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Patent Legal Secretary

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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.

Boston, MA

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The Boston, Massachusetts office of Finnegan, one of the world’s leading and largest intellectual property law firms, is seeking a Patent Legal Secretary to join our dynamic team. The Patent Legal Secretary will provide secretarial support to attorneys and technical specialists related to the patent prosecution process including:

Assisting with preparing applications, responses and other patent prosecution documents for filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and reporting filings to clients;

Monitoring, processing, and assisting with completing attorney’s dockets;

Preparing routine correspondence, reading and routing mail, maintaining patent files, and screening attorney’s incoming telephone calls;

Performing research and compiling data as requested by attorneys; and

Other duties as assigned.


5+ years of patent prosecution secretarial experience with domestic patent prosecution in a law firm environment.

Foreign patent prosecution experience including preparing and filing PCT applications is a strong plus.

Thorough knowledge of USPTO rules and practices, including docketing, public/private PAIR, national stage prosecution and formality requirements.

Proficiency with MS Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.

Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Excellent proofreading skills.

Strong attention to detail and excellent organizational skills, with the ability to handle multiple projects.

Ability to work well under pressure, meet deadlines and be a strong team player.

The firm offers an excellent compensation and benefits package and is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

Patent Legal Secretary: 5 years

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Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.
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Company Profile
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, commonly known as Finnegan, is the largest international intellectual property law firm in the United States. It is based in Washington, DC. Finnegan was founded on in 1965 by Marc Finnegan and Douglas Henderson in with a view to focusing only on intellectual property law. Finnegan has 375 intellectual property lawyers supported by about 600 professionals, including patent agents, legal assistants, and dedicated docketing, research, litigation support, and information technology specialists. With 45 years of experience, it has successfully been navigating the US IP law serving clients of all sizes and has the resources and expertise to formulate and execute global strategies. On behalf of its clients, it appears in courts throughout the US and before regulatory and administrative agencies in Washington, D.C. The firm’s professionals are multilingual and multicultural. Besides Washington, DC., Finnegan has offices in Atlanta, GA, Cambridge, MA, Palo Alto, CA, Reston, VA, Brussels, Belgium, Taipei, Taiwan, Tokyo, and Shanghai. The firm also has strong ties to the IP legal communities in Korea and India. The firm has a wide range of IP focused talent. It offers full IP legal service from electrical and computer technology, industrial manufacturing, consumer products, medical devices, and biotechnology to pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and alternative energy. Its areas of practice cover all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law. Finnegan believes in its clients and protects them. Global leading corporations repose faith in its legal, technical, and scientific experience. Diversity is part of Finnegan’s culture. It is ranked as one of the top law firms for minority and overall diversity. The firm was recognized by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) as a gold standard firm in 2011 and 2012 as it integrated women into its highest leadership echelons. Its commitment to diversity speaks a lot about its culture in general. As a place to work, Finnegan has ranked on various Top 20 lists in the Avery Index. Finnegan & Henderson was founded in Washington by Marcus Finnegan and Douglas Henderson in Washington, D.C., in 1965 to do quality legal work focused exclusively on intellectual property law. In1968, the name of the firm was changed to Finnegan, Henderson & Farabow. Art Garrett became partner, and his name is subsequently added to the masthead in 1973. Marc Finnegan died in 1979 and Don Dunner became a name partner of the firm. It became the first patent firm to have opened its office in Japan in 1998. The firm opened its office in Brussels to cater to the needs of its growing European base. The Taipei office was opened in 2003 and its Shanghai office in 2008. The firm changed its logo and shortened name, Finnegan, came into being in 2008.

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