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U.S. Patent Prosecution Paralegal

Ballard Spahr LLP
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
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Ballard Spahr LLP, a national law firm with 15 offices across the United States is seeking a Patent Prosecution Paralegal to support our Intellectual Property (IP) lawyers in the Philadelphia office.  Our patent team offers industry-wide services in patent prosecution and patent portfolio development and management, as well as collaboration in transactions. The selected paralegal will be responsible for assisting IP lawyers with servicing clients’ intellectual property matters, including primarily the preparation, filing, and prosecution of domestic patent applications. This position can be located in the Philadelphia, Atlanta or New York offices.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Performing legal research and factual investigation using on-line search engines and patent databases including researching patent families and patent ownership interests.
  • Assisting with patent due diligence review/acquisition evaluations.
  • Reviewing litigation papers to verify accurate description of patents or relevant laws/regulations.
  • Reviewing docket database for upcoming deadlines; reviews standard and special reports generated by patent docket clerks.
  • Preparing reports for clients and attorneys from databases, preparing assignments, powers of attorney and inventor declaration documents and preparing preliminary amendment to add priority claims; assist with amendment of the claims.

The Patent Prosecution Paralegal will also create and file information disclosure statements and legal requirements and standards for same, respond to lawyer questions on U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rules relating to intellectual property filings and manage the integration of patent files transferred from other firms including coordination with patent docket clerks on docket database entries.


The ability to multitask without loss of efficiency or accuracy, exercise independent judgment, reason logically and make sound decisions in a fast-paced work environment. Strong written and oral communication skills, research, organizational and interpersonal skills are essential to be successful in this position.

Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree or significant relevant work experience in patent prosecution in place of degree. Previous patent prosecution experience working in a law firm or corporate legal department is preferred. A working knowledge of patent docketing procedures and experience with U.S. patent filings. A high degree of technical proficiency in the firm’s computer applications including but not limited to MS Office and knowledge of docketing software, preferably IP Manager. Must be able to work beyond the standard scheduled hours as needed. 

Ballard Spahr is committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession and to supporting the communities where we live and work. People from all backgrounds are valued and integrated into every part of the firm. Diverse candidates, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Ballard Spahr is not accepting resumes from search firms for this position.

Ballard Spahr offers excellent compensation, a comprehensive benefits package, and a generous paid time off program. For immediate consideration, please visit our career page https://jobs.silkroad.com/BallardSpahr/Careers and apply online.

Ballard Spahr is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a culturally diverse environment. The firm encourages applications from a diverse pool of candidates, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, handicap or disability, citizenship, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, transgender status, sex stereotyping, genetic information, ancestry, veteran status or any other category protected by applicable law.


Posted: 2021-04-05 Expires: 2021-05-06

Ballard Spahr LLP

Ballard Spahr LLP, an AmLaw 100 law firm with more than 650 lawyers in 15 U.S. offices, serves clients across industry sectors in litigation, transactions, and regulatory compliance. We partner with clients—from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, governments, and non-profit organizations—to deliver the strategic counsel, powerful advocacy, and dynamic thinking that helps them overcome challenges, protect what’s important, and position for future success. The firm combines a comprehensive scope of practice with strong regional market knowledge. And we are nationally recognized in the development and use of innovative technology to drive efficiency, transparency, and results. Please visit www.ballardspahr.com.


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