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BASF Patent Counsel Global IP (m/f/d) in Ludwigshafen, Germany

Job Field : Research & Development

Location : Ludwigshafen,DEU

Company : BASF SE

Job ID : EN59662414BFA2

First information about our application process can be found here:

The selection process includes a background check of the last diploma obtained and criminal record certificate.

Do you have any questions about the application process or the position? Maria Bergmann, Tel.: +49 30 2005-59113

BASF SE, located in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, is the corporate headquarters of the BASF Group and part of the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region. BASF stands for competence in chemistry since 1865 and is represented today in the world's major consumer markets, with a wide range of products. As the largest employer in the region, BASF SE offers multiple career opportunities for students, university graduates and professionals providing also training in over 30 professions. Leisure, sports, culture and a good infrastructure characterize the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region, in which BASF is also involved with numerous activities. Learn more about BASF SE at

In our Service Unit Global Intellectual Property, we are responsible for all services relating to Intellectual Property, i.e. patents, trademarks, trade secrets, plant variety protection, copyrights, designs and IP Intelligence, as well as all IP-contracts. We are a global team servicing the entire BASF group and work in close alliance with the operating business units as well as with the research and technology platforms. In this way we create a basis for future business success and actively influence BASF's competitive situation.

What you can expect

In our Global Service Cluster Intellectual Property you actively shape patent and IP contract activities for the Operating Divisions Petrochemicals and Monomers. In doing so, you contribute to the innovations in the field of sustainable technologies, such as alternative energy production, chemical recycling or carbon management.

  • To achieve the business goals, you acquire in-depth knowledge of the technologies, strategies, and objectives of the business' areas within your responsibility.

  • You lead IP harvesting sessions to identify inventions together with technology experts and maximize worldwide protection of technologies.

  • Furthermore, you prepare expert opinions on third-party IP rights regarding their impact on potential BASF products and processes on a global scale.

  • You design patent portfolios that are perfectly aligned with the business strategy and ensure that they are used to enforce BASF's business interests worldwide.

  • You negotiate joint development agreements with external companies as well as patent license contracts to support technology transfer.

What we expect

  • University degree (Master) with a background in chemistry or chemical process engineering, ideally with a PhD

  • completed training as a European Patent Attorney and/or as a German Patent Attorney

  • professional experience acquired in an in-house patent department of an industrial company, in a patent law firm or at a patent office

  • ideally, experience in drafting and negotiating IP contracts as well as knowledge of licensing rights and contract law

  • fluency in German and English, both written and spoken, is essential

We offer

  • Onboarding to help you settle in quickly, ensuring you are part of the BASF team from day one.

  • Flexible work arrangements so that you can balance your working life and private life.

  • An attractive competitive salary that is based on the company's success and your individual performance.