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Patent Prosecution Paralegal

Perkins Coie

Perkins Coie

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2023

Job Description:

At Perkins Coie, we look for self-motivated individuals, dedicated to providing value and superior service and who have a high degree of integrity and enthusiasm for their work. We have created a company culture based on collaboration, devotion to serving our clients, and mutual respect. Perkins Coie is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion both within the firm and throughout our collective communities. Work with one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For and receive great health insurance, tuition reimbursement, and paid sabbaticals.


Perkins Coie LLP’s nationally recognized Intellectual Property group is seeking a highly motivated Patent Prosecution Paralegal to join our team. This position will assist throughout the firm with coordinating and supporting all phases of U.S. patent prosecution matters. The individual in this role must possess experience and understanding of all aspects of U.S. patent prosecution case support including preparing and filing patent applications and prosecution documents via the electronic filing systems, data collection and review, and utilizing document/information management databases. Must demonstrate the ability to conduct legal research and complex factual investigations.


The following essential functions are primary job duties that incumbents must be able to perform unassisted or with some reasonable accommodation.

  • Prepare and file patent & design applications and prosecution documents via the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) electronic filing system (EFS-Web) & Patent Center.
  • Prepare and file Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications via ePCT and USPTO Receiving Office.
  • Communicate with clients, government agencies/officials, foreign agents, consultants, and other parties regularly to collect and assemble information. Communicate findings to the appropriate parties.
  • Manage a docket and track deadlines on a secondary docket; monitor and follow up with the appropriate parties on action items and filing deadlines.
  • Client portfolio management including preparing and maintaining status reports and prior-art charts.
  • Maintain current knowledge of U.S. and PCT rules as they relate to the patent prosecution practice.
  • Assist with client transfers including review of the chain of title, submission of Revocation and Substitute Power of Attorney documents to the USPTO, and preparation and review of electronic file history.


  • Thorough knowledge of all phases of U.S. and PCT patent prosecution processes procedures, databases and filing systems.
  • Familiarity with international procedures, corresponding with foreign associates and managing foreign deadlines.
  • Superb organizational, analytical, and communication skills are a must.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with the firm’s lawyers and business professionals, clients, and other professionals.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments, work well under pressure, and have flexibility to assist the team in meeting client demands on accelerated schedules.
  • Basic computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Acrobat, and Outlook required.


  • Requires five-plus years of recent experience working as a patent prosecution secretary or paralegal in a law firm or in-house legal department, or equivalent.
  • A Paralegal Certificate or bachelor’s degree a strong plus.

This position is eligible for an annual discretionary bonus, 401(k) plan, medical, dental, and vision insurance, accrued paid time off plan starting at 20 days annually, personal medical and parental leave, up to ten paid Holidays, and family care benefits. More information regarding benefits and programs may be found here.

This position may be filled in the following location(s). The compensation depends on qualifications and experience.

San Francisco Bay Area compensation range: $70,280 to $126,490 annually

Colorado compensation range: $55,060 to $99,100 annually

Los Angeles compensation range: $64,120 to $115,410 annually

San Diego compensation range: $63,310 to $113,950 annually

New York compensation range: $53,430 to $96,180 annually

Washington State compensation range: $58,080 to $104,540 annually