Client: IBM
REF: 20330

“Digital is the wires, but digital intelligence, or artificial intelligence as some people call it, is about much more than that. This next decade is about how you combine those and become a cognitive business. It’s the dawn of a new era.”
– Virginia (Ginni) Rometty – Chairman, President and CEO – IBM.

At IBM, work is more than a job – it’s a calling: To build. To design. To code. To consult. To think along with clients and sell. To make markets. To invent. To collaborate. Not just to do something better, but to attempt things you’ve never thought possible. To lead in this new era of technology and solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.

IBM is a leading cloud platform and cognitive solutions company. Restlessly reinventing since 1911, they are the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 350,000 employees serving clients in 170 countries. With Watson, the AI platform for business, powered by data, they are building industry-based solutions to real-world problems. For more than seven decades, IBM Research has defined the future of information technology with more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents.

The Opportunity

IBM patent leadership is building the future for smarter businesses. In 2018, IBM invested more than $5bn in Research & Development, which in turn delivered a record-breaking 9,100 patents – the 26th consecutive year that the company has led the world in patent filings. Even more importantly, nearly half of IBM’s new patents are advancing AI, cloud computing, blockchain, quantum computing, cybersecurity and other technologies that will change the way the world works again.

This senior patent attorney opportunity is within the headquarters of IBM Germany, located in Ehningen near Stuttgart. The IBM IP function in Germany encompasses IP matters emanating from R&D sites in Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland and various countries in Eastern Europe.

This opportunity involves the full range of services in Intellectual Property including, but not limited to:

  • Identification of patentable inventions;
  • Drafting and prosecution of patent applications;
  • Oppositions, patent enforcement, infringement risk and validity assessments;
  • Advice and counsel to the business and drafting/negotiating IP contracts and agreements.

The Candidate

The successful candidate should possess:

  • An excellent degree in electrical engineering, physics, computer science or a related discipline;
  • Fluency in English and German;
  • Full qualification as a German and European Patent Attorney;
  • Several years of experience in the profession;
  • Excellent social, communication and negotiation skills.

If you would like to explore this opportunity further, please contact

Julian Adamson


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