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Patent Counsel - Artificial Intelligence (m/w/d) Hybrid Option GER



Software Engineering, Legal
Ludwigshafen, Germany
Posted on Friday, May 3, 2024


Our Service Unit Global Intellectual Property is one of the biggest inhouse IP units in Germany. We are responsible for all services relating to 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.


We are looking for a Patent Counsel turning digital innovation into effective IP value. Our multidisciplinary, international team supports BASF's cutting-edge digital innovation pipeline ranging from artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, quantum computing to sustainability in chemicals. The role focusses on artificial intelligence for applications in the chemical industry.

  • In this role you actively shape BASF's IP position by consulting innovation teams on matters of digital IP.
  • The core tasks are identifying patentable ideas with business impact, building and maintaining patent portfolios in different technology areas as well as advising the teams on IP in partnerships.
  • You are also going to evaluate patent landscapes and derive strategic measures (freedom to operate, invalidity, licensing strategies).
  • You advise the innovation teams on technological aspects in contractual matters, partnerships and M&A activities.


  • degree (M.Sc. or PhD) in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computational Science, Business Informatics, Mathematics, Theoretical Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry, Computational Chemistry or related fields, technological experience in data science, machine learning, generative AI and their latest developments is an advantage
  • proven technical understanding or certified training(s) in the digital technology environment, especially in the fields of artificial intelligence, data science and data technology
  • qualified as European or German Patent Attorney; alternatively, national qualification in- or outside Europe or interest in training to become a European Patent Attorney
  • (first) experience inhouse or in a patent law firm is a plus
  • strong communication skills in English
  • curious and open minded with a sound understanding of business interests in digital environment


  • Attractive salary and a variable bonus
  • Company pension scheme, company-financed supplementary long-term care insurance as well as accident insurance, share programme for employees, value account and company car subsidy
  • Flexible working time models


Do you have any questions about the application process or the position? Please reach out to: Lavinia Mader,

The selection process includes a background check of the last diploma obtained and criminal record certificate. Please submit the required documents only after our request.

First information about our application process can be found here:

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

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