Robert Half Legal PATENT LEGAL ASSISTANT in Chicago, Illinois

Work for a top Technology Consulting Firm in the Loop! As a team member, the IP Legal Assistant provides support to attorneys, patent agents and paralegals as needed in this busy in house department. They provide a high level of client services to assist in administering domestic and foreign patent prosecution dockets; reporting communication to clients; e-filing, familiarity with Office Action rules and classification and counting of claims; document processing; making travel arrangements and preparing travel itineraries for attorneys and paralegals; processing new business intake and expense forms; time entry for assigned attorney(s); answering telephones and taking messages; arranging meetings and conferences; monitoring incoming mail, faxes and e-mails; filing and other administrative duties as assigned. Responsibilities include: Assists attorneys in the preparation and filing documentation with the US Patent and Trademark Office and PCT filings; Works with various foreign agents to file direct national patent and trademark applications; Uses word processing and document management software (MS Office 2010, including Excel, Workshare Compare, DM, etc.) to prepare/revise, format and finalize a wide variety of documents; including correspondence, memoranda, and legal materials; Prepares new client screening applications and conflict checks; Prepares a variety of routine correspondence and administrative forms; Strong proficiency working with CPI (patent docketing software), Private/Public PAIR and USPTO trademark database; Interacts on a daily basis with departments within the Firm to facilitate highest possible legal support to assignments and clients, including Accounting (check requests); Office Services (mail, FedEx, UPS, messengers); Reception (scheduling/arranging meetings and requested accommodations); Duplicating and Document Center; Establishes and maintains paper and electronic files in compliance with current Firm policies; Provides assistance to other Legal Secretaries within Firm whenever necessary to meet Firm and client needs; Prepares attorney expense reports and client billings; Answers, screens and places phone calls. If you are interested in this position, please send a copy of your resume DIRECTLY to claire.marshall@roberthalflegal.com AND Chinetta.foster@roberthalflegal.com

Located in major North American and global markets, Robert Half Legal is the premier provider of legal staffing and consulting solutions on a full-time, project, and temporary basis, serving both law firms and corporate legal departments. We also provide project and eDiscovery teams and workspace for a wide range of initiatives, including litigation support, mergers and acquisitions and document review matters. Our dedicated teams' industry experience allows us to quickly match skilled legal professionals with the best available jobs. We offer challenging opportunities, competitive compensation and benefits, and skills-enhancement training.

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Req ID: 01300-9500706915

Functional Role: Paralegal

Country: USA

State: IL

City: Chicago

Postal Code: 60611

Compensation: $65,000.00 to $75,000.00 per year

Requirements: Bachelor's Degree preferred; Minimum three (3) years of legal secretarial experience in Intellectual Property- Patent, Trademark and/or Prosecution matters; Knowledge of PTO practices and procedures, docket reports, TEAS/TSDR system as well as electronic filing experience through PAIR with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Advanced proficiency in MS Word and formatting documents with a minimum typing speed of 65 words per minute required; The ability to work core business hours of 9:00 am - 5:00 pm with flexibility for overtime, as required; Ability to deal courteously/effectively with others; Able to prioritize tasks in high-pressure environment. Strong organizational skills combined with the ability to work independently on several projects at one time. If you are interested in this position, please send a copy of your resume DIRECTLY to claire.marshall@roberthalflegal.com AND Chinetta.foster@roberthalflegal.com