Patent Prosecution Secretary – Tysons Corner, VA

Major International law firm seeks a Patent Prosecution Secretary to perform complex and specialized work related to the specific function of providing patent prosecution support for clients to whom assigned.

You will provide organizational and substantive support for assigned clients, their portfolios and filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Redbooking deadlines and Docketing. Responsible for monitoring and expediting workflow for assigned clients. Manage all aspects of administrative patent prosecution support for U.S. patent matters of assigned clients. Develop and maintain strong relationships with assigned clients to deliver responsive and appropriate client service. Anticipate future requests based on understanding of client business needs. Maintain Redbook and review electronic Weekly Docket for assigned clients; proactively communicate with and remind practitioners of due dates; review Daily Dockets and attend to pertinent entries with Docket Department. Utilizing knowledge of the patent practice and adhering to USPTO procedures and firm policies and protocols, timely create and file accurate and comprehensive USPTO submissions, including Information Disclosure Statements. May also be responsible for ensuring compliance with reporting requirements for prior art in international cases. In support of managing client portfolios, process incoming mail related to U.S. patent prosecution and report USPTO correspondence to clients. Apply specialized knowledge of client preferences to assemble, establish, maintain and adhere to specific guidelines for assigned clients. Respond to client inquiries regarding routine patent portfolio matters and provide status reports to clients upon request. Provide back-up support for colleagues to complete overflow work. Proactively mentors and regularly assists with training junior staff in department. File loose documents and emails relating to U.S. patent prosecution. Submit New Business Memos for new applications. Assist with initiating client file transfers and disengaging clients. Review vendor invoices for assigned clients and process for payment by accounting

A Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Detailed and advanced knowledge of USPTO procedures and keeps abreast of 37 C.F.R. and Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) rules. Detailed and advanced knowledge of the USPTO website, including PAIR, EFS and EPAS and related websites. Proficient in essential software programs related to functions (i.e., IPDAS, Inprotech, Records Manager, Ework, etc.); MS Word; and, Outlook. Basic knowledge of MS Excel and MS PowerPoint. Typing 60+ wpm

2-15 years of progressive patent prosecution experience as a patent secretary, Patent Legal Assistant or patent paralegal 9-5:30, up to $75,000 DOE and amazing benefits