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Patent Prosecution Paralegal

At thyssenkrupp we have more than 155,000 employees in nearly 80 countries and annual sales of 43 billion. We are active in automotive engineering, logistics, plant technology, steel production, elevator manufacturing and much more. We work in large and small businesses all around the world " but we always work together. We have over 200 years of experience in industry and the latest cutting-edge technology. We have a position thats right for you, that piques your interest, and that puts your skills to the test.

This position will provide paralegal, docketing, and administrative support to internal intellectual property (IP) counsel at thyssenkrupps North American Regional Headquarters in Chicago. A specialized paralegal with experience in docketing, patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) filings, and all aspects of IP is needed to help manage the day-to-day demands of the IP attorneys.


Assist in preparation and filing of prosecution documents, including patent application submissions, restriction requirement responses, amendments, information disclosure statements, declarations and assignments, allowance review and issue fee payments, formalities and appeal submissions. Assist in the preparation and filing of trademark registration applications, various declarations, and specimens of use at the USPTO. Assist in the preparation and sending of various internal client reporting and communication correspondence. Proactive patent portfolio management by timely processing and prioritizing client instructions; conducting status updates via PAIR or other patent office websites; and accurately tracking and clearing deadlines. Interface with and data entry into network-based IP docketing system. Assist internal patent attorneys with expense report preparation and filing.

Qualifications, Experience, and Skills:

Bachelors degree or accredited paralegal certificate

3-5 years of working experience as either a patent prosecution specialist or paralegal, including managing a docketing system, managing patent databases, working with outside counsel, and e-filing at USPTO (Law firm experience preferred)

Exceptional competency and in-depth knowledge of patent regulations and rules and the patent prosecution process both nationally and internationally

Extensive experience and competency in patent prosecution procedures, including docketing, patent (and trademark) document preparation, and electronic filings with the USPTO or foreign jurisdictions

Must possess strong attention to detail, excellent organization, and solid analytical skills
Must be self-motivated, be able to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines

Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint), (PAIR, EFS-Web, and EPAS), Adobe Acrobat

Knowledge of PatOrg docket software is a plus

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