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Senior Paralegal / IP Formalities Specialist


LOCATION: EU (preferably Hamburg)      

Company Background:

Ingredion is a Fortune 500 provider of ingredient solutions that helps nourish, comfort, sustain, and delight people around the world. Ingredion’s wide range of ingredient solutions is strategically designed to address changing consumer trends and preferences. Our specialty portfolio includes starch-based texturizers, clean and simple ingredients, plant-based proteins, sugar reduction and specialty sweeteners, and food systems. Our innovative ingredient solutions are used by consumers in everyday products, from foods and beverages to paper and pharmaceuticals. And we do it all in a planet-friendly sustainable manner.

We bring the potential of people, nature and technology together to make life better.

That’s our purpose. We are all IN to make life better!

Every day, Ingredion employees bring their skills, creativity, and passion together to deliver ingredient solutions that enhance people’s lives. We are innovators who combine the power of technology with the best of nature to delight our customers and consumers. We hold ourselves to the highest standards in ethics, safety, quality and sustainability. Unlocking the potential of people, nature and technology to make life better is what drives us in every aspect of our business.

If you are interested in making life better, we are all IN to learn more about you! A bit about what you can expect from the employee experience at Ingredion:

The chance to make a difference

No matter where you work in the company, you’ll have an opportunity to make life better… for our colleagues, customers, communities, and the world.

Passionate people, motivated to excel

Our highly talented people have a passion for learning and achievement and are driven by our inspiring purpose to make life better and our core values: Care First, Be Preferred, Everyone Belongs, Innovate Boldly, and Owner’s Mindset.

A warm, welcoming environment

At Ingredion, everyone belongs! We embrace diversity and foster an inclusive work environment where individuals feel supported and enabled to contribute their very best every day.

A place where you can grow personally and professionally

We believe everyone has great potential, and we strive to nurture that potential into great personal and professional achievements.

An environment that enables innovation and collaboration

We are creating the conditions that inspire and enable innovation - in our products and services, as well as in how we do our work day-to-day.

We're looking for passionate candidates who have the right capabilities and who are all IN to help us bring our purpose and values to life.

The Senior IP Paralegal/Formalities Specialist will be responsible for providing administrative support for the day-to-day aspects of our IP portfolio.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Support prosecution and maintenance of patent portfolio, liaising with agents to complete formal matters, such as priority documents, POAs and assignments, and coordinating/managing annuity payments.
  • Prepare, organize, and facilitate or direct file patent applications in the PCT, EP, US and foreign jurisdictions
  • Manage and track Invention Disclosures
  • Responsible for docketing global due dates for patent portfolio; generating patent docket reports; managing all docket due dates to ensure all filing/response deadlines are met; and facilitating payment of patent annuities/TM renewals.
  • Generate the appropriate reports and materials required to support the patent review committee meetings with the business.
  • Help manage IP legal budget and process invoices for the IP legal department, including creating new billing matters and setting up new vendors in electronic billing system and fielding IP legal billing and invoice questions.
  • Proactively promote and recommend opportunities to simplify IP team processes and procedures to promote simpler and more efficient ways of working, lower costs and minimize risk associated with procuring and managing the IP portfolio
  • Provide basic administrative support.

Qualified candidates:

  • Must have an Associate’s degree or Paralegal certificate (or similar) with 8+ years of combined law-firm and corporate legal experience supporting a global patent portfolio, including interacting with global agents and internal clients. 
  • Must have experience supporting the preparation and prosecution of a global patent portfolio, inclusive of electronic filings.
  • Must have experience docketing trademark and patent due dates and facilitating payment of patent annuities.
  • Must have experience using online databases and internet resources (e.g. USPTO, EPO, Questel) for patent searching.
  • Will preferably have experience managing a trademark portfolio, including paying trademark renewals
  • Must be well organized with excellent attention to detail and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively to manage multiple, diverse projects in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, and proactively communicate with the Chief IP Counsel and other legal team members when appropriate.
  • Must be a proactive problem solver and exceptional team player
  • Must be computer literate
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Must be eligible to work in Germany

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Relocation available:


Ingredion Germany GmbH
Grüner Deich 110
20097 Hamburg