As one of the most in-demand paralegal jobs today, patent paralegals (or patent specialists) work alongside attorneys helping to secure patents for new inventions, ideas, and marketing campaigns. Patent paralegals work closely with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office conducting research, drafting applications for new patents, and in some cases present their work for use during legal disputes. In many cases they will work in law firms, corporations, or universities.
Although patent paralegals are in demand, many employers prefer applicants with a great understanding of patent law. This means that more and more students are earning an associate's or bachelor's degree in paralegal studies in order to increase their chances of being hired. Paralegal certification is also not required but can demonstrate an eagerness and ambition to employers. Certification can be obtained by passing an exam offered the National Association of Legal Assistants.
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