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IP Assistant
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Nelson Mullins Riley | New York, NY
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Job Description


The New York office of Nelson Mullins seeks an IP Assistant to work within a patent, trademark/copyright, and IP litigation practice supporting a firm Partner and an Of Counsel attorney, performing tasks related to docket and practice management, USPTO filings, correspondence with foreign counsel and clients, legal research, litigation support, and routine tasks as needed for a busy IP practice in both the biotech/pharma and medical devices industries. The IP Assistant provides both practice-specific and administrative support and reports to the designated IP Coordinator for the Life Sciences team. This role requires in-depth knowledge and experience regarding patent and trademark prosecution requirements and is directly responsible for all U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) filings as well as supervision of the timekeepers' overall docket and administrative needs. The IP Practice Group is seeking a motivated individual who can quickly learn and navigate the procedures and intricacies of two IP teams, and who can operate independently and interface across multiple firm locations.


* Prepare complex, multi-document USPTO filings daily, including review based on filing checklists, entry into electronic dashboard to send to IP Quality Assurance for double-checking, edits if applicable, routing to attorney for final review, completion of filing and reporting of filed documents to client via email.
* Correspond with foreign counsel and clients to provide letters containing substantive attorney input on actions.
* Interface with Foreign Filing department to ensure all documents required to complete foreign/international filings for the day are received and to answer client-specific questions.
* Review incoming daily USPTO correspondence and other actions received via postal mail to prepare correspondence reporting all new documents and deadlines to clients.
* Send requests/instructions and interface with internal staff or outside vendors to create patent illustrations, Information Disclosure Statements of prior art references, and biological sequence or computer software listings.
* Independently and proactively handle non-substantive U.S. docket items such as formalities documents, transfer of rights via assignments, and other administrative client portfolio management.
* Make calls to the USPTO to follow up on the status of filed documents such as Petitions and to confirm with formalities officers and patent examiners regarding any discrepancies from normal patent office requirements.
* Create "shell" response documents/letters for attorneys to complete, incorporating pending case/claims information and a summary of the rejections set forth by the patent/trademark office.
* Manage a heavy trademark prosecution docket, including U.S. and foreign marks and renewals. Handle and provide support for copyrights and domain names action items as needed.
* Monitor IP litigation docket, prepare documents and binders in consultation with IP litigation paralegals and staff.
* Send case information updates to Docketing for CPI, IP Quality Assurance for IPDAS, and Accounting.
* Complete any administrative arrangements required by the attorneys, with support from team Administrative Support Assistant: check/reimbursement requests, travel arrangements, print requests, time entries, saving of documents/emails, opening new matters, processing/edits to pre-bills, interfacing with Accounting to resolve any payment issues or misinformation on bills.
* Respond to client requests regarding billing issues, processing/creation/analysis of client status reports/research projects as requested.
* Review attorney docket reports from CPI for upcoming deadlines and depending on attorney, update personal backup docket, attend docket meeting, or send docket via email.
* Review Daily Docket Clearance reports for deadlines pertaining to attorneys' cases, check on status, discuss with attorney if necessary, ensure all deadlines are met, and respond to Clearance report to ensure action status is updated in CPI to avoid past-due deadlines.
* Organize and prepare files, docket information, and action items for incoming and outgoing file transfers.
* Review any changes to USPTO rules and accompanying filing/docketing procedural changes provided by the IP Procedures Committee.
* Conduct legal research as needed to review USPTO rules and requirements, for instance in the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure or Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure.


Ideal candidate has 3+ years of patent and trademark prosecution experience, preferably in a high-volume law firm environment. Candidate should have strong organizational and prioritization skills, the confidence and knowledge to synthesize information and work independently, the ability to stay calm under pressure, and should be team-oriented. Excellent salary and benefit package.