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Research Specialist

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Banner & Witcoff, Ltd

Chicago, IL

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Duties and Responsibilities:

Act as point of contact for research inquiries for both attorney and staff members while providing high level customer and client service via phone, in-person, and email

Perform extensive high-end research on U.S. companies, foreign-based companies, website-based companies, corporate structure, IP litigation history, IP asset history

Perform high-end background information gathering on expert witnesses, judges (all courts including PTAB), inventors

Publication research and retrieval on expert witnesses, listed patent cited art, etc.

Initiate and monitor alerts from various databases and provide client development research support

Assist with literature searches for attorney presentations and written articles

Answer questions from attorneys and staff and escalate when necessary

Conduct in-depth research on legal and non-legal requests using appropriate online and print materials

Keep abreast of developments in research and information science

The above list of duties and responsibilities is in no way a comprehensive list. From time to time, the employee may be required to perform other duties in support of the operation of the office, and as requested by the firm’s attorneys and Executive Director.

Skills and Educational Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree required

Masters degree in library or information science strongly preferred

3 years minimum experience in a law firm or corporate research environment

Strong attention to detail and organizational skills required

Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word and Outlook) required

Well-versed in online research tools including, but not limited to: LexisNexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, IP publications

Exhibits exemplary understanding of USPTO processes to research and monitor development in areas affecting the Firm clients

Excellent business correspondence, grammar, and proofreading skills required

Must possess the ability to quickly learn, retain, and utilize new skills

Efficient and effective communication skills to be used at all levels

Ability to conduct oneself professionally at all times and to handle matters with high level of confidentiality

Must be able to work independently and know when to escalate matters

Banner & Witcoff offers a comprehensive salary and benefit package. Qualified candidates may apply online by sending a resume and cover letter with salary requirements.

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Banner & Witcoff is dedicated to excellence in the specialized practice of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, computer, franchise and unfair competition law. The firm actively engages in the procurement, enforcement and litigation of intellectual property rights throughout the world, including all federal and state agencies, and the distribution of such rights through licensing and franchising. The firm has more than 90 attorneys and agents in its Chicago, Washington, Boston and Portland offices. The client base of the firm is broad, in terms of number of clients, client size, geographical distribution of clients and technologies represented. Our attorneys help clients solve complex legal problems whose technical subject matter ranges from automotive manufacturing to lasers, from custom catalysts for petrochemical processes to genetically engineered pharmaceuticals, and from consumer electronics to computer control of medical devices. The firm applies a pragmatic, business-like approach to each client’s intellectual property matters in an effort to obtain results consistent with each client’s business objectives. The firm has successfully represented clients in numerous landmark cases, including several renowned intellectual property decisions in the United States Supreme Court. The firm has also conducted litigation and Patent Office proceedings in every significant industrial country.

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