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Qualcomm Legal Specialist in San Diego, California

Company:Qualcomm Incorporated

Job Area:Legal Group, Legal Group > Legal Specialist

Job Overview:

Qualcomm is a company of inventors that unlocked 5G ushering in an age of rapid acceleration in connectivity and new possibilities that will transform industries, create jobs, and enrich lives. But this is just the beginning. It takes inventive minds with diverse skills, backgrounds, and cultures to transform 5Gs potential into world-changing technologies and products. This is the Invention Age - and this is where you come in.

Qualcomm, an international leader in driving innovation and developing intellectual property, has an opportunity for a qualified candidate to work in one of the world's most productive Intellectual Property Departments. The ideal candidate will play a crucial role in helping to drive patent prosecution activities forward and support operational initiatives. The position is ideally suited for a detail orientated professional looking to work in a fast-paced collaborative department. This position requires a basic understanding of intellectual property laws and knowledge of patent prosecution lifecycle activities in order to support the business objectives. All Qualcomm employees are expected to actively support diversity on their teams, and in the Company.

In this role, you will be primarily responsible for supporting attorneys on patent prosecution matters.

Job Duties:

  • Assist with the strategic management of intellectual property matters, including monitoring of Qualcomm’s patent portfolio and critical deadlines

  • Manage deadlines and correspondence with the USPTO, Outside Counsel and Foreign Associates and serve as a liaison and the first point of contact for invention disclosures and prosecution

  • Assist in all phases of patent prosecution, including preparing and filing US and PCT applications, amendments, responses and extensive communication with Outside Counsel and Foreign Associates

  • Assist with special projects as needed, with the ability to work in an ever-changing environment

  • Conduct US and foreign prosecution-related legal research

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Paralegal Certificate OR College graduate with 1-3 years of experience in legal field OR 3-4 years legal experience under supervision of attorney (CA bar) AND 1-3 years Patent Prosecution experience at a large law firm or in-house position

  • Knowledge of USPTO patent rules and procedures and strong proficiency and understanding of USPTO EFS-Web and Patent Center filing system and requirements

  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel and Visio required; PowerPoint a plus)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of PCT procedures a plus

  • Working knowledge of patent prosecution practices in the PCT, EP, and other major jurisdictions worldwide a plus

  • Exceptional communication skills, ability to use logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; strong critical thinking and analytical problem-solving skills

  • Ability to build and foster productive relationships with cross functional teams to drive efficiencies

  • Self-motivated, strong work ethic, and superior task management skills

  • 1 year of experience with IP Manager

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, everchanging business environment

  • Be an independent and strategic thinker who is a strong team player and willing to take on additional responsibilities

Applicants: If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation during the application/hiring process, please call Qualcomm’s toll-free number found here ( for assistance. Qualcomm will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, to support individuals with disabilities to be able participate in the hiring process. Qualcomm is also committed to making our workplace accessible for individuals with disabilities. Qualcomm is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity.

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EEO Employer: Qualcomm is an equal opportunity employer; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, Veteran status, or any other protected classification.

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We are engineers, scientists and business strategists. We are from many different countries and speak many different languages. We come from diverse cultures and have unique perspectives. Together, we focus on a single goal—we invent breakthrough technologies that transform how the world connects, computes, and communicates.

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