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Job Title: Intellectual Property (IP) Paralegal

Company: Clark Associates, Inc.

Clark Associates is seeking an experienced Intellectual Property Paralegal who will work closely with the General Counsel on trademark, copyright and patent matters, as well as non-IP matters. The successful candidate will play a critical role in creating and managing the IP portfolio, and coordinating and handling a variety of administrative services, so dedication, an eye for detail, and communications skills are essential.

As IP Paralegal, you will manage the key aspects of the IP protection and enforcement function, including the following:

  • Perform and review trademark searches
  • Assist in the selection of in-house trademark docketing system
  • Prepare trademark and copyright applications and other trademark prosecution and maintenance documents for filing at appropriate federal and state offices
  • Communicate with and draft correspondence to outside counsel and foreign associates
  • Proactively manage trademark prosecution docket, ensuring all deadlines are met in a timely manner, communicate calendar and docket updates to attorneys
  • Monitor external usage of trademarks through trademark watch notices, brand monitoring searches and services from third-party vendors
  • Protect IP portfolio through assistance in identification of inappropriate use, preparation of cease and desist letters, take down notices, assertions of infringement and related correspondence
  • Assist in opposition, cancellation, litigation and enforcement proceedings
  • Identify need for international protection
  • Use Corsearch, IP management software (docketing software) and various rights databases to conduct research

Additional non-IP responsibilities will include:

  • Draft legal contracts, correspondence and other documents
  • Provide contract support for standard corporate agreements, such as non-disclosure, marketing, supply, manufacturing and professional services agreements
  • Assist with paperwork needed by regulatory bodies
  • Perform legal research
  • Responsible for reviewing, tracking, and monitoring legislation that impacts the company’s products
  • Produce documents related to the development and implementation of corporate policies and templates
  • Provide administrative support for documents and activities related to corporate restructurings, such as mergers, acquisitions, formations, and dissolutions
  • Responsible for support related to litigation, mediation, arbitration, and responses to complaints, including communicating with outside counsel
  • Assist in tracking of outside counsel billing and invoices
  • Manage special projects as assigned
  • Perform other related duties as needed or assigned

The ideal candidate will meet the following minimum requirements:

  • College Degree or paralegal certification required
  • 5+ years of experience working in an IP prosecution environment within a law firm or in-house
  • Clear and demonstrated understanding and experience with U.S. trademark law.
  • Experience with Corsearch or similar trademark databases
  • Committed to keeping abreast of changes in USPTO rules and procedures
  • Current experience managing trademark docketing and management system
  • Familiarity with searching patent databases is a plus
  • Tech-savvy individual with knowledge of and experience in Google Docs, Google Drive and Microsoft Office Suite (Teams, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word), PDFs
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and able to stay on-task
  • Effective team contributor; ability to work independently
  • Self-motivated, exercise sound judgement, and demonstrate effective planning, problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Able to manage multiple and varied projects in a timely and effective manner
  • Unmatched work ethic
  • A fun, can-do, cheerful, collaborative attitude

We offer competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package including paid time off, medical/dental insurance, 401k with company match, wellness programs, and gym membership reimbursement.

Our Lancaster headquarters features an on-site fitness center and cafeteria. If you’re ready for a challenge, and have the ambition to succeed in a fast-paced, growing industry, we’d love to discuss this position with you!