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Innovative ideas require patent protection - worldwide


Support us in further expanding BASF’s leading position.

Our colleagues from various BASF departments - chemistry, process technology, biology, production or agricultural science - are always developing something new. To turn new ideas into products, our patent lawyers register on average over 1,000 patents with the European Patent Office in Munich for the BASF Group every year. With this number of registrations, we are right at the top internationally when comparing all classical chemical and pharmaceutical companies over a five-year period. We offer you a career with numerous options and involvement with the newest state-of-the-art technologies. You can expect interesting tasks - from supporting patent issuing processes and creating technology contracts to advising inventors and business units on strategic issues.

The Global Intellectual Property department has the central control responsibility for securing the intellectual property rights of the entire BASF Group.

As a trained patent lawyer with an academic background in natural sciences or engineering, you can join us in Global Intellectual Property directly.

Apply for one of our open positions.

As a natural scientist or engineer with training as a patent lawyer you can join us directly.

You can communicate fluently in German and English both orally and in writing. You are open to new things, have an eye for details and at the same time always see the big picture. You enjoy dealing with technical and scientific questions that you approach purposefully and solve innovatively. You consider developing your career as well as your personal and intercultural skills to be an exciting challenge.

Our specialists in the various BASF Group companies provide all of the professional services relating to intellectual property (IP) for BASF. With its head office in Ludwigshafen, Global Intellectual Property creates a tight-knit, international network for IP services.

As a patent lawyer you will work directly in the Global Intellectual Property department. You will typically support one or more special, technical areas and are therefore closely involved in the innovation process.

Your tasks as a BASF patent lawyer will cover for example:

  • advising customers from research, development, marketing, and production
  • legally protecting technical cooperations with other companies using cooperation agreements
  • support for the patent portfolio from the registration process to patent assertion and defence.

We offer attractive conditions and excellent development opportunities. Your learning happens "on the job" and is supported by department-specific training sessions and the opportunity to attend other professional courses. Alongside your supervisor, we discuss the ongoing steps in your career. Additionally we support you on your career path with numerous other training measures, such as, for example, communications and self-management.