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IP Paralegal I

Posted Mar 27
Full Time
On Site
Princeton, New Jersey

Job Description

Working with Us

Challenging. Meaningful. Life-changing. Those aren’t words that are usually associated with a job. But working at Bristol Myers Squibb is anything but usual. Here, uniquely interesting work happens every day, in every department. From optimizing a production line to the latest breakthroughs in cell therapy, this is work that transforms the lives of patients, and the careers of those who do it. You’ll get the chance to grow and thrive through opportunities uncommon in scale and scope, alongside high-achieving teams rich in diversity. Take your career farther than you thought possible.

Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives. Read more:


Paralegal Responsibilities                                                                                      

  • Strong knowledge of US and foreign patent procedures
  • Monitors progress of patent cases and patent attorney/agent dockets through use of USPTO Private PAIR, IP Management Software and Document Management System
  • Prioritizes current workload efficiently building on the ability to handle multiple heavy dockets and learning best practices to manage multiple tasks including managing outside counsel e-mail review.
  • Reviews patent application files to check for compliance with USPTO requirements and BMS department standards.
  • Strong knowledge and working experience of the USPTO Patent Center filing system in order to independently draft and prepare simple to moderately complex patent legal documents for submission to the USPTO including (but not limited to) patent applications, figures, sequence listings, amendments, information disclosure statements, office action responses, requests for continued examination, notices of appeal, reply briefs, allowance checklists, allowed claims, issue fee payments, etc.
  • Independently drafts and assists with attorney responses to worldwide foreign patent agents.
  • Familiarity with the Code of Federal Regulations (Title 37) and the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) to enable ability to identify legal issues/problems based on knowledge of PTO procedures.
  • Basic knowledge of Patent Term Adjustment
  • Excellent organizational and accountability skills, takes initiative to follow up with inventors, outside counsel law firms and agents to meet critical deadline dates.
  • Sets own standards of performance and works to meet standards; takes initiative to expand own knowledge of PTO rules.



  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint, MS Teams
  • Proficient knowledge of IP Management Software and Document Management Software
  • Proficient form editing capability in Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Proficient in use of basic to advanced forms including IP Management Software generated forms.
  • Basic skills and experience with Patent-In software to generate sequence listings.
  • Proficient knowledge of domestic and foreign patent databases, e.g., PCT Scope; EPO Online
  • Ability to search and procure patent references including U.S. and Foreign patents and journal articles.
  • Basic docketing experience working in an IP Management software application.
  • Proficient edit capability in Chemdraw



Process and reconcile expense reports. Travel Arrangement Organizes meetings for attorneys/agents including meeting agenda and meeting minutes preparation. Seeks out opportunities to provide support to others (e.g., counsel, agents and assistants).



Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience which is defined as 4 years of legal work experience above the minimum work experience required for the role. 6+ years of work experience or Paralegal Certificate and 4+ years of work experience in a law firm, an in-house legal department, a consulting firm, or comparable experience elsewhere.

If you come across a role that intrigues you but doesn’t perfectly line up with your resume, we encourage you to apply anyway. You could be one step away from work that will transform your life and career.


Uniquely Interesting Work, Life-changing Careers

With a single vision as inspiring as “Transforming patients’ lives through science™ ”, every BMS employee plays an integral role in work that goes far beyond ordinary. Each of us is empowered to apply our individual talents and unique perspectives in an inclusive culture, promoting diversity in clinical trials, while our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.


On-site Protocol

Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is a necessary job function of this role, which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and it enhances the Company culture.

BMS is dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities can excel through a transparent recruitment process, reasonable workplace accommodations/adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Applicants can request a reasonable workplace accommodation/adjustment prior to accepting a job offer. If you require reasonable accommodations/adjustments in completing this application, or in any part of the recruitment process, direct your inquiries to Visit to access our complete Equal Employment Opportunity statement.

BMS cares about your well-being and the well-being of our staff, customers, patients, and communities. As a result, the Company strongly recommends that all employees be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and keep up to date with Covid-19 boosters.

BMS will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, pursuant to applicable laws in your area.

Any data processed in connection with role applications will be treated in accordance with applicable data privacy policies and regulations.

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