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CoMotion at the University of Washington is the collaborative innovation hub dedicated to expanding the economic and societal impact of the UW community. By developing and connecting to local and global innovation ecosystems, CoMotion helps innovators achieve the greatest impact from their discoveries.
We have an exciting opportunity for an Intellectual Property Paralegal. This position will report to the Director, Innovation Development and will work closely with a team of patent experts and provide vital and complex support for patent preparation, filing, patent searches, and patent maintenance in connection with patents filed on UW technology as a result of the University's research activities. The IP Paralegal will also provide complex support in trademark prosecution, copyright registration, and domain registrations.
Duties of the Position:
Coordinate and perform patent and legal research required by the Assistant Director, Patents and Patent Portfolio Manager. Review legal correspondence for detailed and complex requests for database recordation, establishment of deadline requirements, and case management purposes.
Summarize legal documents for the Assistant Director, Patents and the Patent Portfolio Manager; Analyze documents for accuracy. Prepare drafts of legal documents. Prepare legal and other correspondence. Prepare declarations.
Disseminate, track, and retrieve required legal documents necessary for patent and trademark prosecution and copyright registration.
Analyze and track intellectual property in compliance with University, State, and Federal policies and regulations for the protection of the University's intellectual property.
Initiate and monitor financial commitments for outside legal counsel.
Manage status report of prosecution activities to ensure deadlines are met.
Be a point of contact for CoMotion Patent Team and liaise with researchers, attorneys, licensees and other University units on administration processes of patent, trademark, copyright and license issues.
Initiate and forward substantive composition of documents and correspondence which is commonly of a confidential, contractual and legal nature to University inventors, patent and trademark counsel, licensees and other corporate contacts.
Provide support to Patent Portfolio Manager and Assistant Director, Patents in preparing patent drafts with claims of appropriate scope;
Provide support in the preparation and filing of selected patent applications for both U.S. and international patent applications and manage patent dockets related to such filing;
Provide support for internal patent searches;
Provide support for the preparation of voluntary claim amendments, office-action responses, re-examination requests and/or appeal briefs as required for pending patent applications.
Assist Patent Agents with detailed patent research and continuous updates and filings.
Trademark Registrations (legal docketing, file management, assignments, classifications, reviewing/submitting specimens, reviewing/submitting statements of use, renewals, status reports, due diligence, domain registrations)
Copyright Registrations (file management, interacting with developers to complete and submit registrations, obtaining/reviewing/filing physical hardcopies/CDs/etc. for deposit copies, track registration)
Coordination of all IP assets for projects under management (copyright, patent; trademark, domain.) Related database entry Administrative responsibilities
Non-Patent IP Support
Provide training, leadership, mentorship and assistance to other staff on legal administrative work and legal policies and procedures.
Coordinate, facilitate and participate in Patent Team meetings
Provide staff support to establish docketing, researching, and tracking protocols for all case activities.
Investigate, triage, and outline solutions for IP Management needs. Suggest updates to database design for proper IP tracking.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
Two years of complex Patent Prosecution or Legal Administrative work experience or related work experience.
Proven organizational, administrative, interpersonal, problem-solving and decision-making skills;
Proven ability to exercise independent judgment, multi-task and meet required deadlines;
Proven ability to work well with diverse personalities in a team, and function well under pressure.
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products.
Flexibility and availability for local and national travel to attend conferences and meetings that cannot be accommodated during the normal eight-hour work day.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Experience working in higher education
Conditions of Employment:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
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