Overall Responsibilities:              Genus plc is a market leader in porcine, dairy and beef genetics and is uniquely positioned as a global player, with a dedicated, multi-species research and development function and an international distribution network. Food consumption is expected to rise by 60% in the next 20 years. Our challenge is to affordably and sustainably meet that escalating demand while global resources diminish. Our vision is clear: Pioneering animal genetic improvement to help nourish the world. We are hiring an experienced Paralegal to help us keep growing and serve the R&D business unit. If you’re dedicated and ambitious, Genus is an excellent place to grow your career. Don’t hesitate to apply.

Specific accountabilities:            

  • Reviewing and managing USPTO and foreign counsel correspondence.
  • Tracking due dates via docketing systems and matter management and coordinating with attorneys and staff to meet all identified due dates.
  • Overseeing the execution and legalization of documents for submission in intellectual property matters.
  • Handling routine documentation for all aspects of US and Foreign prosecution of intellectual property matters. Filing documentation with intellectual property offices.
  • Proactively preparing client reporting and prosecution documents. Communicating with USPTO, attorneys, foreign associates, staff and clients regarding all aspects of patent prosecution.
  • Reviewing outside counsel and other vendor invoices for accuracy and processing payment of the same.
  • Assisting with due diligence and other intellectual property issues related to agreements or other transactional matters.
  • Researching regulations and case law.
  • Assisting with compliance with applicable laws, corporate governance policies and supervisory procedures.
  • Maintaining and creating corporate records, minutes, and filings for the company’s domestic subsidiaries
  • Providing support for specific business development projects.
  • Assisting attorneys by preparing litigation documents including pleadings, briefs, motions, subpoenas and discovery-related materials.
  • Assisting attorneys with discovery requests, depositions and subpoenas.
  • Drafting, proofreading and updating presentations, reports and templates.
  • Preparing, reviewing and negotiating simple form contracts and correspondence.

Qualifications and experience:

  • At least 3-5 years working with intellectual property and patent prosecution.
  • A Paralegal Certification is desirable.
  • Experience with PAIR, EFS-WEB and/or Patent Center are a plus.
  • Trademark prosecution experience desirable, but not required.
  • A strong attention to detail and experience managing an extensive patent prosecution docket.
  • An exceptional client service focus.
  • An ability to work independently and to prioritize and multi-task to complete projects effectively and efficiently.
  • Outstanding communication (oral & written) and organization skills.
  • Having the experience and flexibility to work on a broad variety of legal matters.

Capabilities and behaviors:

  • Reflects Genus R&D’s aim of having the strongest talent in the industry
  • Lives and displays the Genus ABS Values and behaviors at all times in day to day work.
  • Maintains professional verbal and written communications with co-workers, internal and external customers, and vendors at all times.
  • Flexible with job responsibilities and consistently strives to be an effective team member.
  • Strives to advance skills and displays a willingness to accept future development.
  • Actively participates in Company training opportunities to further develop applicable skills.
  • Gains a thorough understanding of the Company’s business and the department’s role within the company.

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