Company: Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Job Title:
IP/Trademark Paralegal
Location: Chicago, IL

How to Apply:

Please officially apply to this role on our website. You can do so by adding the role to your “Apply List” and following the steps on our Staff Careers page.

Job Summary:

Seyfarth Shaw LLP is seeking a paralegal to support our Trademark practice in our Chicago or Atlanta offices. The Trademark Paralegal will work on matters relating to trademark, copyright and domain name matters, with an emphasis on foreign and domestic trademark prosecution. This position will interact with colleagues in a team setting and will work directly with other paralegals, attorneys, case assistants, clients and third party vendors and is expected to uphold the image of the Firm by maintaining positive contact with clients, attorneys and staff, and observing confidentiality of client matters.

Job Description/Responsibilities:

  • Assist attorneys and clients in intake, planning and managing trademark portfolios.
  • Manage multiple client-facing databases containing all completed and pending trademark matters for each client.
  • Assist with preparation, filing, prosecution and maintenance of trademark applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Initiate foreign filings and coordinate and correspond with foreign trademark agents concerning foreign trademark applications.
  • Develop foreign filing strategies and file Madrid international trademark applications.
  • Monitor prosecution deadlines. Ensure thorough communication and proper responses are provided.
  • Prepare status charts for clients. Communicate and correspond with clients concerning new and pending applications. Maintain and expand ongoing client relationships.
  • Conduct online trademark searches and other investigatory functions.
  • Organize, maintain and update files and docket information related to clients’ trademark portfolios.
  • Domain name and copyright experience a plus.


  • Bachelor's degree or paralegal certificate from an ABA approved program.
  • 5+ years of extensive foreign and domestic trademark prosecution experience with knowledge of SEAGIS and CPI docket database.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, detail-oriented work environment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral)
  • Exhibit a high degree of initiative and independent judgment with excellent troubleshooting and follow-thru skills.
  • Computer proficient with advanced skills in all Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Explorer and Outlook) required.
  • Knowledge and experience with database management and administration is preferred.

Company Overview:

At Seyfarth Shaw, we are leading the way to deliver legal services more effectively, more efficiently, more transparently.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP provides thoughtful, strategic, practical legal counsel to client companies and legal teams of all sizes. With more than 850 attorneys in the U.S., London, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney, we offer a national platform and an international gateway to serve your changing business and legal needs in litigation, employment, corporate, real estate and employee benefits.

We have gained acclaim for our innovative SeyfarthLean client service model, which incorporates the core principles of Lean Six Sigma to the delivery of legal services, and we continue to develop new reporting and project management tools for greater transparency and collaboration with our clients.

Our efforts have contributed to our recognition by in-house counsel as ‘Best of the Best’ for client service within the BTI Consulting Group's Client Service A-Team and being named by the Financial Times U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report among the most innovative law firms.

Seyfarth Shaw. The difference is clear.