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At Gentherm, we say, “It’s about the person.” We’re with you on a cold winter day when you turn on your heated seat and steering wheel or helping manage patient body temperature in the operating room, recovering room or intensive care units. We take a human approach with everything we do.


As the global leader in thermal management technologies we embrace the opportunity to create and deliver extraordinary thermal solutions that make meaningful differences in everyday life. We do this by improving health, wellness, comfort and energy efficiency.


We embrace an entrepreneurial spirit and combine that with our global leadership to deliver results. Working at Gentherm provides you the opportunity to not only shape the future of the automotive and medical industries, but also influence your career throughout the company. You will be engaged, challenged and inspired by our team to deliver leading thermal technologies that positively impact lives around the world.

IP Attorney



Support the corporation’s leading market position and business plans by protecting the corporation’s intellectual property, assisting in securing commercial agreements and providing other general legal services.  




  • Assess corporate inventions for patentability and strategic merit.
  • Determine where to file foreign patent and other intellectual property applications.
  • Assist in developing intellectual property strategy and policies.
  • Engage and supervise outside legal counsel on intellectual property matters, including patent and trademark prosecution and intellectual property litigation.
  • Ensure intellectual property filing and renewal deadlines are met.
  • Prepare and review license agreements, joint development agreements, non-disclosure agreements and invention assignment agreements.
  • Train engineers and others to recognize patentable inventions.
  • Examine new patents filed by competitors to determine risk and merit of filing challenges.
  • Prepare opinions and advise the corporation on infringement claims, both against third parties and against the corporation.
  • Suggest modifications to products to (1) allow for better intellectual property protection or (2) avoid interfering with intellectual property of others.
  • Keep apprised with respect to legal changes in intellectual property laws.
  • Review and comment on supplier and customer commercial agreements.
  • Support and participate in negotiations related to commercial agreements.
  • supplying pertinent intellectual property and technology transfer information for annual corporate 10-K, U.S. R&D tax credit and U.S. Department of Commerce R&D Survey submissions
  • Analytical – synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses tuition and experience to complement data; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Strategic Thinking – develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; understands organization’s strengths and weaknesses; analyzes market and competition; identifies external threats and opportunities; adapts strategy to changing conditions.
  • Interpersonal – focuses on solving conflict; maintains confidentiality.
  • Team Work – balances team and individual responsibilities; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.
  • Leadership – proactive and engaged; exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others, inspires respect and trust; accepts feedback from others; provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates.
  • Ethics – treats people with respect; keeps commitments, inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.
  • Organizational Support – follows policies and procedures; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Judgment – displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; makes timely decisions.
  • Planning/Organizing – prioritizes and plans work activities; sets goals and objectives.
  • Professionalism – approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration.




  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.)
  • Minimum of 6 years of experience 
  • Member of the Patent Bar / Registered with the Patent and Trademark Office
  • Must be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Michigan, or demonstrate ability to become a member within a short period of time, such as by reciprocity application.


  • Combination of outside and in-house legal experience
  • Automotive industry experience
  • Leadership experience



TRAVEL: Up to 10% global travel on an as-needed basis

LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBLITIES: Manage legal intern(s), and indirect responsibility for managing 2 IP paralegals in Europe.

  • Deliver Results
    • Understand the mission and output of your team; set SMART objectives and deliver
  • Drive Change
    • Focus on agility and commitment to continuous improvement; Understand and act on internal and external drivers of change
  • Build Capability
    • Foster a culture of learning and development; Support individual growth through continuous feedback to achieve personal and professional goals
  • Cultivate Innovation
    • Openly embrace, create, implement and support new and innovative ideas, processes and technology that deliver business results

All positions in our office require interaction with people and technology while either standing or sitting. In order to best service our customers, internal and external, all associates must be able to communicate face-to-face and on the phone with or without reasonable accommodation. Gentherm is committed to compliance with its obligations under all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, it attempts to reasonably accommodate applicants and employees in accordance with the requirements of the disability discrimination laws. It also invites individuals with disabilities to participate in a good faith, interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made without imposing an undue hardship.

Gentherm is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Job Req ID:  7104

Northville, MI, US, 48167

Country:  US
Date:  Aug 16, 2019

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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