a premier team of internationally recognized and highly rated trademark and copyright attorneys in nine Seyfarth offices.  You will perform a variety of trademark and copyright prosecution and transactional duties for various attorneys and/or designated teams. This position interacts with colleagues in a team setting and upholds the image of the Firm by maintaining positive contact with clients, attorneys, other paralegals and staff and observing confidentiality of client matters.

 

THE DAY-TO-DAY:

On any given day, the IP Paralegal is asked to maintain a variety of responsibilities that may include but is not limited to the following list of functions:

  • Conducts trademark searches and prepares clearance reports to help determine mark availability in existing and new markets
  • Prepare and electronically file trademark applications, responses to office actions, Statements of Use, post-registration maintenance and renewal documents, trademark assignment documents, and other documents with USPTO
  • Manage applications and renewals from prosecution stage through to registration, and post-registration
  • Maintains intellectual property rights through the preparation and recording of registered user/licensing agreements, status reports and declarations of use
  • Prepare and electronically file Notices of Opposition, Petitions for Cancellation, and other motions and documents at TTAB
  • Work with foreign counsel to file trademark applications and maintenance documents
  • Assists with developing and implementing strategy for International trademark filings
  • Acts as client interface for trademark portfolios
  • Educates client on proper trademark use, trademark selection and trademark protection
  • Prepare and file copyright applications with United States Copyright Office
  • Assist with online investigation as may be needed for enforcement of client intellectual property rights

 

YOU HAVE:

  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Experience
  • A minimum of 5 years of IP paralegal experience in a fast-paced IP department of a law firm or corporation.
  • Knowledge of United States Patent and Trademark Office rules and procedures, including TEAS and ESTTA filing requirements
  • Knowledge of United States Copyright Office rules and procedures, including search and filing requirements
  • Ability to manage multiple trademark portfolios and applicable deadlines
  • Knowledge of relevant firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, iManage), with the ability to learn new software and operating systems
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrates close attention to detail
  • Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments and shifting priorities
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to work well in a demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work independently as well as effectively within a team
  • Demonstrates a commitment to quality of finished product
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Excellent internet research skills required.
  • Ability to regularly and successfully use time entry technology required.
  • Ability to multitask in a time-sensitive environment required.

 

WHAT WE PROVIDE:

Seyfarth provides competitive salary and benefits at all levels, and our culture embraces the entrepreneurial spirit of its professionals like no other firm. Our professional staff are a collaborative team, helping to define the unique client experience offered by the firm. We understand that it takes more than attorneys to build a successful legal practice; everyone participates in our commitment to excellence. 

 

We are also proud to be an influential leader in inclusion and diversity. The firm has been recognized for our efforts by the Human Rights Campaign and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. We are Mansfield 5.0 certified, a reflection of our ongoing commitment to advancing candidates from underrepresented groups.

 

MORE ABOUT SEYFARTH:

With more than 900 lawyers across 17 offices, Seyfarth Shaw LLP provides advisory, litigation, and transactional legal services to clients worldwide. Learn more about The Seyfarth Experience at www.seyfarth.com/careers/.

 

Seyfarth Shaw is committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. We value and encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, change of sex or transgender status, genetic information or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.