Intellectual Property Specialist

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Date: Jan 13, 2023

Location: Ann Arbor, MI, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG


Our world needs ideas! As one of the world’s most research-intensive chemical companies, we have been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors – from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber – for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and about 14,500 employees from 70 nations.


At our site in Ann Arbor, we are currently looking for a ​Intellectual Property Specialist​ to join our growing team.


We are seeking an IP Specialist to join our Intellectual Property (IP) team at our regional headquarters in Ann Arbor.


Primary Tasks:

  • Support Wacker's NCA business by drafting, negotiating and maintaining non-disclosure agreements with third party companies.
  • Support the training of business, technical, and corporate personnel in matters related to confidential information.
  • Maintenance, updating and administration of non-disclosure agreements in the related internal data management system.
  • Assisting in-house patent attorneys with all legal services.


Secondary Tasks may include:

  • Supporting the preparation and filing of documents with the USPTO in cooperation with the responsible patent attorneys
  • Maintenance, updating and administration of all official and internal files and deadlines in the internal IP management system during patent filing, prosecution and maintenance


Critical Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Must be highly versitile, adaptable, and posses the ability to be a team player, a problem solver, and provide excellent client service
  • Ability to work and think with independence, manage own docket, work under pressure, and complete projects under deadlines
  • Must be able to discuss confidential business topics and handle with discretion
  • Must be able to handle a high volume of work, produce work that is consistently complete and accurate, and, eventually, complete projects with minimal supervision
  • Familarity with IP and contract concepts
  • Familarity with non-disclosure agreements
  • Must possess strong writing and communication skills
  • Must have strong collaboration skills
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-up skills
  • Must be willing to ask for guidance and/or accept coaching
  • Must possess ability to think critically and ask probing questions
  • Exposure to drafting and negotiating non-disclosure agreements is preferred, but not neccessary if the candidate has strong analytical skills, can comprehensively evaluate information, and is comfortable making decisions
  • Familarity with USPTO filing procedures
  • Familarity with IP docketing and databases
  • Strong computer literacy, including proficiency in Word


Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree along with 3 or more years of relevant legal and/or technical experience.
  • Comfort in dealing with colleagues located domestically and abroad.
  • Knowledge of USPTO rules, procedures, and deadlines a plus
  • Experience with USPTO e-filing systems a plus


Life at Wacker
Wacker is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that our individual differences are our collective strength. We encourage our employees to be their authentic selves and desire team members that share these interests. You will be valued for your contributions and perspectives as we continue to grow together. Your career is important to us, and we want to foster a mutually beneficial relationship where you feel heard, understood, and fulfilled. We consider our employees’ overall health and satisfaction when creating a benefits package. Below are some of the additional incentives our employees enjoy.

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance effective Day 1
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off in addition to personal days and holidays
  • Support for Community Involvement
  • Bonus Plans


WACKER, as an innovative chemical company, makes a vital contribution toward improving the quality of life around the world by developing intelligent solutions for sustainable growth. Our culture focuses on building and retaining diverse and inclusive teams. WACKER offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, competitive benefit offerings and beyond through giving back to our communities.


Be part of our WACKER family, across all nations!


We are looking forward to your online application at
Reference Code: 23429 



The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a Green card).


WACKER is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected classes.

Nearest Major Market: Ann Arbor
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit