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Reporting to the Manager, Intellectual Property, the successful candidate will provide support to trademark professionals in the Ottawa Office and clients alike.
- Preparing responses to Nice Classification letters from CIPO; including determining, when necessary, any related filings and their classification history; research into client businesses (potentially involving direct client contact when directed by professional); transmitting documents to professional and/or client for approval; preparing on-line submission to CIPO; and preparing reporting letters to client respecting the filing of the responses.
- Reviewing and drafting reporting letters on any Official Actions relating to classification to clients.
- Preparing applications for filing in foreign countries; including determining, when necessary, filing requirements; obtaining and preparing necessary documents, such as, Assignments and Power of Attorney documents for execution by client; transmitting documents to client for execution; preparing letter of transmittal to foreign associate with instructions for filing the application; and preparing reporting letters to client respecting the filing of the applications.
- Updating Intellectual Property in-house database with all necessary notes and data input, including due dates, payments etc.
- Reviewing and reporting formalities (including Application filing, filing Receipts etc.) to clients for foreign applications.
- Assisting in resolving work related issues and provides support and mentoring to other members of the team.
- Initiating follow up actions where and when necessary.
- Liaising with foreign counsel to obtain and, when directed by the professional, provide information.
- Reviewing and monitoring daily diary and due case reports and initiating appropriate action where necessary such as sending necessary reminders to clients.
- Handling all incoming and outgoing mail related to global portfolio; composing letters to incoming correspondence and ensuring that appropriate action is taken.
- Preparing reports on an as needed basis.
- Ability to communicate effectively with clients and other Firm members, with the aptitude to take care of clients’ needs in a professional and courteous manner
- Capacity to work independently, as well as in a team environment
- Produce a high quality and quantity of work product, often under tight timelines
- Able to prioritize and to redefine priorities when necessary
- Strong familiarity with Nice Classification and procedure generally at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (Trade-marks)
- Knowledge of foreign trademark practice
- Knowledge of the Intellectual Property in-house database
- Handle stress in a business-like manner
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
- Law Clerk or Legal Assistant Diploma/Certificate (or relevant work experience)
- 3-5 years directly related experience preferred