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BASF Paralegal III Intellectual Property in Florham Park, New Jersey

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, citizenship, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, disability status, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation.

We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development.

And we are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine in 2021 as one of America’s Best Employers.

Our greatest assets -- our people and the chemistry they create -- are fundamental to BASF’s success. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!

Where the Chemistry Happens…

Paralegal, Intellectual Property - 2102910 – Florham Park, NJ or Research Triangle Park, NC

The Paralegal, Intellectual Property (IP) role is integral to the continued protection and management of BASF’s IP assets. The role reports operationally to the Director, Intellectual Property Operations, NA (based in San Diego, CA, USA).

If selected for this role, you will be expected to provide, in a timely and effective manner, the highest-quality IP legal support. You must be an experienced, self-directed professional, demonstrating excellent time management, organizational and technology skills. You will be responsible for patent preparation, filing, and prosecution, contract administration, and office and financial administrative responsibilities, acting as a liaison between internal and external customers.

Formula for Success: You Will…

Directly handle the following responsibilities, in cooperation with the North American IP team, global IP team, or in cooperation with outside counsel.

  • Working under the direction of an IP attorney or patent agent, preparing and filing US, PCT, and foreign National Phase patent applications and accompanying documents;

  • Preparing responses to office actions, restriction requirements, formalities, etc.;

  • Preparing Information Disclosure Statements and cross-referencing cited art across multiple applications;

  • Corresponding with outside U.S. and foreign counsel;

  • Establishing, updating and maintaining files and records, including opening and closing files;

  • Implementing and maintaining data management systems, processing a variety of highly confidential information;

  • Maintaining dockets and docket reports for multiple IP attorneys and/or patent agents;

  • Coordinating with IP Department colleagues in other regions on IP related matters, including interacting with foreign consulates in various countries to assist in securing legalization and other formalities;

  • Assisting IP attorneys with the preparation of certain IP related agreements;

  • Assisting business colleagues with preparing and submitting contract requests, modifications, and extensions for IP legal review;

  • Reviewing executed IP contracts to complete contract records in the IP database;

  • Acting as liaison between the IP Department, the Legal Department, internal business and R&D colleagues, companies, universities and contractors, as appropriate;

  • Presenting training materials to internal business and R&D colleagues regarding the use of the IP management database and workflow processes;

  • Scheduling appointments and maintaining calendars; scheduling, coordinating and facilitating meetings, and web conferences;

  • Assist IP attorneys and/or patent agents with preparing reports, presentations, documents, and group projects;

  • Attaining comprehensive knowledge of organizational policies, practices, procedures and applying to daily office management;

  • Managing deposit and customer accounts with the USPTO; and

  • Assisting IP attorneys and/or patent agents in creating and managing automated Request for Proposal processes; and

  • Liaising with outside counsel, the Accounts Payable and Controlling departments, and the Director, Intellectual Property Operations to ensure timely and accurate billing.

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma/GED

  • Paralegal Certification, preferably from an ABA-accredited program

  • Minimum of 8 years of experience working in a paralegal position, preferably in managing patent prosecution and IP contracts

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (BA/BS) preferred

  • Extensive experience with IP docket/management systems, preferably Anaqua

  • High level of proficiency with MS Office applications

  • Experience with using patent office databases/online interfaces, such as USPTO, WIPO, and EPO

  • Multi-task oriented and able to manage tight deadlines

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…

The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. We believe that adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. Our suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities that we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career is you@BASF . With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.

Working for the large, global organization that BASF is, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

Job: LEIN - Legal & Insurance

Organization: GBI/UP-Intellectual Property - North America-63017926

Title: Paralegal III Intellectual Property

Location: NJ-Florham Park

Requisition ID: 2102910

Other Locations: US-NC-Durham