Paralegal – Sandia National Laboratories – Albuquerque, N.M.

Sandia National Laboratories Sandia National Laboratoriesis searching for a Patent Paralegal for its Legal Technology Transfer Center. This position will provide support for director-level patent attorneys and patent agents. The position requires excellent organizational, problem solving and priority setting skills. Experience working with and understanding of 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 materials received from USPTO, preparing draft materials responsive to USPTO for attorney review and/or completion, maintaining attorney dockets, maintaining patent database (database entry, errors checks), and maintaining hardcopy files.

The successful applicant will act as primary support for one or more attorneys, including preparing materials for attorneys signature (missing parts, certificates of correction, engagement letters, etc.), calculating filing fees, conducting database searches for attorneys (reference prior art, private PAIR, etc.), filing materials in USPTO in accordance with federal rules, maintaining USPTO deposit account, and coordinate payment of patent maintenance fees. The successful candidate will be adept at meeting frequent deadlines with constant interruptions while maintaining a high level of accuracy and attention to detail. 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 and interact effectively with peers and all levels of management are necessary. This job series typically: Provides high-level paraprofessional legal support to in-house attorneys and external co-counsel retained to represent Sandia Corporation. Works under attorney supervision but with a high degree of independence to provide paralegal and administrative support of a responsible and confidential nature and helps ensure the smooth functioning of legal matters and projects.

(1) This position requires the candidate to have at least 3 years of direct experience working in a patent prosecution environment within a law firm or in-house. (2) The successful candidate will have experience with USPTO rules and procedures, patent docketing and supporting attorneys. (3) Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance.

(1) Paralegal degree, experience with IP Management software (i.e. Thompson Rueters IP Manager), Adobe, Microsoft Applications (Word, PowerPoint, CRM and Outlook), SharePoint and Excel.

Security Clearance
Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-level security clearance. Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

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Additional Info
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, post docs, and visiting researchers all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense.