About the Job
The Paralegal plans, coordinates, oversees and directs quality programs designed to ensure continuous production of products consistent with established standards by performing the following duties. He/she will report directly to the Senior Vice President and work closely with the organization’s outside legal counsel.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Develops and initiates standards and methods for maintaining all legal files and governance policies to monitor legal compliance.
- Oversees the process of obtaining and defending patents and trademarks.
- Establishes program to evaluate need for outside legal services and negotiates legal fees when necessary. Recommends appropriate outside legal services when required.
- Creates and maintains a matrix of on-going legal activities related to patents, trademarks, liability, employment, product litigation, foundation(?) and others as necessary.
- Completes and/or oversees legal filings as required.
- Identifies relevant Legal issues and creates plans to mitigate those issues.
- Provides accurate and timely counsel to Executive staff in a variety of legal topics including Intellectual property matters, product liability, trademarks, employment, international issues and others.
- Collaborate with management and outside legal counsel to devise efficient defense strategies.
- Research and evaluate risk factors related to key business decisions and operations.
- Apply effective risk management techniques and offer proactive advice on potential legal issues and ramifications.
- Assists with agreements, contracts and other legal documents to ensure the company’s full legal rights.
- Maintains current knowledge of changes/potential changes in the law that would affect interests and/or business model.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Paralegal degree from an accredited program preferred, and 5 plus years of experience in Intellectual property law, preferably representing manufacturing
REQUIRED TOOLS AND TECHNOLOGY
Working proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word. Ability to use Mapics. Ability to use Microsoft PowerPoint preferred.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, legal journals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
OTHER KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, OR ABILITIES
Other skills needed to perform this job include active listening; critical thinking; resource management; social skills; judgment and decision making skills; and systems, procedure, or equipment analysis/evaluation.
While performing the duties of this job, the associate will need to have knowledge of legal and management principles; customer service; production and manufacturing processes; computers and electronics; application of engineering science and technology; and design techniques.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The associate is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or touch; and lift up to twenty-five pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Environment would be typical of a manufacturing environment. Working around manufacturing equipment is required. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Occasional work-related travel is expected.
The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the occupation described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the occupation.