Patent Prosecution Paralegal – Government – Albuquerque, N.M.

logoThe Intellectual Property Center within the Legal Division at Sandia National Laboratories is looking for an experienced Patent Paralegal to join their highly talented team. 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 patent prosecution 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.
    Works cooperatively with Sandia staff to ensure appropriate document management, protection, retention, and disposition in accordance with applicable policies and procedures.
  • Further develops and maintains Sandia's records and database files, including scanning and coding documents into Sandia databases.
    Conducts computerized searches for information.
    Remains current on processes and procedures in applicable court and administrative forums.
  • Ability to prioritize and adjust to changing priorities, problems, and deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Knowledge of Sandia's organization, history, policies, and procedures.
  • Computer application and database skills.
  • Demonstrated accuracy and judgment and a high degree of initiative, discretion, diplomacy, confidentiality, and flexibility.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of protocol.
  • Adept at adjusting to changing priorities, problems, and deadlines.


  • High school graduate, that meets state-mandated educational, training or work experience requirements.
  • Minimum of 3 years of direct experience working in a patent prosecution environment within a law firm or in-house.
  • Must have experience with USPTO rules and procedures, patent docketing and supporting attorneys.


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

Department Description:
The Intellectual Property Center within the Legal Division is responsible for Sandia National Laboratory Copyrights, Export Control, Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Counseling, Invention Disclosures, Patents Publications, Review & Approval Trademarks.

About Sandia:
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
  • Extraordinary co-workers
  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
  • Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

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 drug testing, and 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.

EEO Statement:
Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT

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