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Paralegal- IP and Privacy

Balchem Corporation
Posted Jul 07
Full Time
Montvale, New Jersey

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COMPANY OVERVIEW:

Balchem Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets specialty ingredients that improve and enhance the health and well-being of life on the planet, providing state-of-the-art solutions and the finest quality products for a range of industries worldwide. Our corporate headquarters is located in Montvale, New Jersey and we have a broad network of sales offices, manufacturing sites, and R&D centers, primarily located in the US and Europe. Founded in 1967, Balchem is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ – BCPC) with annual revenues over $900 million and a market cap exceeding $4.0 billion. The company consists of three business segments: Human Nutrition & Health; Animal Nutrition & Health; and Specialty Products. Balchem employs over 1,400 people worldwide who are engaged in diverse activities, committed to developing the company into global market leadership positions. To learn more about our dynamic, stable and growing company, visit www.balchem.com.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Senior Paralegal will report to the Assistant General Counsel with primary responsibility over intellectual property at Balchem. This person will perform a variety of complex legal, administrative, and clerical duties requiring the application of specialized knowledge and understanding of technical and legal terms and procedures within the legal department primarily in the areas of Intellectual Property, Contracts, and Litigation. This person will work closely with the Assistant General Counsel to help oversee and manage the intellectual property portfolio for the organization along with other corporate functions. Compensation package is commensurate with experience and Balchem offers generous benefits which include medical, dental, vision, 401K with company match and a hybrid work model.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

• Manage and oversee U.S. and international trademark and patent portfolios

• Coordinate and manage intake of newly acquired trademark and patent portfolios

• Under attorney supervision, prepare and file U.S. trademark applications, responses to office actions, requests for extensions of time, statements of use, declarations of use, declarations of incontestability, renewals, and other filings related to U.S. trademark prosecution

• Under attorney supervision, correspond and coordinate with outside counsel to file foreign trademark applications, renewals, provisional refusal responses, oppositions/cancellations and other documents

• Under attorney supervision, correspond and coordinate with outside counsel for recordation of ownership transfers, assignment agreements, change of name filings, and any other updates with the USPTO and foreign patent and trademark offices

• Assist with other intellectual property projects including demand letters, trademark license agreements, and IP due diligence

• With regard to contracts, receive requests for agreements of all types, prepare certain standardized form agreements and some ad hoc agreements, review them for accuracy under attorney supervision, and manage contracts during their lifespan

• Serve as primary in-house support staff in litigation, claims, and demands matters

• Maintain and update files in the internal share folder

• Code and process invoices for payment when related to job areas

• Other duties as assigned

REQUIREMENTS:

• College diploma or equivalent preferred, plus at least five years of experience or combination of experience and specialized paralegal or legal secretarial education

• Experience in a corporate legal department is preferred

• Completion of a paralegal program is desirable

• Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment on various matters of significance

• Ability to compose, type and assemble information in proper legal form

• Set up and maintain a wide variety of legal files, records and reports

• Follow complex oral and written instructions

• Prepare routine legal documents

• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

• Commute to our Montvale, NJ headquarters office

• Hybrid work model (expected to be in the office 3-4 days a week)

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work

• Ability to handle multiple, concurrent projects and generate high quality work product

• Strong organizational skills and high level of attention to detail

• Ability to multi-task, take initiative and be adaptable Highest level of integrity, sound judgment and strong work ethic

• Knowledge of basic legal concepts, principles, and procedures including calendaring and filing practices; legal and business terminology, spelling, grammar and punctuation; MS Office suite including PowerPoint and Excel; operation of basic office equipment including computer, telephone, fax, copier, and calculator

• Ability to efficiently accomplish the above duties and responsibilities

WORKING CONDITIONS:

• Office environment

• Work is mostly sedentary

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Balchem is committed to a workplace culture that values and promotes diversity, inclusion, equal employment opportunities, and a work environment free of harassment and hostility.