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Patent Attorney at Continental



Senior Level

Auburn Hills, MI, USA

Not defined

01 Sep → 01 Oct


Job Description

Continental Automotive is one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world and a leader in automated driving. Through our pioneering technologies and services, we’re changing the future of mobility to make it more safe, smart, and sustainable. Our Auburn Hills, MI location is seeking a highly self-motivated and detail-oriented Patent Attorney to join our IP team. The ideal candidate has excellent communication skills, is a team player and is flexible and able to work independently and within a highly functional team under tight deadlines, handle multiple tasks, work collaboratively, think creatively, take initiative and respond quickly to changing priorities and goals.

Are you ready to shape the future with us?


The primary goal for this patent attorney is to manage a patent portfolio including preparation and prosecution of patent applications. You will work with engineers, patent counsel in Germany and in the US as well as with business units to audit and manage a patent portfolio, including in-source patent prosecution work and the nationalization of German patent applications in order to reduce costs and assist with other work, including opinions, agreements, managing outside IP counsel, Open Source Software Counseling, contracts, and litigation support. The work includes an interesting mix of automotive technologies, including software, electrical and mechanical designs for a variety of products such as brake systems, safety systems, automated driving systems, displays, communications, and telematics.

The patent counsel will report to the Auburn Hills Group Leader in the IP Americas department and assist patent counsel in the Auburn Hills office and in Deer Park, and may also support other Continental locations, and in particular IP, engineering and business units in Germany.

EEO / AA / Disabled / Protected Veteran Employer. Continental offers equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals, without regard to unlawful consideration to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law. In addition, as a federal contractor, Continental complies with government regulations, including affirmative action responsibilities, where they apply. To be considered, you must apply for a specific position for which Continental has a current posted job opening. Qualifying applications will be considered only for the specific opening(s) to which you apply. If you would like to be considered for additional or future job openings, we encourage you to reapply for other opportunities as they become available. Further, Continental provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance in the application process, please reply to or contact US Recruiting at 248.393.5566. This telephone line and email address are reserved solely for job seekers with disabilities requesting accessibility assistance or an accommodation in the job application process. Please do not call about the status of your job application, if you do not require accessibility assistance or an accommodation. Messages left for other purposes, such as following up on an application or non-disability related technical issues, will not receive a call back.

Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2020, Continental generated sales of €37.7 billion and currently employs around 233,000 people in 58 countries and markets. In 2021, the company celebrates its 150th anniversary.

This position can be located in Auburn Hills, MI or Deer Park, IL.

  • This position is targeted to be at the home location of the selected applicant.

Job Responsibilities

  • Patent Preparation and Prosecution for assigned technologies
  • Nationalizing and prosecuting about 20 foreign cases per year.
  • Managing outside IP counsel.
  • Providing IP updates to BU management
  • Responsible for controlling and tracking spending to stay within budget guidelines.
  • Working with Continental's IP docket management database.
  • Managing patent review committee

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in EE/ME/Computer Science/ Physics (or other STEM)

  • Juris Doctor Degree and registered State Bar member in good standing

  • Registered member at the USPTO

  • At least 7 years experience in patent law and engineering (or related)

  • 5-8 years of patent application preparation and prosecution experience on U.S. and foreign patent filings

  • Extensive knowledge of USPTO and PCT rules, regulations, forms; ability to perform research on CAFC case law and in the MPEP and to share knowledge with and train others.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills that adhere to Continental Business System (CBS) policy and to the IP department's highly collegial and respectful interpersonal communications culture.

  • Strong computer skills including an ability to actively learn and utilize software including, Microsoft Office, the USPTO's PAIR and EFS.

Benefits/What We offer

  • Immediate Benefits

  • Paid Time Off

  • Tuition & Employee Discounts

  • Annual Bonus

  • Employer 401(k) Match

  • And more benefits that come with working for a global industry leader!

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