DuPont Intellectual Property Legal Assistant in Wilmington, Delaware

Intellectual Property Legal Assistant (Job Number: 193125W-01)


DuPont, a global Fortune 100 company, has an opportunity for an Intellectual Property Legal Assistant to join our corporate office in Wilmington, DE. If you are an experienced Legal Assistant who thrives in a fast paced and challenging environment, then this is the opportunity for you! Our ideal candidate is committed to delivering quality work product in a timely manner with a high level of accuracy.

As an Intellectual Property Legal Assistant, you will be working in partnership with Intellectual Property (IP) attorneys, agents, and legal assistants. The IP Legal Assistant is responsible for maintaining an effective daily workflow and independently managing/coordinating IP administrative services to legal function and business clients. Prepares and files U.S. and non-U.S. technical documents that meet legal and country filing requirements of worldwide patent offices. Responds to official requests for information. Manages dockets and correspondence to facilitate timely filings and official responses to actionable due dates. Serves as a resource for workflow practices and processes. Has mastery understanding and hands-on experience of the US and non-US patent processes including all formal and procedural aspects of those processes. Key attributes include analysis and judgment, business acumen, communication, and managing productivity.

This role will be required to perform, but not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Act as a statistical and informational resource for businesses in operational and administrative functions related to IP. Manage, interpret, compare, search and retrieve data and legal correspondence in external websites, databases, and corporate and business-specific databases (i.e., USPTO Private PAIR, PCT/EPO websites, internal docketing systems, etc.). Assist attorney/agents, outside counsel, and international agents to procure scientific/technical information from businesses to meet IP deadlines. Interact with businesses in order to independently coordinate information flow and meet business needs.

  • Maintain current technical expertise of the statutes/rules of individual countries worldwide and international treaties regarding specific requirements for a wide variety of legal documents. Determine which formality procedures should be followed for the country involved and in what sequence. Anticipate need for and prepare highly technical documents to meet all legal IP requirements of patent offices worldwide. Independently respond to a variety of official requests such as status reports, requests for cited references and others. Generate documents having a high level of scientific/technical content.

  • Manage docketing and correspondence to prevent loss of IP rights and to assure accurate and timely workflow for self and attorney/agent. Generate and coordinate multiple dockets for meeting all US and international deadlines to prevent abandonment or loss of the property rights involved.

  • Capture and maintain IP specific data within corporate patent/trademark/copyright system to assist in the overall management of the DuPont IP estate. Calculate and enter data for all new IP filings including determining correct priority data. Input and track US and international deadlines and responses for pending cases. Create data records for IP acquired from other companies or divested from DuPont IP estate, generate reports and contract appendices for divestitures.

  • Assist attorneys and patent agents in interpreting, comparing, searching and retrieving IP information; conduct ad hoc reports; (i.e., docket, scheduler, statistics, costs and budget, etc.)

  • Serve as expert resource, role model and mentor on IP office practices and processes to internal customers (legal organization, business clients) and external customers (agents, vendors and outside counsel).

  • Expert resource in utilizing external and internal business specific and corporate systems, websites, databases, applications; i.e., Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Sharepoint, etc.)


The following are required:

  • An Associate’s Degree or higher

  • 3-5 years of experience as a Legal Assistant with U.S. patent procedural requirements and PCT practices OR 5+ years of experience as a Legal Assistant

  • Efficiency, accuracy, flexibility, organization and excellent attention to detail

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills (including excellent proofreading, spelling, grammar, and punctuation)

  • Ability to prioritize work and maintain a quick turn-around of workflow to meet deadlines

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Suite, MS Outlook, Adobe, and other document management systems

  • Team player and a positive attitude is a must

The following are preferred:

  • Chemistry related patent experience

  • Experience in biotech and/or DNA Sequence preparation and filing

  • Previous experience with MemoTech, EFiling, private PAIR, EFS web and CPA Docketing is strongly preferred

Primary Location: NA-United States-Delaware-Wilmington

Organization: Corporate

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Associate's Degree/College Diploma (±13 years)

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Experienced

DuPont is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected class. If you need a reasonable accommodation to search or apply for a position, please visit our Accessibility Page for Contact Information. For US Applicants: See the “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law” poster.