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IP Docketing Manager

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Company Description Anchorage Consultants is an executive placement firm located right outside of Washington, DC. Our model is based on a dual approach of utilizing our vast personal networks and technological savvy to locate and place top flight professionals in the public and private sectors. We employ a results based methodology to find the right people for the right positions. Job Description Responsibilities include: Supervising the Firmwide Intellectual Property docketing department staff members. Ensure that policies and procedures are being followed and met on a day to day basis by the Docketing Department in accordance with established Firm guidelines.u00a0 Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication, and training of the day to day docketing staff and other staff members as requested by management.u00a0 Must be available as a first level response to questions and problems from the docketing staff members, attorneys, and staff to enable the Docketing Department and IP Practice to function in a consistently productive manner.u00a0 Develop training courses for new and existing docketing staff to ensure that the docketing staff are updated on new rules and/or requirements to enable them to complete their day to day responsibilities accurately and timely.u00a0 Responsible for the overall accuracy and completeness of the docketing of documents that are received from government agencies, including the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office, within the requirements set by the Code of Federal Regulations, Rules of Practices, and/or clients.u00a0 Resonsibilities also include: u00a0Overseeing the integrity of the docket database, which included accuracy and compliance with the Rules of Practice as governed by government agencies and within the Firmu2019s established procedures.u00a0 Maintain knowledge of trends, developments, and legislative rulings impacting patent administration; keep up to date on USPTO procedural changes; perform research to clarify patent rules; and serve as an expert on IP procedures and regulations.u00a0 Maintain a thorough knowledge of the docket database to create specialized reports and make appropriate changes as necessary.u00a0 Organize, delegate, and provide follow-up on the performance or routine and more complex assignments by working closely with the docketing staff and management.u00a0 Responsible for the compilation of information for the Docket Manual and for the accuracy and completeness of the Manual. Seek approval of process changes from management. Document and communicate changes within the policies and procedures to management. Receive and review the Docket Departmentu2019s timesheets, leave requests, overtime requests, etc.u00a0 Work closely with all departments to assist with the workflow of the Firm. In conjunction with the Firmwide IP Practice Support Manager and Local Records Support, efficiently and accurately process files that are transferred into or outside of the Firm. Work closely with each office to coordinate the workflow to expedite the transfers of applications without causing risk to the IP Practice.u00a0 Identify policies and procedures that can be improved and suggest operational enhancements of the Docket Department.u00a0 Set clear performance expectations and measurements for the docketing department staff. Various other tasks as requested/needed. Qualifications Candidates must have 5-7 years of progressive Intellectual Property experience.u00a0 At least 5 years of managing/supervising a teamu00a0 Prior experience with sophisticated IP docket software required (e.g., Inprotech, CPI, Patricia, Foundation IP, IP Manager).u00a0 Inprotech is preferred.u00a0 Undergraduate degree required. Additional Information Competitive salary. Full benefits.u00a0

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