I am honored to have been interviewed by Shawn D. Andrews regarding the important contributions a paralegal can make to an IP-specific legal practice.
Shawn: What are 3-5 specific skills an IP paralegal must have in order for you to consider hiring them?
Barry: Required skills 1-10 are “attention to detail.” This is a complex practice area, with more than its fair share of pitfalls. Almost every filing we make is online with the USPTO’s and the Courts’ secure electronic filing systems. There is almost no margin for error in any filing or docketing procedure.
Shawn: What job duties and or expectations would you require of an IP paralegal?
Barry: It cannot be understated that the IP paralegal is the right hand person of their supported attorney(s). A skilled paralegal maintains the attorney’s calendar and individual docketing system/s, prepares filings, works with the attorney on document revisions, undertakes required filings, ensures files are properly maintained, meets and communicates with clients, and so much more.
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And, of course, another big shout-out and thanks to Shawn for another great interview! Check out Shawn’s bio on LinkedIn. Shawn may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 770.709.8905.