The Trademark Practice Group Assistant will support the trademark attorneys and paralegals by providing administrative and organizational support on domestic and international trademark matters.
Assists with compiling evidence needed for responses to Office Actions; Oppositions and maintenance documents
Organizes matters upon file intake for new trademark portfolios
Assists with file transfers out when transferring to new firm, etc.
Prepares letters to clients regarding foreign filings, upcoming Proof of Use deadlines, Affidavits of Use and Renewals
Drafts and processes letters for forwarding official documents to the client or foreign associate
Checks USPTO Trademark Official Gazette for publication and accuracy of information
Assists with preparation of TM status charts; cleans up reports generated by docketing database for client ready review
Researches Domain Name Registry for registrant information
Reviews trademark and domain name watch notices and Thompson-Reuters Watch Notices to report any trademark a client might want to oppose
Gathers data from the Internet for trademark investigations, such as cease and desist demands, company and people information, evidence of use materials
Sets up informational notebooks and virtual files and assists with electronic filing, scanning documents and files to bring hard copy files into current protocol
Handles other special assignments as assigned by the Practice Group or Paralegal Manager
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (Duties) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. If you need such an accommodation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (current employees should contact Human Resources).
Education and/or Experience: Required:
Bachelor's degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience
Strong organizational and communication skills
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
Previous law firm IP trademark experience
Proficient in computer research
Other Skills and Abilities: In addition to the above, the following may also be required of the successful candidate:
Excellent organizational skills
Excellent attention to detail
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Well developed analytical and problem solving skills
Works harmoniously and effectively with others as part of a team
A self-starter who desires to show ownership and commitment to the job
Exercises confidentiality and discretion
Ability to work effectively under tight deadlines
Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.