Intellectual Property Clerk
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Posted 8 days ago
Job Description

McDermott Will & Emery is a leading global law firm helping to propel the success of today's most respected, dynamic, and important organizations. More than 1,200 lawyers strong, we bring our personal passion and legal prowess to bear in every matter for our clients and the people they serve. Pride and determination abound here because every member of our team is respected, supported, and inspired to exceed. We have been recognized as a top firm to work by The American Lawyer, Working Mother Magazine, Vault, and the Human Rights Campaign for both lawyers and business professionals.

As part of our ongoing commitment to be #AlwaysBetter for our people, clients, and communities, we have created a culture of belonging that champions your individuality and authenticity as both a person and a professional. From our competitive compensation, top benefits and award-winning professional development programs to industry-leading wellness initiatives, we support you through every stage of your life and career so you can live a life you love both in and outside of the office.

The Intellectual Property Clerk provides administrative support to the IP Patent Prosecution, Transactions & Strategy practice group attorneys and support staff. This position assists with departmental file organization and maintenance as well as basic document creation.

As an Intellectual Property Clerk, you will:

  • Prepare time sensitive correspondence for reporting various patent office submissions and documents
  • Assist legal team with preparing documents for filing with the patent office
  • Process daily incoming correspondence and maintain client electronic folders within the firm's DMS, including uploading, organizing and archiving documents
  • Assist with researching and confirming patent data using various patent office websites
  • Upload/download patent-related documents, correspondence, and data to and from client systems
  • Download patent materials from the USPTO and compile client document files
  • Review various USPTO communications for accuracy
  • Assist with the foreign associate and client invoice process
  • Collaborate with IP Specialists to open new client matters
  • Assist with incoming and outgoing transfers of electronic materials

Job Specifications:

  • Minimum High School degree (Bachelor preferred but not mandatory)
  • Minimum 1 year Office experience, preferably in a law firm or professional services firm, prior intellectual property experience a plus
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word), document and file management, Adobe and other software
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced and paperless environment
  • Ability to learn new concepts and skills quickly

We continue to prioritize the health and safety of our McDermott workforce. Consistent with that commitment, in light of the substantial and growing body of evidence that vaccinations remain the most effective protection against the spread of COVID-19, we require that members of our McDermott workforce be fully vaccinated.

At this time we are not asking you to provide any information about your current vaccination status, whether you would seek a medical or religious accommodation to the policy, or for any other medical information. We are only notifying you of the policy if you are interested in moving forward with the application process.

*Policy applies to locations where local ordinances do not prevent COVID-19 vaccination mandates.

- GQ1

McDermott Will & Emery LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and an Affirmative Action Employer (Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran).


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
1+ years
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