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Patent Paralegal at Microsoft



Mid Level

Redmond, WA, USA

Not defined

10 Sep → 10 Oct


Job Description

The Intellectual Property Group’s Portfolio Development Team has an immediate opening for a Patent Paralegal.
Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.
Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist Microsoft patent attorneys on counseling of client groups to select the appropriate inventions to patent, determine appropriate filing timelines and manage filing strategies to achieve patent protection within budget expectations, including managing filing date deadlines, signature requirements, foreign filing licenses, and export controls.
  • Partner with the patent attorneys to manage US and International Patent prosecution dockets.
  • Develop and maintain key contacts to stay current on the organization’s structure and designated development areas.
  • Develop an understanding of Patent Group procedures, including an understanding of engineering teams supported by various Patent Development Teams and related procedures managed by the Patent Operations team.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Prior experience and general knowledge in the computer software technology field. Demonstrated ability to work independently with limited supervision, while interfacing with a variety of personalities across a large number of diverse internal groups, teams, divisions, and cultures.

  • Analytical problem solving, ability to deal with ambiguity and move forward based on solid assumptions and risk mitigation.

  • Confidence, interpersonal awareness, and ability to impact and influence others without direct authority.

  • Ability to work efficiently, meet demanding deadlines in a fast-paced environment, prioritize workflow and adjust to frequent workload fluctuations.

  • Strong organizational and project management skills, with a desire and ability to work with diverse teams.

  • Ability to learn new data collection systems quickly and escalate issues appropriately.

  • Excellent issues management skills, including ability to identify root causes, drive for resolution, and make improvements systematically

  • 2+ years of demonstrated patent experience or related IP experience required (in-house or law firm)

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Proficient computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office programs such as Microsoft Outlook, Word and SharePoint and Excel

  • Detail and results oriented with excellent organizational and analytical skills

  • Ability to work independently while also being a strong collaborator

  • Ability to multi-task and work well independently as well as with a team.

  • Detail-oriented and able to identify and recommend improved solutions.

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