Associate Docketing Administrator

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Date: Mar 15, 2024

Location: San Francisco, US

Company: Dolby Laboratories, Inc.


Join the leader in entertainment innovation and help us design the future. At Dolby, science meets art, and high tech means more than computer code. As a member of the Dolby team, you’ll see and hear the results of your work everywhere, from movie theaters to smartphones. We continue to revolutionize how people create, deliver, and enjoy entertainment worldwide. To do that, we need the absolute best talent. We’re big enough to give you all the resources you need, and small enough so you can make a real difference and earn recognition for your work. We offer a collegial culture, challenging projects, and excellent compensation and benefits, not to mention a Flex Work approach that is truly flexible to support where, when, and how you do your best work.


The Legal Department provides core legal support to all Dolby functions, runs several IP-centric businesses, and leads government relations.


Job Description:  Associate Docketing Administrator (San Francisco-based; also consider Sunnyvale)


Dolby Laboratories is seeking an Associate Docketing Administrator for patent prosecution docketing using the Anaqua software platform.  Reporting to the Manager, Docketing within the IP Operations team, you will play a crucial role in the Patents Group to help establish and protect our rights to our innovations.  You will handle docketing records and monitor critical due dates to ensure all deadlines are met.  You will serve as an internal resource and work cooperatively with a team of in-house docketers, patent paralegals, legal administrative assistants, patent agents, and attorneys.  You must be comfortable with multi-tasking and prioritization in a fast-paced environment with close attention to detail, accuracy, and timeliness.  You must be skilled at obtaining and effectively communicating information related to pending patent applications and matters of U.S. and foreign patent law.

Essential Job Functions

  • Accurately calculate due dates and timely complete all docketing and de-docketing of U.S., EP, PCT, and international deadlines to grow Dolby’s international patent portfolio
  • Review incoming and outgoing correspondence, extract relevant information, and coordinate disposition
  • Add remarks from external and internal correspondence to docket actions
  • Run daily reports of due dates and communicate reminders to internal team
  • Upload pertinent documents to docketing system
  • Obtain documents from EPO/USPTO/WIPO
  • Proofread/double-check patent applications and filings receipts and conduct docketing audits
  • Handle other administrative responsibilities and additional projects to support global team of patent practitioners, paralegals, and administrative assistants

Knowledge, Skills, Experience, and Education Required

  • At least 2 years of docketing experience, preferably at a law firm
  • Experience with Anaqua docketing software preferred
  • Exhibits professionalism and composure in stressful situations and in meeting short deadlines
  • Solid knowledge of U.S., EP, PCT, and international patent docketing procedures/rules
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to read, understand, extract, and input information accurately from legal documents
  • Ability and willingness to learn new software applications
  • Proven ability to work independently in meeting firm deadlines with precision and accuracy
  • Good oral, written, and organizational skills
  • Positive, can-do attitude and strong team player

The San Francisco/Bay Area base salary range for this full-time position is $85,400-100,900, which can vary if outside this location, plus bonus, benefits, and some roles may also include equity. Our salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, competencies, experience, market demands, internal parity, and relevant education or training. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range and perks and benefits for your location during the hiring process.


Dolby will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of San Francisco Police Code, Article 49, and Administrative Code, Article 12


Equal Employment Opportunity:
Dolby is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Our success depends on the combined skills and talents of all our employees. We are committed to making employment decisions without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, marital status, family status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions or any other classification protected by federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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