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Intellectual Property Paralegal/Legal Assistant

Company: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labor
Location: Laurel
Posted on: September 21, 2023

Job Description:


Would you like to use your paralegal expertise to help create the next defining innovation?Are you ready to think boldly and support the nation in finding solutions to critical challenges faced by our national security, space and national health missions?If you would like to work on novel legal issues that enable next-generation technological innovation, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.We are seeking an Intellectual Property (IP) paralegal to join our team in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at APL to partner with a team of experienced attorneys in supporting one of the country's world-class premier research laboratories.As an IP Paralegal you will...

Provide support to ensure effective operation of the IP section and other parts of OGC.Serve as a knowledgeable resource for OGC, Tech Transfer, and inventors and provide guidance, and ongoing support as needed.Investigate and resolve patent-related issues in-house and with the USPTO.Draw up and prepare U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) correspondence, such as responses to Office Actions and information Disclosure Statements for review by a patent attorney.Prepare USPTO forms for U.S. and International patent application filings.File applications, responses, and other forms with the USPTO.Prepare and input incoming IP disclosures into the Laboratory's IP database.Produce outgoing legal forms and correspondence for attorney signature.Review and determine appropriate recipient for incoming correspondence from the USPTO.Maintain critical information on patent cases in the Laboratory's IP docketing system.Run docket reports as needed.Coordinate associated tasks with other parts of the Laboratory.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent, with relevant experience working with IP matters.
  • Have a working knowledge of USPTO filing systems.
  • Have experience with a patent docketing system (e.g. CPI, IPDAS), and US patent prosecution and maintenance.
  • Possess strong organizational skills.
  • Have a working knowledge of software such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Possess strong and effective inter-personal skills, including excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Have at least one year of paralegal experience or experience working in a law firm setting.
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a final Secret level clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you have...
    • An Associate's or higher level relevant degree.
    • At least three years of experience as an IP paralegal, preferably with patent preparation and prosecution matters.
    • Working knowledge of databases such as Wellspring's Sophia and Computer Packages Inc. (CPI).
    • Knowledge of research and development in a government contracting setting.The ability to become qualified or are qualified, as a notary public.Why work at APL?The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates. At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at.
      About Us

      APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Only by ensuring that everyone's voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

Keywords: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labor, Baltimore , Intellectual Property Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Legal , Laurel, Maryland

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