Paralegal (Intellectual Property & Litigation)

  • Job Reference: 358466106-2
  • Date Posted: 24 August 2021
  • Recruiter: Wolters Kluwer
  • Location: Lansing, Michigan
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Legal

Job Description

**Job Summary**This position will be part of the Wolters Kluwer Global Law and Compliance Department and will be responsible for supporting corporate legal functions, primarily in the areas of intellectual property and litigation.**Job Description**This paralegal position will be responsible for providing legal support to the corporate legal team, which includes litigation, intellectual property, regulatory, and cybersecurity, and will report to the Deputy General Counsel, Corporate. While the position will focus primarily in the areas of litigation and intellectual property, the ideal candidate will support the corporate legal team with additional projects relating to regulatory and cybersecurity matters.Specifically, with regard to intellectual property, this position will support the execution of IP strategies through the management of global filings and documentation of the robust global trademark and patent portfolio, including: clearance, recordation of assignments, renewals, office actions, and new filings working with in-house and outside counsel.With regard to litigation, this position will (a) play a significant role in developing, implementing, and updating litigation processes and procedures, (b) support global litigation reporting, (c) support the management of outside counsel relationships, (d) support litigation matter management, budget and reporting requirements, and (e) assisting in other tasks and special projects.**Essential Duties & Responsibilities**IP Support+ Liaise with IP attorney, in-house clients, and outside counsel to assist in the gathering of documents and the preparation, filing, prosecution, and maintenance of IP, including managing deadlines.+ Assist in watches, opposition, cancellation, litigation, enforcement, and defense of IP assets.+ Review acquisition and divestiture documentation to ensure the applicable IP is transferred, assigned, outside counsel is informed, any government offices updated, and the docket and billing have been updated.+ Track dockets, provide IP status reports, and assist stakeholders in compliance with IP policies and procedures.+ Facilitate and manage the signing of various document certifications, including, power of attorney, assignments, appointment of representatives, Apostille seals and legalization.+ Conduct research and prepare reports.+ Managing and tracking budgets and accruals and administrative set up of new matters, including review of outside counsel billing and invoices.+ Assist with projects and ensure that legal requirements are understood and implemented by other teams and departments.+ Analyze requests, perform, and review trademark searches, engage with business, to assist in determining IP risk with IP attorney.+ Periodically manage the audit of the trademark portfolio for use, renewals, and identification of watched trademarks, including review of websites and materials.+ Submit takedown requests to websites and social media platforms that include infringing material.+ Annually audit, review and update to copyright notices+ Manage the DMCA filings and notices; periodically review to ensure DMCA notice is appropriately posted+ Conduct searches in the Public Records Catalog+ Collaborate with IT on SSL verifications and review and approve new domains prior to purchaseLitigation Support+ Support all aspects of litigation management including appropriately triaging incoming matters and service of process notices; open, update, and close new matters in e-billing and matter management system; prepare and issue legal holds+ Primary contact for outside counsel and external legal vendors, including assistance with outside counsel retention agreements, outside counsel billing guidelines, and coordinate information requested by outside counsel+ Update case status in matter management system throughout life of matter; ensure all key documents (pleadings, motions, etc.) are loaded into matter management system+ Assist in discovery activities, including identification of information sources within the business, act as liaison between outside counsel and internal resources to obtain necessary documents/information, facilitate and perform document collection activities+ Facilitate settlement processing including ensuring reserves are tracked in matter management system, as well as facilitate communication and coordination with finance as needed+ Support preparing responses to routine third party subpoenas, requests from law enforcement, and other requests for information from the Company+ Support litigation team with preparing regular litigation reports to executive management, external auditors, and internal stakeholders+ Develop a strong rapport and working relationship with the legal and business team members to help drive the delivery of effective and high-quality legal services+ Assist with day-to-day activities and special projects to support the litigation teamQualifications+ Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent work experience+ Minimum of 4 years experience as a Paralegal+ Strong project management skills+ Ability to take initiative, prioritize and problem solve, and communicate effectively+ Highly organized, detail-oriented, high degree of accuracy and consistency+ Experience in a corporate legal environment preferred+ Proficiency in the use of technology applications for matter management, knowledge management, e-billing, document preservation and electronic discovery, management of outside counsel, and ability to quickly master new technology+ Strong skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook+ Experience with TyMetrix360, SharePoint, Legal Hold Pro, and Digital Discovery Pro, a plus+ Curiosity, humility, and good judgmentEQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITYWolters Kluwer U. S. Corporation and all of its subsidiaries, divisions and customer/business units is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.