IP Paralegal

Location US-PA-Philadelphia
Job ID
# Positions
Exp. (Yrs)
Legal & Governmental Affairs
Experienced (non-manager)
Full Time
Visa Sponsorship
Domestic Travel Required
Int'l Travel required
Company Vehicle
Working from Home Office
Relocation Eligible
Works with Chemicals
Lifting required

Company Overview

FMC Corporation is a leading specialty company focused on agricultural and lithium technologies. We are proud that our products help grow that world's food, improve health and contribute to a more sustainable energy supply.


FMC is a globally diverse organization that offers its employees exciting opportunities to work on challenging projects that are important to the achievement of our strategic objectives. Your education and professional experience are valued and put to use from day one. Your success at completing key initiatives can result in a varied, progressive and fulfilling career with FMC.


With a corporate culture of innovation, integrity, responsibility and customer intimacy, we foster “The Right Chemistry” in everything we do. We are looking for people to join us in creating, developing, and improving our products, our processes, and our markets. In short, If you are ready to make a difference every day, FMC is ready to talk to you.







This position is part of an integrated IP paralegal group that supports the management of FMC Corporation’s global IP portfolio. The group is an essential part of the IP legal team. The IP Paralegal’s responsibilities will focus on patent matters and include docketing; preparing, attending to formalities and filing common patent prosecution documents; maintaining the Intellectual Property database; liaising with IP firms worldwide, and supporting payment of patent annuities.  In addition, the IP Paralegal will provide assistance with conducting trademark searches, filing trademark applications with the USPTO and supporting the trademark docketing function when necessary.



  • Provide support related to patent docketing of mail and Email communication with the USPTO, patent offices worldwide, agents worldwide, and clients, then routing the communication to the appropriate attorney and/or paralegal for action.
  • Maintain the integrity of the Intellectual Property database.
  • Monitor all due dates to ensure all deadlines are timely met.
  • Ensure all patent annuity payments have been made.
  • Attend to formalities and file common patent prosecution documents for filing with the USPTO and other patent offices worldwide, including original national and PCT patent filing forms, missing parts responses, information disclosure statements, assignment documents and formal office action responses for attorneys.
  • Review and approve certain agent and vendor invoices.
  • Assist with trademark searches, file US trademark applications and provide support with trademark docketing functions when necessary.
  • Support acquisition and divestiture activity.
  • Perform special projects and other related duties as assigned or requested.

Required Education


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Paralegal Certificate from an ABA approved institution required.
  • Must have a minimum of five (5) years experience working in an Intellectual Property legal environment, and prior patent docketing experience required.
  • Must have experience with patent prosecution and maintenance in countries throughout the world.
  • Solid, demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office, Outlook and various document control and database systems, preferably CPi.



  • Advanced knowledge of PTO rules and procedures and the ability to anticipate actions.
  • Must be committed to keeping abreast of changes in PTO rules and procedures.
  • Highly organized, detail oriented and able to follow through on assignments.
  • Must be flexible in order to respond quickly and positively to shifting demands and opportunities.
  • Ability to share his/her knowledge with others, while maintaining strict levels of confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with business persons and with other departments to advance organizational goals.
  • Ability to be a proactive, self-starter, who understands the details within a much larger context.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and handle multiple, detailed tasks.
  • Ability to plan, organize and carryout multiple related activities.
  • Ability to work effectively in a culturally and educationally diverse environment.
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a team.
  • A confident, but flexible disposition.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills.


EEO Statement

FMC employees enjoy competitive compensation, a menu of work/life benefits and opportunities to continue developing their skills and building their career. FMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, gender, disability or protected veteran status. FMC supports a drug-free workplace. 


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