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.

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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Team Assistant

US Office

To assign and monitor the work flow for the Notices of Allowance, Attorney File Reviews and Post Allowance Team.  Assign and monitor the workflow for the Notice of Allowance and Issue Fees.  Assuming the Team Leader role during any scheduled or unscheduled absences.Review client requests for urgency and drafting responses.  Follow up with IPs/Attorneys regarding any outstanding issues as necessary.  Monitoring the daily docket.  Prepare, proof and e-file Issue Fees as needed.

Qualifications (Experience, knowledge, skills and abilities):

  • Specific patent experience and the ability to demonstrate a solid understanding of the Patent Office rules and procedures.
  • Must have a thorough working knowledge of IP law firm procedures and client special instructions.

Education and/or Unique/Qualifying Skills:

  • Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent or three to ten years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.
  • Must have excellent attention to detail, type approximately 35-40 wpm and have keen organizational skills.  Proficient in Microsoft Word applications.

Administrative Assistant/Rejections

US Office

The Administrative Assistant/Rejections duties include downloading references cited in Rejections from the Patent Office website and linking them into OPTMS.  Printing Rejections for clients who require paper copies.  Obtaining and linking references that need to be filed with new applications either from foreign websites or by linking them from CDs into OPTMS. Reviewing CDs received from clients containing new application documents and linking them into OPTMS.  Also to back-up the soft docketing function for Rejections and process Rejections for reporting to the client.

Must be consistently accurate and demonstrate an ability to work quickly and without error.
Must be able to review and follow comprehensive special client instructions.
Willingness to be flexible by performing responsibilities not specifically identified in the job description and assuming new responsibilities as the firm’s needs change.
Must be able to work independently in an electronic environment including manipulation of documents, running reports, uploading and downloading documents from electronic sources including the Patent Office website and the firm’s document management system.
Must have excellent attention to detail, type approximately 35 wpm and have keen organizational skills.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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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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Summer Associate

US Office

We are seeking Summer Associate for our 2018 Summer Program, ideally with a background in the following areas(s): electrical engineering; aeronautical engineering; aerospace engineering; electronics; applied mechanics; and/or applied physical science. Candidates must have superior technical, writing and communication skills.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and unofficial transcript.

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 Associate

US Office

Oblon is seeking an Associate with 2-4 years of patent prosecution experience. Candidates must have a background in computer science and/or computer engineering and be admitted to the USPTO. VA Bar admission or eligibility to sit for the VA Bar is required.

Qualified 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.

IP Technical Advisor

US Office

Oblon is seeking a Technical Advisor with 0-3 years of law firm experience in IP application drafting. Candidates must have a background in software, computer, or electrical engineering or physics. Experience with 3D Integrated Circuits, 3D logic, and/or Audio/Video encoding is a plus. USPTO-registered patent agent or willingness and eligibility to take the exam is preferred. Foreign language skills such as fluent French, German, Korean, Chinese or Japanese is also a plus.

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 Associate

US Office
Oblon is seeking an Associate with 1-2 years of patent prosecution experience and a background in chemistry with a focus on polymers.  The candidate must have an advanced degree, Ph.D., and be admitted to the USPTO.   VA Bar admission or eligibility to sit for the VA Bar is required.

Qualified 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.

IP Chemical Patent Agent

US Office

Oblon is seeking a Patent Agent with 1-2 years of patent prosecution experience and a background in chemistry with a focus on polymers. The candidate must have an advanced degree, Ph.D. 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.

Junior IP Specialist — ADC

US Office

This position is responsible for review and preparation of client correspondence as well as routine general correspondence; preparation and filing of new patent applications and formalities documents such as Powers of Attorney, Declarations and Assignments; Information Disclosure Statements.  The individual in this position will also be responsible for monitoring PTO deadlines, client deadlines, and attorney calendars to ensure that action due dates are timely met.  Must be able to correctly interpret and follow special client instructions, and must be comfortable interacting directly with staff of all levels.  Other duties as assigned.

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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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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