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.

Technical Advisor

US Office

Oblon is seeking a Technical Advisor with 0-2 years of patent prosecution experience and a background in electrical engineering. Candidates must be fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Superior technical, writing and communication skills, as well as the ability to work collaboratively are necessary. Industry experience, graduate level work and/or USPTO admission/experience are preferred.

Desired areas of expertise include communications; electronics; analog and digital circuitry; semiconductor design; signal processing; telecommunication; and/or computer architectures.

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.

New Applications Proofer

US Office
  • Proofs new applications for accuracy to include but not limited to reviewing the client letter and all enclosures, reviewing all documents prepared by the team for accuracy and for compliance with Patent Office rules and client special instructions.
  • Receives new applications for initial review and log-in which consists of completing a check list to ensure that all items are enclosed with the client’s order letter and that they are the correct forms.
  • Obtains any missing documents from the various website.
  • Prepares basic non template client correspondence requesting any missing items or to clarify any discrepancies.
  • Sends report letters with enclosures via mail, desk top faxing, e-mail or portal.
  • Prepares Declarations, Assignments and Powers of Attorney for execution and forwards them using template or non-template letters.
  • Must be able to demonstrate an ability to prepare new applications for e-filing in the U.S. Patent Office to include but not limited to preparation of Fee Transmittal forms, ADSs, IDSs, SORs, LORs, POA cover sheets and any other necessary documents along with template correspondence and billing sheets.
  • Must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Patent Office rules and procedures regarding the information that should be included in all types of new applications, letters and/or filings at any given time.
  • Should have three years of patent experience in the above noted areas.
  • Must be able to demonstrate an ability to excel in detail checking.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent or three to ten years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Must have excellent attention to detail, type approximately 35-40 wpm and have keen organizational skills.  Proficient in Microsoft Word applications.

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

Patent Agent

US Office

Oblon is seeking a Patent Agent with an advanced degree in electrical engineering and 2-3 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 qualified 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.

Candidates must have superior technical, writing, communication and analytical skills, as well as the ability to thrive in a team environment.

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

Technical Advisor

US Office

Oblon is seeking a Technical Advisor with 0-2 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 qualified 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. 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.

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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Docketing Specialist

US Office

As part of this firm's central Docketing department, the purpose of this position is to provide support to the firm and its clients by completing all daily duties associated with the processing of incoming PTO and other correspondence for foreign and domestic Patent, Post Grant, Trademark and Copyright matters as well as clearing daily firm dockets.

The candidate must meet the following:

Extremely detail oriented and well organized

Able to type 35-40 wpm

Thorough understanding of foreign and domestic docketing procedures and rules

Knowledge of how to process, calculate due dates and docket all types of PTO and IP related mail including but not limited to general Patent, Trademark, Post Grant, Reexams, Interference/Derivations and contested proceedings as well as Copyright matters

Ability to read and fully comprehend the implications of all PTO and client correspondence

Ability to identify invalid docket answers as well as omitted or erroneous PTO filed documents to ensure all docketed and cleared are timely and accurately handled

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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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Electronic Communications Specialist

US Office

Description:  This position entails processing incoming and outgoing correspondence for all “portal” clients, as well as a handful of clients that use special e-mail encryption software.  The incoming component involves downloading, logging & reconciling, saving in DMS, and electronically routing to the appropriate section.  The outgoing component involves reviewing all documents, logging & reconciling, and uploading to the various portal systems.  Communication with supervisors and support staff in order to answer questions and resolve problems is required on a regular basis.  The department also fields questions on the PTO’s electronic systems (EFS-Web, EPAS, etc.) and keeps the firm informed when issues arise, so some knowledge about these would be helpful.  This person will report to a team leader and a supervisor.

Qualifications:  Attention to detail, excellent written and verbal communication skills, basic/intermediate knowledge of MS Excel, basic/intermediate knowledge of patent prosecution terminology.  Data input typing required - speed less important than accuracy.  Hours: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm (must have some availability for overtime, if needed).

Equal Opportunity Employer

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