Novagraaf UK is looking to expand its team in Manchester with an experienced Trademark Paralegal / Team Coordinator.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated and experienced Trademark Paralegal candidate who is looking for progression into a team leadership role.
In return we offer the potential for a career in Intellectual Property with a leading European Group.
Role and responsibilities
As a Trademark Paralegal, you will work closely with the existing team to provide a wide range of support to the attorneys.
This is a varied role that offers the chance to develop your skills and take on additional responsibilities.
Team Coordinator responsibilities (20%)
With guidance from the Management team full day to day supervision of five formalities staff
Ensuring that all the day to day formalities activity is delivered by the formalities team, thus enabling fee earners to spend more time servicing client needs.
Assisting with the review of and improvement of internal formalities procedures
Taking responsibility for general office management and administration duties
Key paralegal responsibilities (80%)
To support the attorney in the management of client portfolios and be aware of and undertaking all the formalities required to successfully manage trademark portfolios in the UK, EU and overseas, including :
Filing trademark applications and renewals
Preparing IPO forms including those requiring fee earner input
Reporting non-contentious examination reports to client
Preparing simple examination responses
Managing filing and recordal projects, coordinating documentary requirements etc.
Preparing basic assignment documents
Managing Inprotech database, including creating, auditing and updating records to ensure accuracy
Maintenance of Inprotech diary system, monitoring due dates
Maintenance of files and document management system
Responding to clients, IPO and foreign associate queries that do not require fee earner input or responding in conjunction with fee earner input where appropriate
Drafting update reports for clients in conjunction with fee earner
Drafting advice regarding searches and filing strategy
Preparing draft opposition / cancellation forms
Preparing evidence bundles
Drafting substantive advice on simple legal queries
Conducting basic TM clearance searches
Managing integration of new trademark portfolios onto our systems
Reviewing charges on Work in Progress
Reviewing Agent invoice for approval / challenging agent invoices
Conducting Client conflict and money laundering checks
Essential skills and behaviours
The successful candidate will be expected to work predominantly on their own initiative and be :
Have the ability to work to tight deadlines and varying workloads
Ability to prioritise tasks
Proactive in their approach
Ambitious for increased responsibility and progression
Have a flexible attitude to work
Good team working skills
Minimum five years' experience in trademark formalities. Applicants with patent experience may also be considered.
Knowledge of the Inprotech management system is desirable. However, full training will be provided for the systems and processes used by Novagraaf.
CITMA certificate also desirable.
Competitive salary depending on experience
25 days holiday
Generous pension scheme
Full support and training