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Intellectual Property Clerk

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Intellectual Property Clerk

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Seeking an experienced Patent Prosecution Secretary to provide administrative and secretarial support for attorneys and patent agents in our Intellectual Property Practice Group.

Position Summary:

The Intellectual Property Clerk II provides administrative support to the IP Prosecution, Transactions & Strategy practice group attorneys and support staff.  This position assists with departmental file organization and maintenance as well as basic document creation.  The Intellectual Property Clerk II works under immediate supervision and relies on instructions and pre-existing guidelines to perform the essential functions of the job.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare time sensitive client reporting letters for various U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) submissions
  • Assist with the foreign associate invoice intake process including scanning and saving files to the Firm’s document management system (DMS)
  • Collaborate with IP Specialists and the Information Governance department to open new client matters
  • Maintain client folders within the DMS including uploading, organizing and archiving documents
  • Download patent materials from the USPTO and compile client document files
  • Review various USPTO communications for accuracy
  • Upload/download patent-related documents, correspondence, and data to and from client systems
  • Scan incoming notices and correspondence, saving and/or archiving in designated folders
  • Prepare and file provisional patent applications, information disclosure statements, issue fee payments and fee address forms

 Job Specifications:

  • High school diploma
  • At least one (1) year of related work experience
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to learn new concepts and skills quickly


Successful candidates will be provided with outstanding career opportunities and will receive a competitive total rewards package with the opportunity to earn performance-based bonuses.

Expected Pay Range in Los Angeles $57,000 – $76,000
Expected Pay Range in Orange County $54,000 – $73,000
Expected Pay Range in New York, San Francisco & Silicon Valley $59,000 – $80,000

 Please note that quoted salary ranges are not guarantees of what final salary offers may be. Base pay is based on market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Base pay is only one part of the Total Rewards that MWE provides to compensate and recognize our staff professionals for their work. Full time positions are eligible for a discretionary bonus and a comprehensive benefits package.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: 

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records