Department purpose and structure
A&O Research and Library is responsible for supporting fee earners and support staff in their research and resource requirements. Research work spans legal, business and financial work and evolves to match the firm’s changing strategy. The Library function manages all information assets and budgets.
The US Research team specifically respond to the needs of the US based attorneys across six offices: New York, Washington DC, Boston, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and San Francisco. They also collaborate closely with their global A&O Research & Library colleagues, based in the UK and HK, to ensure a seamless service.
Over the past two years A&O has developed an exceptional IP Litigation Practice across all our offices. This expert role will support their complex IP requests and provide public record and literature research and analysis. The Research Analyst (IP) must have full understanding of public and commercial IP resources and the fundamental basics of patent law, including §§ 101, 102, 103, and 112.
The individual will lead the development of the Practice support through providing training and promotion of resources to attorneys, advising on new products for purchase and mentoring colleagues to enable them to provide complementary support to the Practice.
• Senior U.S. Manager of Library & Information Services
• Attorneys and Business Development staff from all jurisdictions
• Research & Library team (US)
• Strategic Research team (global)
• Global Head A&O Research & Library
• The wider Research & Library community
Role and responsibilities
Research tasks and responsibilities:
• Conducting U.S. and foreign patent, literature and/or trademark searches and analysis;
• Identifying, summarizing, and providing analysis of court decisions and judgements that best support arguments, as well as those that counter the same arguments;
• Researching intellectual property-related activities, including patent litigation and licensing activities of specific companies and/or as they relate to certain markets;
• Providing research and support to patent attorneys on patent prosecution matters, licensing and acquisition matters;
• Performing legal research using a variety of online resources and database systems;
• Conducting in-depth research and analysis of companies, sectors, industries, technologies, market segments and competitors;
• Identifying and monitoring trends and key clients to aid client development efforts for IP practice groups;
• Research on trends in specific forums and judges, including records on motions and transfers.
Patent analysis activities:
• Supporting patent prosecution by assisting with technical content in communications with patent offices across the globe;
• Developing effective search queries and performing landscape, FTO and patentability searches;
• Proactively analyzing and organizing search findings
Supporting patent litigation teams:
• Assisting patent attorneys, professional specialists or paralegals in preparing client communications, reminders, reports, memos and legal documents related to U.S. and foreign patent matters;
• Identifying extrinsic evidence for patent attorneys, including preparing excerpts from dictionaries/textbooks for submission with briefing
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