This is an exciting opportunity to work for one of the top law firms in the U.S. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is looking for an experienced patent professional to join our team in Seattle. This position is responsible for filing and maintaining International and foreign patent filing applications, overseeing disclosure of references, supporting annuity services, conducting patent searches and due diligence in support of litigation and commercial transactions.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
File International (PCT) applications and PCT follow on filings with appropriate offices.
File various types of foreign patent applications with the assistance of foreign counsel.
Review and understand patent docket entries, and actions needed in response to each deadline.
Review incoming communications with attention to patent disclosure requirements in the U.S. and other jurisdictions. Coordinate disclosure of references where needed.
Correspond with clients regarding upcoming annuity deadlines; collect annuity retainers and instruct payments through the firm's annuity payment service.
Conduct patent searches. Extract and organize data retrieved from public and private databases.
Respond to patent due diligence requests.
Participate in patent filing strategy discussions and prepare accurate foreign filing estimates for budgeting purposes.
Conduct factual research (for example: foreign requirements and allowances, chain of title, formality requirements) for patent filings using software tools and library resources.
Provide litigation and transaction support as needed.
Accurately and completely record billable time spent and tasks performed in accordance with firm policy and client-imposed billing protocol, enter and release time promptly in compliance with firm's announced deadlines.
Accurately and promptly submit records of hours worked in compliance with firm policy and applicable employment law.
Additional duties: The position may include some or all of the following, depending upon the applicant's qualifications. * Assist with U.S. patent filings. * Prepare and file Information Disclosure Statements. * Patent Proofreading. * Verification of Patent Term Adjustment. * Assist with preparation and filing of sequence listings. * Prepare copyright applications; compile supporting information and documentation from clients.
Education & Experience:
Four-year degree and completion of a paralegal program of study, or clear demonstration of equivalent knowledge and skill.
4+ years’ experience as an intellectual property/patent paralegal, with a significant focus on foreign prosecution.
Skills and Abilities:
High level of familiarity with PATTSY (or equivalent Docketing software), Thomson Innovation, Thomson Connected IP Payments, Espacenet, ePCT, PATENTSCOPE, and USPTO's PAIR and EFS Web filing systems.
Knowledge of Paris Convention rules, PCT rules and procedures, and country law related to patents.
Advanced proficiency in Internet research skills and use of Microsoft Office computerized business applications (e.g., Word, Excel, and Outlook).
Ability to perform complex tasks and work independently with minimal guidance from attorneys, patent agents and/or scientific advisors.
Highly professional writing skill with ability to convey substantive content clearly and concisely.
Highly developed skill in time and task management, with ability to organize assignments, work calmly under pressure and meet deadlines.
Ability and desire to exercise initiative and independent responsibility.
Ability and desire to work closely and collaboratively with colleagues.
Highly developed attention to detail in striving for perfection in work product and client service.
Ability to protect client confidentiality in compliance with rules of ethics and firm policy.
Availability and willingness to travel, if needed.
Availability and willingness to work extended or flexible hours as needed to accommodate client needs.
This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities.
About Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
The List that Shaped a Legacy
Davis Wright Tremaine is dedicated to providing excellent legal services, and delivering them in a manner customized to each client’s particular needs and preferences.
This commitment has remained intact for decades as the firm has grown across the nation and to China. Today, Davis Wright is a full-service firm with approximately 500 lawyers in nine offices on the east and west coasts of the United States and in Shanghai. We are recognized for excellence in a broad number of areas, with 89 of our attorneys across 31 practice areas cited as leaders in their fields in the most recent Chambers USA guide, and over 140 of our attorneys across 56 practice areas included in the 2015 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America."
Focused on the Future
While we honor and have great regard for our history, Davis Wright is focused on the future of providing legal services. We believe the future will reward those lawyers and firms that innovate and persist in tuning their services to the real-life, changing business needs of their clients. The ability to deliver customized excellence is based on listening to and understanding our clients, and being sufficien...tly flexible to adapt our approach to the client’s needs in the context of the particular situation in which we were hired. That involves talking with our clients, learning what their success measures are, and collaborating with them to ensure our service helps them accomplish those measures.
This always involves excellent lawyering but it also includes:
deep industry knowledge,
gains in efficiency in performing work that does not require a customized solution, or
the application of technology to reduce cycle time and improve quality.
How We Work with Clients
We use a number of techniques to ensure we understand our clients. We use client teams to enhance communication and collaboration among our lawyers, to advance our understanding of our clients’ business objectives, and to confirm with clients that our service model is aligned with their needs. Each year, we conduct dozens of face-to-face client service interviews, led by senior members of the firm, to solicit specific feedback on our lawyers and work, and to understand how, from the client’s perspective, we can improve. And, on a daily basis, we expect our lawyers to deliver value that includes not just excellent legal service but also business insight, user-friendliness, and flawless support.
We believe the way we work with clients is a distinctive feature of the firm and we make it a priority to reinforce its importance.
Teams That Collaborate
In terms of our services, we supplement depth and strength in the core legal functions of litigation, business transactions, intellectual property, and employment with nationally-recognized, broadly-based teams focused on a number of highly regulated industries—including communications, media, financial services, health care, energy, and hospitality. These teams collaborate effectively to provide a unified legal solution that is well-informed by the particular business and regulatory circumstances that influence our clients’ businesses and the legal work they need.
We focus on what we do extremely well. This means we will not be all things to all clients, but that they will place a high value on their relationship with Davis Wright.