Company Overview

Come join a higher calling and find a deeper purpose!   

As a multi-national Artificial Intelligence Technology Company, we are at the epicenter of the Autonomous Vehicle Universe. Our breakthroughs are leading the industry in autonomous trucking.  

While inventing the framework of Autonomous Driving, our current fleet of autonomous Trucks are helping communities receive much-needed supplies and medical equipment around the clock.   Our people are some of the most talented engineers and contributors who are leaving behind a historic legacy.  

TuSimple was founded half a decade ago with the goal of bringing the top minds in the world together to achieve the dream of a driverless truck solution. With a foundation in computer vision, algorithms, mapping, and Artificial Intelligence, TuSimple is working to create the first global commercially viable Autonomous Freight Network. 

 

Job Overview: 

TuSimple’s Senior IP Paralegal II supports the harvesting of Intellectual Property (IP) and the prosecution of patents in support of our short- and long-term organizational objectives. As a seasoned professional, the Senior IP Paralegal II provides comprehensive and technical research, drafts a wide-variety of legal and professional correspondence, liaises with outside counsel, manages our docket database, and monitors deadlines and annuities. The incumbent provides support to our full IP team with a wide-variety of IP counsel-related matters and proactively reviews systems and procedures with a focus on continuous improvement, efficiency, and cost reduction. In addition, the Senior IP Paralegal II acts as a resource and mentor to less experienced Paralegals and may lead a small team of less experienced Paralegals or other administrative staff.  

 

Responsibilities

  • Manages the docket database, ensuring it is consistently up to date, and all filings and response deadlines are met. Provides IP docket reports and other IP portfolio reports.
  • Supports prosecution and maintenance of the global patent portfolio, including liaising with outside counsel and foreign agents to execute priority documents, Power of Attorneys and assignments; and coordinating payments. 
  • Organizes and coordinates invention disclosure tracking, review and evaluation; manages administration of the patent award program. 
  • Organizes and maintains files for the IP team, including electric patent and trademark-related files. Maintains and updates IP procedures, workflows, policies, and systems. Proactively promotes and recommends opportunities to simplify IP team processes and procedures and promote more efficient ways of working, lowering costs, and minimizing risk associated with procuring and managing the IP portfolio. 
  • Drafts IP related documents (including shell responses, applications, Information Disclosure Statements, responses to Office Actions, and other correspondence, etc.) for filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO"). Follows up on deadlines and obtains signatures and signed documents, and monitors status and needs throughout all phases of the patent prosecution process. 
  • Conducts research to support patent analysis projects, including patentability searches, Freedom to Operate assessments, art searches, competitive intelligence analysis, infringement/non-infringement analysis, portfolio analysis, validity analysis, etc. Provides support for competitive intelligence and IP monitoring programs. 
  • Conducts research and collects evidence; prepares reports, presentations,forms, and other documents related to patents. 
  • Maintains internal and external IP reporting sites, including patent marking and trademark lists. 
  • Assists with the tracking of expenditures, and processes expenses, invoices, and purchase orders on behalf of the IP team. 
  • Provides support to attorneys with IP transactions, litigation, post-grant proceedings, and other IP counsel needs. 
  • Monitors and maintains the Patent Annuities process and cycle, providing reports and organizing meetings, as necessary, to review patent annuities. 
  • Actively mentors and develops less experienced Paralegals, providing regular feedback and support. May lead a small team of less experienced Paralegals and/or other administrative staff

 

Qualifications:

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business Administration, Paralegal Certificate or related field. 
  • 6 years paralegal experience, preferably supporting Patent and IP legal teams. 
  • Experience supporting patent prosecution, including drafting applications and substantive responses to office actions. 
  • Knowledge of domain name portfolio management. 
  • Proven ability to work with domestic and foreign outside counsel. 
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully support patent engineers, patent agents, and/or patent attorneys with the preparation and prosecution of US and non-US patent matters.
  • Proven ability to partner with the IP team to develop, implement, and maintain docketing processes, procedures and/or policies for invention disclosures, patents, and patent applications, including daily or periodic clearance of workflow.  
  • Proficiency in U.S. Patent, Patent Cooperation Treaty, and associated laws, as they relate to patent prosecution and deadlines. 
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills combined with a practical, quantifiable and structured approach to problem solving. 
  • Ability to structure and develop thoughtful and practical recommendations driven by fact-based analysis. 
  • Ability to independently develop presentations for communication with senior management or external partners.
  • Strong research skills. 
  • Proven ability to maintain excellent attention to detail and accuracy.  

 

Behavioral Skills: 

  • Intellectually curious with a strong bias to action. 
  • A strong drive and willingness to own projects and see them to completion. 
  • Proven ability to de-construct complex issues into straight-forward concepts and present recommendations that successfully navigate to resolution, in an organized and methodical framework. 
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills. Capable of listening and obtaining clarification, changing approach or method to best fit the situation. Able to effectively partner with cross-functional teams to coordinate activities and accomplish goals. 
  • Demonstrated experience building and improving processes and promoting quality. 
  • Superior analytical and decision making skills with established understanding of business implication of decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple concurrent assignments while meeting deadlines and demanding quality execution. 
  • Ability to work in a matrix organization, tech start-up experience preferred. 
  • Ability to maintain steady leadership throughout aggressive deadlines, changing priorities, and evolving operations, as common to progressive start-up environments

 

Bonus Points:

  • Trademark or litigation experience
  • Mandarin fluency

Perks:

  • Relocation Assistance, Stock Options
  • Full Kitchen with unlimited snacks and fruits, free breakfast lunch, and dinner from an array of local restaurants. 
  • Shape the landscape of autonomous driving
  • Gym membership, Learning/Education Budget 
  • Bonuses 

TuSimple is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This company does not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Hiring, transferring and promotion practices are performed without regard to the above-listed items.

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