We are seeking a Litigation Paralegal who is highly motivated to assist Verinata’s in-house patent attorneys in all phases of the patent litigation process, including pretrial and trial matters.
Provide legal support on a variety of tasks during all phases of the litigation process, including gathering of preliminary technical information, assisting with document production, monitoring deadlines, preparing witness and materials for case preparation, and handling routine activities from initiation of a case to the discovery period through trial and post-trial findings and appeals.
Support in-house counsel of Verinata’s Intellectual Property (IP) Department in patent litigation matters.
Work with Verinata’s IT Department, outside counsel, and third party vendors on electronic discovery, electronically stored information (ESI), and all matters relating to document collection, preservation, and production.
Organize documents and coordinate document production. Working closely with in-house counsel, collect and organize documents for production; review documents for subject matter; set up and maintain files organized chronologically, numerically, and/or by subject matter; categorize documents by subject matter; prepare chronology of facts and create production charts.
Organize and update internal files. Establish, maintain, and update files as needed. Maintain document databases.
Monitor case schedules and filing deadlines. Receive and review incoming documents; assist with scheduling, docketing and calendaring dates for internal department use.
Under attorney supervision, assist with fact gathering for interviews with clients or witnesses. Summarize depositions, interrogatories and testimony.
Assist with preparation of witnesses for deposition and deposition exhibits. Working under supervision of attorneys, gather and prepare documents relevant to the deponent and organize exhibits. Digest deposition transcripts and prepare summaries of deposition highlights as needed.
Organize interview memos, digests, and other relevant documents for attorney review and case preparation.
Organize and maintain documents relating to pre-trial motions.
Serve as liaison between various internal departments and work closely with in-house counsel and outside counsel in gathering documents and evidence for production, depositions, motions, and trial.
Assist attorneys in preparing for depositions, hearings, and trial as needed, including reviewing documents, and organizing, assembling, and maintaining exhibit and document databases.
Assist in performing legal research. Prepare memos, charts, and tables as needed.
Organize, maintain, and review non-litigation legal department and patent documents as needed.
BA/BS degree, preferably with a background or education in biochemistry/molecular biology, biological science, physical science, or biotechnology.
5+ years experience as an intellectual property (IP) litigation paralegal (preferably patent litigation experience), preferably including at least several years as a litigation paralegal at a law firm, with experience assisting in pretrial and trial matters, including discovery matters, motion practice, and trial proceedings.
In-house experience and/or experience in the biotechnology industry are a plus.
Prior experience with case management and management of all phases of electronic discovery (eDiscovery), including the implementation of legal holds requiring the preservation of electronically stored information (ESI), as well as electronic document collection and production.
Prior experience with document management software systems and eDiscovery platforms and software tools.
Hard working and detail-oriented, commitment to professionalism, with flexibility and willingness to work on a broad variety of matters.
Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail with follow-up skills.
Strong interpersonal skills with all parties and levels, both internal and external.
Ability to prioritize workload and work through projects with minimal supervision.
Knowledge of the US Patent and Trademark Office, familiarity with patents, patenting process, and/or patent-related experience are a plus.
Proficient in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and use of the Internet and email, and able to quickly learn and utilize other computer applications used by the IP department and outside counsel.
Ability to work and think with independence, handle confidential information with discretion, and accept responsibility for producing work that is consistently complete and accurate.