Lilly Assistant I-Patent in Indianapolis, Indiana



This position is an exciting opportunity for a skilled legal paraprofessional, working with and under the direction of attorneys, to help establish and support the progression and defense of the company’s global patent estate. Apply knowledge of global patent laws, treaties, conventions, and Lilly process across the intellectual property lifecycle.

The position has a primary focus in one or more assigned patent business units (i.e., strategy groups), but must coordinate and operate cohesively with patent colleagues at all levels across all patent business units. This position requires business knowledge and understanding of basic patent principles and the intellectual property life cycle.

This is one of several positions that are part of The Legal Operations Team and reports to the Manager of Legal Operations. This position supports the Elanco Business Unit.


  • Administer time‐sensitive patent attorney prosecution dockets, both independently and under the specific instruction of an attorney.

  • Demonstrate precise attention to detail to ensure no loss of rights due to inaccurate information, missed deadlines, or procedural error.

  • As directed by an attorney, draft various patent related documents and forms for filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as correspondence to global law firms and patent offices, in accordance with applicable treaties, conventions, and local rules of administrative procedure. This includes assembling materials for information disclosure statements, declarations, powers of attorney, assignments of ownership, and other documents required for patent prosecution.

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of and compliance with applicable procedures via reference to the most current version available.

  • Ensure the timely completion of actions for attorneys, inventors, and external collaborators, engaging appropriate resources as necessary.

  • Timely and accurately upload correspondence and other content into the document management system and keep patent matter folder content current and complete.

  • Create and maintain patent portfolio or other work folders and files in the document management system.

  • Perform patent and article retrieval.

  • Create and maintain litigation matter files in document management system(s).

  • Establish and maintain Counsel Link matters, making sure each matter is applied to the correct Cost Center/budget.

  • Participate and engage in the uptake and cross functionality of document management system(s) for IP Legal.

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Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Demonstrated learning agility

  • Ability to work well in a team environment with a demanding client base

  • Experience supporting multiple business partners

  • Ability to work well under pressure

  • Ability to prioritize work while handling frequent, tight deadlines

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Applications and Share Point

  • Experience with complex databases and document management system(s)

Additional Information:

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.


Patent Assistant

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Basic Qualifications:

  • High school diploma/GED

  • Minimum of 2 years of legal paraprofessional support or similar legal administration experience

  • Completion of Post Offer Exam, Completion of Work Simulation or Completion of Administrative Skills Testing if applicable.

  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position.

Company Overview:

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 39,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.





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