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Senior Paralegal

Company: pSemi
Location: San Diego
Posted on: July 14, 2019

Job Description:

pSemi Corporation is a Murata company driving semiconductor integration. pSemi builds on Peregrine Semiconductor's 30-year legacy of technology advancements and strong IP portfolio but with a new mission-to enhance Murata's world-class capabilities with high-performance semiconductors. With a strong foundation in RF integration, pSemi's product portfolio now spans power management, connected sensors, optical transceivers, antenna tuning and RF frontends. These intelligent and efficient semiconductors enable advanced modules for smartphones, base stations, personal computers, electric vehicles, data centers, IoT devices and healthcare. From headquarters in San Diego and offices around the world, pSemi's team explores new ways to make electronics for the connected world smaller, thinner, faster and better.

Job Summary

The Senior Paralegal will have broad experience supporting patent prosecution and litigation. He/she will have the ability to perform and/or manage all of the tasks required by an active US patent docket, from filing to issuance, for patent preparation and prosecution. Experience supporting overseas patent prosecution (PCT) and thorough knowledge of at least one commercial patent information management system is required, as well as experience working with, and coordinating between, internal IP teams and external counsel. He/she must also demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the litigation process and e-discovery, and must have experience with database management software, and medium case collection, review and production experience. The position requires excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Candidate must be a team player and have exceptional attention to detail and ability to multi-task. This is a full time position in San Diego, reporting to the VP of IP & Licensing.

Roles & Responsibilities

This position has responsibility for:



  • Maintain & manage all aspects of the internal IP docket based on commercially available software (e.g., Anaqua, CPI, CPA, etc.) by working/coordinating with internal IP team and external counsel
  • Ability to file all applications, formalities and response documents for U.S and PCT utilizing online resources, i.e. EFS, ePCT and PCT Safe if needed, though this will normally be done through outside counsel.
  • Being accountable for working in and maintaining the docketing database including timely addressing and de-docketing of all actionable dates when applicable, providing timely instructions to docketing pursuant to new filings, status reports and docket meetings.
  • Working knowledge of disclosure requirements; Manages, prepares and files IDS/SIDS.
  • Staying current and compliant with MPEP and CFR rules and administrative changes at the USPTO and other foreign jurisdictions
  • Supporting litigation and related e-discovery matters as and when needed
  • Creating and implementing paper and electronic document collection, review and production systems and tracking documents with minimal supervision
  • Coordinating automated litigation support projects through utilization of technology, including, but not limited to, database management software (web or in-house) and Case Notebook.

  • Assisting attorneys in reviewing documents for privilege and drafts privilege logs for production to opposing party
  • Light administrative duties

    Competency Requirements

    In order to perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:



    • Critical Thinking: Skilled at finding logical flaws in arguments and plans; identifies problems and solutions that others might miss; provides detailed insight and constructive criticism into problems and complex situations
    • Working with Ambiguity: Achieves forward progress in the face of poorly defined situations and/or unclear goals; able to work effectively with limited or partial information
    • Making Accurate Judgment and Decisions: Bases decisions on a systematic review of relevant facts and information; avoids making assumptions or rushing to judgment; provides clear rationale for decisions
    • Communicating Effectively: Expresses ideas and information in a clear and concise manner; tailors message to fit the interests and needs of the audience; delivers information in a manner that is interesting and compelling to the listener
    • Displaying Technical Expertise: Keeps his/her technical skills current; effectively applies specialized knowledge and skills to perform work tasks; understands and masters the technical skills, knowledge, and tasks associated with his/her job; shares technical expertise with others

      Minimum Qualifications (Experience and Skills)



      • Maintaining Confidentiality: Able to maintain strict confidentiality of the company's internal and personnel affairs and company information. Understands ethics of position including ethical rules in regards to confidentiality, privilege and attorney work product.
      • Exceptional attention to detail and the ability to multi-task
      • Collaborates effectively and professionally with everyone inside and outside the company
      • Proactive: Anticipates problems and issues and exercises independent judgment to make sound, justifiable decisions and take action in solving problems while knowing when and how to escalate.
      • 10+ years of law office and/or corporate legal department experience supporting US and foreign intellectual property and litigation matters
      • 5+ years of active US and international patent docket management experience; including experience with all types of documents involved US patent prosecution, and reasonable familiarity with PCT documents and procedures
      • 3+ years of experience with litigation process; understands e-discovery and computer forensics concepts such as litigation holds, preservation of data and chain of custody; knows how to create and implement paper and electronic document collection, review and production systems and tracking documents with minimal supervision; ability to assist attorneys in reviewing documents for privilege and drafts privilege logs for production to opposing party.

      • Outstanding organizational skills

      • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
      • Expert in Adobe, Microsoft Office and at least one commercial docket management system

        Preferred Qualifications



        • Ability to supervise and mentor junior paralegals or other administrative staff.

        • Experience working within internationally dispersed multicultural teams

        • Knowledge of Japanese language and culture
        • Notary Public, commissioned in the state of California, a plus

          Education Requirements



          • Bachelor's Degree and paralegal certificate

            Work Environment

            This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment.

            Physical Demands

            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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.

            pSemi Corporation supports a diverse workforce and is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for applicants and employees. pSemi does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions or breastfeeding), gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver's license issued under Vehicle Code section 12801.9), ancestry, physical or mental disability, legally-protected medical condition, military or veteran status (including "protected veterans" under applicable affirmative action laws), marital status, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal laws applicable to the Company. pSemi also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that an employee or applicant has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

            Note: The Peregrine Semiconductor name, Peregrine Semiconductor logo and UltraCMOS are registered trademarks and the pSemi name, pSemi logo, HaRP and DuNE are trademarks of pSemi Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies. pSemi products are protected under one or more of the following U.S. Patents: http://patents.psemi.com

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