Legal Professional Positions

Technical Advisor

US Office

Oblon is seeking a qualified Technical Advisor with 1-2 years of experience drafting patent applications.  This position will work directly with various entities ranging from the Fortune 500 companies engaged in protecting new inventions to startups working on cutting edge technologies.  The candidate will gain exposure to a variety of technologies and have the opportunity to work directly with inventors to draft detailed patent applications covering the inventors’ inventions.

Desired areas of education include electrical engineering, computer engineering and/or computer science.  An advanced degree as well as experience in automotive technology are preferred.  Candidates must have superior technical, writing, communication and analytical skills, as well as the ability to thrive in a team environment.  Experience in drafting U.S. patent applications and/or having passed the Patent Bar is a plus.

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

IP Specialist – Bilingual/Japanese

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 Japanese.

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

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Patent Prosecution Associate

US Office

Oblon is seeking an associate with 2-3 years of experience in patent prosecution and a technical background, ideally in mechanical engineering.  USPTO experience is a plus.  The candidate must be admitted to the patent bar and either be licensed or eligible to sit for the Virginia State Bar.  Excellent academic credentials, writing and communication skills are required.

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

Junior Patent Prosecution Associate

US Office

Oblon is seeking an associate with 1-3 years of patent prosecution experience and a background in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or computer science.  Korean fluency is required.

This candidate will work closely with clients and senior attorneys in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, with opportunities available for involvement in opinion work and litigation. 

Interested candidates should apply online and submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and transcripts (law school, undergraduate and/or graduate).

Accounts Receivable Collector

US Office

This position's duties include entering daily cash receipts, maintaining client accounts, corresponding with clients concerning the status of their account.  Correspondence is not limited to overdue accounts.  Client inquiries concerning billing issues need to be researched and answered in a timely manner.  Excellent communication skills are necessary to interact with attorneys and clients by both phone and with written correspondence.

The successful candidate will type 45 wpm, be proficient in MS Word and Excel, and have attention to detail with excellent spelling and grammar skills.  CMS and/or Elite and patent law firm experience a plus.

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Marketing & Business Development Manager

US Office

Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. in Alexandria Virginia, seeks an energetic, creative, and tech savvy Marketing and Business Development Manager to support the firm’s marketing and business development efforts and to manage the firm’s brand. The Marketing and Business Development Manager will work with attorneys to implement the firm’s business development, marketing, and communications plans. The Marketing and Business Development Manager will manage day-to-day activities for a wide-range of business and client development activities, projects, and firm-hosted events and seminars.

This is a position of significant responsibility and autonomy, which requires a great deal of independent judgment, strategic and critical thinking as well as a polished and diplomatic manner, as well as the ability to function effectively at all levels of interaction. This is a highly visible position within the firm and this individual will report to the Chief Operating Officer and provide guidance, support, and daily oversight to the Marketing Assistant. The Marketing and Business Development Manager will:

  • Support lawyers and practice heads in their business development and marketing efforts including thought leadership, strategy, research, RFP responses/pitches/proposals, survey and directory submissions, market positioning programs including advertising, events and sponsorships, customized materials and print and electronic communications.
  • Provide strategic guidance and proactive recommendations to enhance the visibility of the attorneys and the firm in local, regional, global and industry platforms, including speaking engagements, writing opportunities and other brand-building initiatives.
  • Provide proactive ideas to enhance the strategic market positioning and messaging of practice groups and create content for oblon.com and other social and online platforms.
  • Manage and coordinate external firm publication placements to include drafting press releases, coordinating relevant communication projects such as email alerts and other like communication opportunities.
  • Manage the design, content and production of all internal and external collateral (print and electronic).
  • Build relationships and liaise with key media contacts, including generating and fielding media inquiries and collaborating with appropriate members of the firm for preparing responses.
  • Develop strong processes and follow-up procedures for drafting submissions and nominations/rankings for industry publications.
  • Assist with additional marketing and other firm projects as needed.

Required Competencies:

  • Proven experience in all aspects of developing and managing marketing strategies and activities
  • Demonstrated track record with both print and digital media and in identifying speaking/publishing opportunities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to take a proactive approach to marketing and media relations, utilizing strategy, planning, and execution skills
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to prioritize and complete simultaneous projects with minimal supervision
  • Effective interpersonal and team working skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines, adapt to shifting deadlines and work well under pressure
  • Understanding of legal and business concepts or the ability to learn them quickly
  • High Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and with web interfaces; facility with graphics applications experience a plus.

Required Experience: 5+ years’ experience working with partners/senior executives in a professional services firm or in a marketing agency environment. Prior experience in law firm marketing required. Business, marketing or communications related degree is preferred.

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Formalities Specialist- IP Ops I

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.

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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