Company: Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
Job Title: Intellectual Property Paralegal/Specialist
Location: Chicago, IL

Job Summary:

Honigman is a premier business law firm with an international practice. Recently recognized in Chicago as one of the Best and Brightest Places to Work, we earned this recognition by recruiting attorneys and staff members with outstanding credentials. In addition to Chicago, we have offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Grand Rapids, Michigan. With more than 300 attorneys working in 60 different areas of concentration, Honigman provides timely and cost-effective counsel to clients in numerous industries.

We are seeking an Intellectual Property Patent Paralegal/Specialist in our Chicago office to provide legal support on a variety of tasks focused on patent matters, including gathering of preliminary technical information for patent assessment, monitoring deadlines for various domestic and foreign patent activities, and handling routine activities in connection with the maintenance and protection of domestic and foreign patents. The person will also assist with the docketing of U.S. and foreign patent matters, including patents, license agreements, and related contested matters.

Job Description/Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates domestic and international filings with the USPTO and foreign law offices and/or other foreign entities.
  • Maintains docket system of due dates for actions including responses, renewals, oppositions, Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) requirements and payment of patent annuities in foreign countries.
  • Prepares and files various documents with the USPTO or foreign counsel.
  • Prepares and records assignments.
  • Prepares correspondence to clients.
  • Prepares status summary reports for attorneys and clients.
  • Reviews and takes action on correspondence received from foreign associates.
  • Obtains legalizations and certifications.
  • Researches and compiles information pertaining to national and international patent rights including searches of USPTO records, industry databases and general legal research.


  • Associates degree in any field and at least one year of patent experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with U.S. and foreign patent work (prosecution, maintenance and renewals).
  • Strong computer literacy, including proficiency in Word, Excel, and the ability to work with Innovation, PATTSY, Lexis/Nexis, and other research databases.
  • Must be a problem solver, willing to work and think with independence, handle confidential information with discretion, and accept responsibility for producing work that is consistently complete and accurate.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, highly versatile and adaptable and able to multi-task in a pressured environment.
  • Ability to handle a high volume of work and work through projects with minimal supervision.
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-up skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Excellent work ethic and a commitment to professionalism.
  • Willingness to learn and use new research materials and practice tools.

We are recognized as one of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Places to Work and we offer a very competitive salary and excellent benefits package.  If you are a top performer and are interested in joining an exemplary team, we want to speak with you! 


Company: Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Job Title:
IP/Trademark Paralegal
Location: Chicago, IL

How to Apply:

Please officially apply to this role on our website. You can do so by adding the role to your “Apply List” and following the steps on our Staff Careers page.

Job Summary:

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is seeking a paralegal to support our Trademark practice in our Chicago or Atlanta offices. The Trademark Paralegal will work on matters relating to trademark, copyright and domain name matters, with an emphasis on foreign and domestic trademark prosecution. This position will interact with colleagues in a team setting and will work directly with other paralegals, attorneys, case assistants, clients and third party vendors and is expected to uphold the image of the Firm by maintaining positive contact with clients, attorneys and staff, and observing confidentiality of client matters.

Job Description/Responsibilities:

  • Assist attorneys and clients in intake, planning and managing trademark portfolios.
  • Manage multiple client-facing databases containing all completed and pending trademark matters for each client.
  • Assist with preparation, filing, prosecution and maintenance of trademark applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Initiate foreign filings and coordinate and correspond with foreign trademark agents concerning foreign trademark applications.
  • Develop foreign filing strategies and file Madrid international trademark applications.
  • Monitor prosecution deadlines. Ensure thorough communication and proper responses are provided.
  • Prepare status charts for clients. Communicate and correspond with clients concerning new and pending applications. Maintain and expand ongoing client relationships.
  • Conduct online trademark searches and other investigatory functions.
  • Organize, maintain and update files and docket information related to clients’ trademark portfolios.
  • Domain name and copyright experience a plus.


  • Bachelor's degree or paralegal certificate from an ABA approved program.
  • 5+ years of extensive foreign and domestic trademark prosecution experience with knowledge of SEAGIS and CPI docket database.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, detail-oriented work environment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral)
  • Exhibit a high degree of initiative and independent judgment with excellent troubleshooting and follow-thru skills.
  • Computer proficient with advanced skills in all Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Explorer and Outlook) required.
  • Knowledge and experience with database management and administration is preferred.

Company Overview:

At Seyfarth Shaw, we are leading the way to deliver legal services more effectively, more efficiently, more transparently.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP provides thoughtful, strategic, practical legal counsel to client companies and legal teams of all sizes. With more than 850 attorneys in the U.S., London, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney, we offer a national platform and an international gateway to serve your changing business and legal needs in litigation, employment, corporate, real estate and employee benefits.

We have gained acclaim for our innovative SeyfarthLean client service model, which incorporates the core principles of Lean Six Sigma to the delivery of legal services, and we continue to develop new reporting and project management tools for greater transparency and collaboration with our clients.

Our efforts have contributed to our recognition by in-house counsel as ‘Best of the Best’ for client service within the BTI Consulting Group's Client Service A-Team and being named by the Financial Times U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report among the most innovative law firms.

Seyfarth Shaw. The difference is clear.