IDS Patent Paralegal – Law Firm – Multiple Locations

Michael Best & Friedrich is seeking an IDS Patent Paralegal to join our Broomfield, Chicago, Denver, Madison, Milwaukee, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, Washington D.C. or Waukesha office. The IDS Patent Paralegal will work closely with attorneys in the Firm’s Intellectual Property Group. The person in this position will be responsible for organizing, preparing, and filing informational disclosure statements (“IDS”). Individuals with exceptional client service and communication skills, as well as experience in a fast-paced environment will be successful in the IDS Patent Paralegal role.

What You'll Be Doing:

  • Review and process mail from United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) and foreign patent offices according to established procedures in a timely and accurate manner, and organize according to case type and client instructions
  • Generate and monitor daily docket of deadlines and ensure that deadlines are met and system is properly updated
  • Organize, prepare, and file informational disclosure statements with the USPTO
  • Research and catalogue extensive lists of patents, publications, and other literary material to be cited across multiple cases
  • Work with foreign law firms to supply them with appropriate materials to be cited in foreign patent applications; work with foreign law firms and clients to obtain copies of materials to be cited with the USPTO
  • Facilitate ongoing communication with attorneys regarding additional reference materials; process, catalogue, and update case records with continuous flow of new material
  • Work with the IP team to develop, implement, and maintain docketing processes, procedures and policies for patents, and patent applications
  • Provide reference and research assistance to attorneys
  • Meet 1,250 billable hour requirement and production target
  • Perform additional projects and administrative tasks as assigned

Job Requirements

Knowledge Base & Education:

  • Associate’s degree or minimum of two years of work experience in the field of intellectual property, or equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • Strong critical thinking, interpretive, and problem solving skills
  • The ability to learn legal terminology, rules, regulations, and procedures specific to the assigned practice area as well as policies and procedures established by the firm and apply them accordingly
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team oriented environment and contribute to the team’s overall success
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills, as well as the ability to effectively prioritize multiple projects while managing critical deadlines
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Knowledge of Anaqua, Elite and/or iManage (or similar document management system) 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
  • Excellent 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.

To be considered for this position, please submit an application on this website

Please submit a resume with your application.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Broomfield or Denver, CO; Chicago, IL; Madison, Milwaukee, or Waukesha, WI; Raleigh, NC; Salt Lake City, UT; and Washington D.C.