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Patent Coordinator 1

Houston, TX

The Patent Coordinator 1 works as a member of the IP Legal Support Team to provide administrative support to Partners, Associates and Technical Advisors in intellectual property matters.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintains patent files and records.
  • Sorts and distributes incoming mail; prepares outgoing mail.
  • Performs electronic indexing.
  • Retrieves data from United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and other search engines.
  • Performs data entry.
  • Downloads copies of publications and patents from USPTO and/or other patent databases.
  • Assembles and prepares documents for filing.
  • Prepares and files Information Disclosure Statements – IDS(es)
  • Prepares and files formal documents (i.e., Assignments, Declarations with USPTO)
  • Reviews issued patents and prepares reporting letters to clients.
  • Participates in administrative staff meetings and attends other meetings, as needed.
  • Performs other incidental and related duties as required and assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required; Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • 2+ years of experience in an administrative/clerical position; research skills a plus.
  • Familiarity with general office procedures and processes.
  • Proficiency with MS Office and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Understands the importance of deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail; ability to multi-task effectively.
  • Excellent client service skills and professionalism.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, highly organized and motivated to succeed.
  • Dependable, reliable and adheres to attendance policies.

If you are interested in hearing more about Patterson + Sheridan, our training, our culture, and our extensive reach and experience in technologies that are changing the world, send your resume to [email protected].

Equal Opportunity Employer

Patterson + Sheridan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our recruiting program is based on hiring practices without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, handicap, or veteran's status.

HR Payroll and Benefits Specialist

Houston, TX

The Payroll and Benefits Specialist coordinates full cycle HR processes in the areas of benefits administration and payroll/HRIS and is responsible for implementing and coordinating firm wide HR initiatives for all offices, as well as other HR related projects, as needed.

Responsibilities:

  • Handles all aspects of payroll processing for attorneys and staff, including maintaining employee time records.
  • Manages and monitors HRIS, payroll and other HR systems.
  • Responsible for assisting with development, planning and implementing firm wide payroll and benefits initiatives, including UI tax entity set up by state.
  • Works with the accounting department to provide reports; reconciles payroll to the general ledger.
  • Performs benefits administration to include claims resolution, change reporting, preparing invoice spreadsheets for accounting group reconciliation, paying HR benefits invoices online, assisting with the annual evaluation of policies for cost effectiveness and budget.
  • Prepares and maintains employee files, assuring accuracy, compliance and confidentiality.
  • Assists with development, recommendation, and implementation of personnel policies and procedures; helps maintain the employee handbook, HR policies and procedures.
  • Develops and manages New Hire Orientation and other staff training programs, as needed.
  • Establishes and maintains department records and reports.
  • Participates in administrative staff meetings and attends other meetings, as needed.
  • Performs other incidental and related duties as required and assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in HR or related field and 2 - 5 years' Human Resources experience, OR
  • Experience with managing payroll for groups of >150 employees;
  • OR any appropriate combination of education and experience.
  • PHR or SPHR certification highly desired.
  • Requires intermediate to advanced knowledge of principles and practices of Human Resources Management.

If you are interested in hearing more about Patterson + Sheridan, our training, our culture, and our extensive reach and experience in technologies that are changing the world, send your resume to [email protected].

Equal Opportunity Employer

Patterson + Sheridan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our recruiting program is based on hiring practices without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, handicap, or veteran's status.

Intellectual Property Associate

Houston, TX, Dallas, TX, Shrewsbury, NJ, Greensboro, NC, San Jose, CA, San Diego, CA

Patterson + Sheridan, LLP is seeking IP attorneys with a computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, physics, chemical engineering, chemistry, or biochemical background and 1 - 6 years of patent law experience, including patent preparation and prosecution, invalidity, and non-infringement opinions.

Patterson + Sheridan LLP is an international law firm with more than 70 attorneys across 7 offices in Dallas Greensboro, Houston, San Diego, San Jose, Shrewsbury, and Yokohama, Japan. Our style is highly collaborative and success is judged largely by how much you help others succeed. Although individual achievements are recognized and highly praised, we never forget it takes a true team effort to deliver the kind of work our clients have come to expect. When hiring, we ask one question: will this person make our firm a better place?

As an attorney at Patterson + Sheridan, you will receive solid training and opportunities for professional growth. We believe that associates should have client contact to see first-hand how large innovative companies, as well as pioneering start-ups, develop products and technologies that are literally changing the world. You can expect to take invention disclosures from inventors, draft specifications with minimal supervision, and generate claims requiring only moderate review. We offer a career progression, leadership training, and the opportunity to build client relationship skills. Each year in the professional life of a Patterson + Sheridan associate brings a wider and deeper development of expertise, designed to increase your value to our clients and our firm.

If you are interested in hearing more about Patterson + Sheridan, our training, our culture, and our extensive reach and experience in technologies that are changing the world, send your resume, cover letter, undergraduate and law school transcripts, and a 5-10 page writing sample to [email protected]

Please send your email to Kendall Lowery, Chief Talent Officer, at [email protected] for more information.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Patterson + Sheridan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our recruiting program is based on hiring practices without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, handicap, or veteran's status.

Patent Agent

Houston, TX, Dallas, TX, Shrewsbury, NJ, Greensboro, NC, San Jose, CA, San Diego, CA

Patterson + Sheridan, LLP is seeking patent agents with a computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, physics, chemical engineering, chemistry, or biochemical background and 1-3 years of patent preparation and prosecution experience.

Patterson + Sheridan LLP is an international law firm with more than 70 attorneys across 7 offices in Dallas, Greensboro, Houston, San Diego, San Jose, Shrewsbury, and Yokohama, Japan. Our style is highly collaborative and success is judged largely by how much you help others succeed. Although individual achievements are recognized and highly praised, we never forget it takes a true team effort to deliver the kind of work our clients have come to expect. When hiring, we ask one question: will this person make our firm a better place?

As a patent agent at Patterson + Sheridan, you will receive solid training and opportunities for professional growth. We believe that patent agents should have client contact to see first-hand how large innovative companies, as well as pioneering start-ups, develop products and technologies that are literally changing the world. You can expect to take invention disclosures from inventors, draft specifications with minimal supervision, and generate claims requiring only moderate review. We offer a career progression, leadership training, and the opportunity to build client relationship skills. Each year in the professional life of a Patterson + Sheridan patent agent brings a wider and deeper development of expertise, designed to increase your value to our clients and our firm.

If you are interested in hearing more about Patterson + Sheridan, our training, our culture, and our extensive reach and experience in technologies that are changing the world, send your resume, cover letter, undergraduate and law school transcripts, and a 5-10 page writing sample to [email protected]

Please send your email to Kendall Lowery, Chief Talent Officer, at [email protected] for more information.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Patterson + Sheridan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our recruiting program is based on hiring practices without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, handicap, or veteran's status.