Senior Patent Paralegal – Large Corporation – Newark, NJ

Mars, Incorporated is seeking a Sr. Patent Specialist in Newark, NJ. This role will be responsible for managing and supporting the Mars patent prosecution practice for the global Mars Petcare businesses, including associated docket reconciliation and periodic docketing support. This role will also support ongoing contract procurement, as managed by the Global IP team. The Sr. Patent Specialist will assist the IP Legal team in ensuring consistent practices are followed within the team and across internal client groups and will reduce the team’s reliance on external paralegals and outside legal counsel. Position is available in Newark, NJ or Franklin, TN or Hackettstown, NJ.

What we're looking for:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Patent Paralegal certification preferred
  • 7+ years of experience in global IP matters and patent prosecution management
  • Strong knowledge of USPTO rules, including the MPEP and the AIA
  • Experience managing a large, complex patent docket and legal matters globally
  • Familiarity with First to File (FTF), Computer Packages Inc. (CPI) docketing software and/or other patent docketing programs
  • Proficient use of PatBase and other patent searching databases
  • Proficient use of spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel) programs, manipulation of data and reporting (graphs, tables, etc) from these programs
  • Experience with managing department budgets
  • Experience docketing U.S., PCT, and foreign deadlines for patent matters
  • At least 5 years of experience reviewing, managing and submitting documents to the USPTO, WIPO, and patent offices around the world
  • Experience with template agreements and document management of agreements
  • Demonstrated ability to use independent judgment to resolve complex problems
  • Excellent communication skills, professionalism, and attention to detail
  • Ability to learn new systems quickly

What will be my key responsibilities:

  • Review and submit documents to the USPTO, WIPO, and/or other patent offices
  • Prepare templates for USPTO Office Action responses and related USPTO forms for attorney review
  • Send/receive correspondence from outside counsel
  • Prepare template agreements
  • Manage executed agreements
  • Develop and implement patent portfolio management processes
  • Drive docket deadline compliance
  • Create relationships with clients, attorneys, and team members to be a proactive partner and drive engagement
  • Deliver creative and original solutions for efficient firm and patent law department management improvements

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Additional Info
Employer Type: Large Corporation
Job Location: Newark, NJ