Legal Professional Positions

For information on our lateral partner recruitment, please contact Alexandra Mai, Director of Legal Recruiting and Retention. 

Note to legal search firms: Legal search firms that wish to present attorneys, patent agents and technical specialist candidates to Oblon must do so through our Director of Legal Recruiting and Retention.  Search firms will be expected to sign Oblon’s Fee Agreement before we interview your candidate(s).  You will not be entitled to receive any compensation as a result of the hiring of any such candidate(s) unless we have an executed Fee Agreement in place with your firm.

IP Patent Prosecution Associate

US Office

Oblon is seeking an Associate with a minimum of 4 years of patent prosecution experience.  Candidates must have a background in electrical or mechanical engineering.  Native Japanese fluency is required.  Big law firm experience preferred.  

We seek candidates with superior technical, writing and communication skills.  The firm offers substantial in-house training, in addition to an outstanding compensation package with a  career path trajectory. 

Interested candidates should apply on-line and submit a resume, cover letter, transcript(s) and writing sample.

Junior IP Specialist – Bilingual

US Office

This position is responsible for assisting with the preparation of client correspondence, as well as routine general correspondence; preparation and filing of documents to include Powers of Attorney, Restriction and/or Election Responses, Assignments, Drawings, Provisional Applications; Information Disclosure Statements and Related Case Lists; maintaining electronic case records to ensure that all pertinent communications/documents are saved in accordance with firm policies; provide Chinese language translation services, and other duties as assigned.

The responsibilities of this position will increase steadily with the goal being to have a complete understanding of patent prosecution and firm processes and procedures in order to provide full support as needed.

Must type 50 wpm, have excellent attention to detail and the ability to work well with staff at all levels. Good verbal and written communication skills a must.  IP experience a plus. Native Chinese language proficiency required.

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Formalities Specialist – IP Ops II

US Office

Proofs OFRs, Notices of Publication, Issue Notifications and Letters Patent to verify the accuracy of information. Prepares and e-files Supplemental ADSs, Requests for COFR, Certificates of Correction. Reviews Office Actions to verify completeness and accuracy of due dates. Calls Examiners to confirm information or to ask for correction. Thoroughly reviews the complete prosecution history of allowed applications to make sure that there are no outstanding issues which have not been addressed and that all appropriate documents have been filed. Verifies that the application is in condition for payment of the issue fee and that all pending issues since the allowance of the application have been attended to. Prepares and e-files issue fee payments. Prepares miscellaneous correspondence and billing sheets. Requires strong communication skills, intermediate knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints. Must be flexible and have the ability to work under tight deadlines, handle multiple tasks and respond quickly to changing responsibilities and priorities.

Education and/or Unique Qualifying Skills:

Bachelor's degree preferred or combination of work experience and education equivalent.

Basic understanding of Patent Prosecution preferred.

Must have excellent attention to detail, type approximately 35-40 wpm and have keen organizational skills.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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IP Litigation Associate

US Office

Oblon is seeking an Associate with 2-3 years in IP litigation experience, including IPRs.  A technical background, including chemical engineering or mechanical engineering with knowledge in chemistry, is preferred.

Qualified candidates must have superior technical, writing and communication skills. The firm offers substantial in-house training, in addition to an outstanding compensation package with an attractive career path trajectory.

Interested candidates should apply on-line and submit a resume, cover letter, transcript(s) and writing sample.

IP Technical Advisor

US Office

Oblon is seeking a Technical Advisor with 1-2 years of experience in application drafting.  A background in mechanical engineering or electrical engineering is required.

We seek candidates with superior technical, writing and communication skills. The firm offers substantial in-house training, in addition to an outstanding compensation package with an attractive career path trajectory.

Interested candidates should apply on-line and submit a resume, cover letter, transcript(s) and writing sample.

IP Chemical Patent Agent

US Office

Oblon is seeking a bilingual USPTO-registered Patent Agent with 1-3 years of experience prosecuting patent applications. Candidates must be fluent in Japanese and have a strong chemistry background, Ph.D. preferred. Superior technical, writing, communication and analytical skills, as well as the ability to thrive in a team environment are required.

Interested candidates should apply on-line and submit a resume, cover letter, transcript(s) and writing sample.

Formalities Specialist- IP Ops I

US Office

Reviews, processes and files new National Phase, Bypass Continuation and Utility applications to include complete review of client correspondence, identification of missing documents, preparation of formal documents such as Declarations or Substitute Statements. Reviews and processes all associated formalities after filing of new applications to include Official Filings Receipts, Notices of Publication, Office Actions, responses to Missing Parts, Issue Notifications and Letters Patent. Prepares and e-files Supplemental ADSs, Declarations, Assignments, Translations of Specifications, previously prepared Preliminary Amendments, Requests for Corrected Official Filing Receipts, Certificates of Correction as needed. Prepares and e-files Information Disclosure Statements to include determining whether fees or certification are required. Reviews and processes Notices of Allowance to include a complete review of the entire history of the application to verify that there are no outstanding issues that need to be addressed and that all appropriate documents such as Assignments, Declarations, Priority Documents etc. have been filed.  Verifies that all information such as inventor information, Applicant information and Application information is correct by comparing it to documents previously filed. Verifies that all Information Disclosure Statements have been considered and that current/allowed claims are correct. Prepares and e-files payment of the Issue Fee along with any other required documents. Prepares various reporting letters to include preparation of billing sheets and drafting of basic client correspondence requesting any missing items or to clarify any discrepancies.Requires strong communication skills, intermediate knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints. Must be flexible and have the ability to work under tight deadlines, handle multiple tasks and respond quickly to changing responsibilities and priorities.

Bachelor's degree preferred or combination of work experience and education equivalent.

Basic understanding of Patent Prosecution preferred.

Must have excellent attention to detail, type approximately 35-40 wpm and have keen organizational skills.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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IP Specialist – Bilingual/Chinese

US Office

This position will provide secretarial assistance to an attorney in patent prosecution practice.  Duties will include maintaining attorney's docket, preparation of filings and other documents, maintaining electronic files and paper files, and other administrative tasks.  Will be called upon to communicate in both English and Chinese with native Chinese language proficiency required.

55 - 60 wpm, advanced Word skills, flexibility and initiative.  Prior patent experience, administrative experience, oral and written fluency in Chinese required.

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Patent Legal Assistant/Paralegal

US Office

Review, process and file new National Phase, Bypass Continuation and Utility applications to include complete review of client correspondence, identification of missing documents, preparation of formal documents such as Declarations or Substitute Statements.

Review and process all associated formalities after filing of new applications to include Official Filings Receipts, Notices of Publication, Office Actions, responses to Missing Parts, Issue Notifications and Letters Patent.

Prepare and e-file Supplemental ADSs, Declarations, Assignments, Translations of Specifications, previously prepared Preliminary Amendments, Requests for Corrected Official Filing Receipts, Certificates of Correction as needed.

Prepare and e-file Information Disclosure Statements to include determining whether fees or certification are required.

Review and process Notices of Allowance to include a complete review of the entire history of the application to verify that there are no outstanding issues that need to be addressed and that all appropriate documents such as Assignments, Declarations, Priority Documents etc. have been filed. Verify that all information such as inventor information, Applicant information and Application information is correct by comparing it to documents previously filed. Verify that all Information Disclosure Statements have been considered and that current/allowed claims are correct.

Prepare and e-file payment of the Issue Fee along with any other required documents.

Prepare various reporting letters to include preparation of billing sheets and drafting of basic client correspondence requesting any missing items or to clarify any discrepancies.

Bachelor's degree preferred or combination of work experience and education equivalent.

Advanced understanding of Patent Prosecution required.

Must have excellent attention to detail, type approximately 35-40 wpm and have keen organizational skills.

Must be able to work independently in an electronic environment including manipulation of documents, running reports, creating correspondence and filings, uploading and downloading documents from electronic sources including the Patent Office website and the firm’s document management system.

EOE