Essential Functions: Coordinates communication between investigators, Technology Commercialization staff and law firms. Receives patent communications and directs the communications to the appropriate staff. Create a docketing system, and prepare and monitor dockets for staff.Responsible for tracking the progress of patent filings, completing checklists and recording patent filing decisions. Reviews and records issued and abandoned patents. Communicates with external service provider regarding the payment of patent annuity and maintenance fees.Facilitates execution of legal documents related to patent filings and other patent office documentation. Coordinates communication between law firms, inventors, institutional signatories and licensing associates.Coordinates the review of invoices from external legal counsel and liaises with other institutional offices for payment. Coordinates annuity payments and maintenance fee payments within WSU.Tracks expenditures for AVP's review.Inputs and updates internal database (Inteum) as applicable to invention disclosures, patent applications, patent correspondence and Administrative Patent Committee documents.Monitors and audits intellectual property protection and licensing to ensure compliance with institutional and government requirements and procedures. Reports invention disclosures and United States patent filings to the federal government using iEdison, prepares and files government reports on all government supported invention disclosures.Perform other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Education Associate's degree or equivalent from an accredited college/university with coursework in paralegal studies or legal support required. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted.Experience Five years patent paralegal experience. Experience in law office under supervision of an attorney and/or in an academic environment required. Experience with Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and annuity services preferred.Experience with government reporting and IEdison preferred. Knowledge, Skills and AbilitiesExcellent project management skills; ability to multitask and work within deadlines. Strong and effective interpersonal skills including the ability to successfully interact with a variety of audiences: research scientists and clinicians, law firms and patent attorneys; licensing associates and other institutional staff and senior administration. Must perform duties with high quality customer service, courtesy and confidentiality. Ability to work both independently and in a team environment; self-motivated. Excellent written/oral communication skills.Demonstrated ability to rapidly adapt to new databases, and maintain databases accurately.
Internal Number: 76_207457
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Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State?s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres; its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan?s public universities. Its students represent 49 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.