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Intellectual Property Manager


Hybrid: This position does not require an employee to be on-site full-time to perform most effectively. The employee’s role enables them to work at a GM facility or off-site as frequently as needed or desired.

This position requires an employee to be onsite monthly.

Who You Are

As a member of GM’s Research and Development organization, you will engage with GM’s researchers and scientists to ensure protection of the intellectual property that they create in various technology areas. The technology encompassed includes connected vehicle, propulsion, advanced materials, sensors and processors, manufacturing technology, battery technology, mobility and more. You will manage invention submissions from researchers and scientists from conception to expiration. You will compile and manage information related to invention records submitted by GM’s researchers and scientists. You will guide and train inventors to refine their concepts into protectable subject matter.

What You Will Do

  • Understand global business unit goals for intellectual property assets, and define appropriate measures for R&D’s patent portfolio management based on these goals

  • Understand GM’s strategic technologies to support the promotion of and mining of intellectual property in these areas

  • Develop strategies for foreign filing and global patent coverage with an eye on the best coverage and protections balanced with budget availability

  • Develop, track, and report on metrics related to intellectual property assets

  • Develop patent filing strategies, patent maps and competitive intelligence for R&D project areas

  • Coordinate with legal staff, inventors and management to ensure that strategic intellectual property assets are identified and protected

  • Conduct workshops on various intellectual property related topics to promote quality and resourcefulness and drive efforts to encourage invention submissions from new employees and under-represented inventors

  • Host brain-storming sessions and break-the-patent sessions

  • Evaluate inventions based on knowledge of technology and intellectual property to provide recommendations on how to protect the invention to meet strategic goals

  • Develop claim strategies for inventions to be filed as patents

  • Evaluate claim scope from applications receiving a notice of allowance and advise the business on continuation strategies

  • Monitor annuities and maintenance fees and advise on end-of-life strategies for granted patents

  • Facilitate awareness of R&D intellectual property assets within the organization and coordinate with business units on usage of R&D intellectual property assets

  • Utilizing docketing software to memorialize, track, and support all above listed activities

  • Coordinate, support, communicate and have a good cultural fit with all members of the Corporate Intellectual Property team in North American and globally

  • Participate in training related to corporate policies, position functions and self-development goals

Additional Description

What You Need

  • Bachelor of Science degree in a technical field of study (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, etc.)

  • USPTO Registered Patent Agent or Intellectual Property Lawyer

  • 3+ years of patent prosecution and client counseling experience

  • Main drafting attorney/agent on at least 50 filed patent applications

  • Experience responding to office actions utilizing compact prosecution strategies and proof of bringing a number of patent applications to issue

About GM

Our vision is a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion and we embrace the responsibility to lead the change that will make our world better, safer and more equitable for all.

Why Join Us 

We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day – individually and collectively – to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values; 
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers.   We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at . In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.