Trademark Paralegal

Chicago, Illinois
May 15, 2024
Jun 14, 2024
Contract Type

The Position

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is seeking an experienced Trademark Paralegal for our Chicago, Raleigh, Madison, Milwaukee or Waukesha office. This role will be responsible for managing the day-to-day prosecution of domestic and foreign trademarks and copyright applications. This includes all aspects of trademark searching, clearance, prosecution, maintenance, and enforcement.

What You'll Be Doing

  • Perform electronic trademark filings through the USPTO, TTAB and WIPO.
  • Oversee all aspects of U.S. and foreign trademark prosecution, maintenance, oppositions, and cancellations.
  • Identify acceptable evidence of use to be used in U.S. trademark filings.
  • Conduct in-house trademark searches.
  • Manage legalization of documents.
  • Manage global trademark assignment projects. 
  • Prepare Copyright applications.
  • Manage IP portfolio, including international trademark portfolios.
  • Prepare Customs applications, including recordings with Customs and Border Protection.

Job Requirements


Knowledge Base & Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree or minimum of three years of trademark related work experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Familiarity with relevant IP databases including USPTO and WIPO websites.
  • Familiarity with the Trademark Manual of Examination (TMEP).
  • Experience with trademark docketing software, including docketing, running searches, and preparing portfolio reports.
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills as well as the ability to effectively prioritize multiple projects while managing critical deadlines.
  • Proficient with time entry practices.
  • Self-motivated while working in a collaborative team environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Knowledge of Anaqua (or similar document management system) and/or iManage is a plus.
  • Valid authorization to work in the US.


  • Ability to learn and embrace new skills and best practices as the position evolves and Firm needs change
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to work well independently as well as effectively within a team


  • Ability to develop relationships and foster teamwork at all levels of the Firm


  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a diverse group of internal and external clients, attorneys, and staff
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage confidential information and sensitive situations with tact and discretion 

Problem Solving Skills:

  • Ability and confidence to identify and analyze issues, make decisions, and initiate actions/solutions
  • Ability to respond to unexpected challenges, including proactively developing innovative solutions to complex problems while maintaining a professional demeanor


  • Ability to maintain composure and demonstrate good judgment


  • Valid authorization to work in the U.S.  

The Company

This is an opportunity to work with the Best.  We are Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP.  We are a full-service law firm with more than 350 lawyers and technical professionals who work in collaborative, interdisciplinary practices to serve clients around the world.

We work with companies in all kinds of industries, as well as trade associations, nonprofits, educational institutions, governments, family trusts, and high-net-worth individuals.  Since our firm’s founding in 1848, we’ve continuously evolved to meet our clients’ changing needs and expectations. One thing remains the same: For generations, clients have relied on Michael Best for exceptional legal service and business acumen.

The Location

We have offices in Wisconsin (Milwaukee, Madison, Manitowoc, Waukesha); Illinois (Chicago); Utah (Cottonwood Heights, Salt Lake City); Colorado (Denver, Broomfield); Texas (Austin); North Carolina (Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington); and Washington DC. Our contemporary office spaces are ideal for concentration and collaboration; supporting our culture of working together to make great things happen for our Clients. This position can be located in our Chicago, Raleigh, Madison, Milwaukee or Waukesha office.

Why You Should Apply

At Michael Best, we are proud to offer a comprehensive and competitive Total Rewards package that provides a variety of resources designed to enhance its employees’ overall well-being, both at work and at home. Competitive base pay, outstanding benefits, opportunities for learning and growth, all programs designed to help you plan for the future, and perks that inspire your downtime are all part of our total compensation package.  


 Learning and Growth

  • Challenging and Dynamic Role
  • Career Development Planning
  • Professional Growth Opportunities
  • Performance Management and Coaching
  • Specialized Training Programs



 Health & Wellness

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision Care
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program

 Total Compensation

  • Competitive Base Pay
  • Annual Merit Review/Incentive Pay
  • Outstanding Benefits
  • Generous PTO Plus 9 Paid Holidays


 Planning for the Future

  • 401(k) with Company Contribution
  • Short Term Disability Plan
  • Long Term Disability Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance 
  • Parental/Family Leave

Culture and Workplace

  • Respected organization with Collaborative Culture
  • Growing Firm with an Exciting Future
  • Contemporary Work Environment
  • Positive and Respectful Work Climate
  • Performance Recognition 



To be considered for this position, please submit an application via our online portal.

Recruitment agencies: Michael Best is not accepting unsolicited agency resumes for this position. Please do not forward resumes to our careers email address or any Firm employees. Michael Best is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Michael Best Strategies LLC, and Michael Best Consulting LLC (collectively known as "Michael Best") are steadfastly committed to providing equal employment opportunity and maintaining a workplace for employees and applicants for employment that is free from discrimination based upon age, race, religion, color, disability, marital status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact our Recruiting team at 414.225.4999 or to let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.