Intellectual Property Attorney (f/m/d)

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IP Counsel in Global Patent Group

As a market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. 



The Global Patent Group – as part of SAP’s Global Legal department – works with SAP developers, engineers, and researchers throughout the world. Our goal is to understand the connection between the business and the inventions in order to strategically develop and deploy patents and other IP protection in support of SAP’s business objectives. This role presents an opportunity to be part of a dynamic group of patent professionals located across the globe tasked with growing and maintaining what is already one of the largest patent portfolios. The position offers considerable professional independence and autonomy, making it particularly well-suited for individuals who are independent and decisive.




  • Engage with internal client groups (product development, product marketing, corporate development, sales, corporate legal, etc.) to advise on IP issues and to coordinate activities relating to patent  portfolio development, risk management (such as third party disputes), and IP-related agreements.
  • Build and manage a portfolio of patents supporting one or more lines of business.
  • Assist with IP due diligence activities, assessment of litigation risks, and evaluation of IP licenses and other agreements, in support of lines of business.
  • Coordinate on strategic topics with other IP Counsel team members.
  • Engage and manage outside counsel – no patent drafting or prosecution work required.
  • Travel component up to 10%, including trips to various development locations.




  • Must be admitted to the European Patent Office or German Patent Office (experience with US patents a plus).
  • A university degree in a science/technology field is required (computer science, electrical engineering, or related degree a plus).
  • understanding of software patent practices and principles.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of relevant industry trends and resulting issues to day-to-day business planning.
  • Ability to translate knowledge of technology and market trends to formulate strategies and recommendations to build and maintain a patent portfolio that supports SAP’s business objectives.
  • Ability to travel internationally and work across cultural and language boundaries.
  • Ability to manage projects in a complex and matrixed environment with virtual teams of high-level professionals.
  • The candidate should have strong technical, interpersonal, verbal, presentation, and writing skills to successfully interact with inventors, colleagues, and executive management.
  • The candidate should be a strategic thinker with organizational savvy, and should be results driven yet team oriented.
  • Native German and fluent English is mandatory



At least 7 years IP experience with a breadth of experience in the areas of patent drafting, prosecution, licensing, and litigation preferred.


We build breakthroughs together

SAP innovations help more than 400,000 customers worldwide work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively. Originally known for leadership in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, SAP has evolved to become a market leader in end-to-end business application software and related services for database, analytics, intelligent technologies, and experience management. As a cloud company with 200 million users and more than 100,000 employees worldwide, we are purpose-driven and future-focused, with a highly collaborative team ethic and commitment to personal development. Whether connecting global industries, people, or platforms, we help ensure every challenge gets the solution it deserves. At SAP, we build breakthroughs, together.

We win with inclusion

SAP’s culture of inclusion, focus on health and well-being, and flexible working models help ensure that everyone – regardless of background – feels included and can run at their best. At SAP, we believe we are made stronger by the unique capabilities and qualities that each person brings to our company, and we invest in our employees to inspire confidence and help everyone realize their full potential. We ultimately believe in unleashing all talent and creating a better and more equitable world.
SAP is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to the values of Equal Employment Opportunity and provide accessibility accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with SAP and are in need of accommodation or special assistance to navigate our website or to complete your application, please send an e-mail with your request to Recruiting Operations Team:
For SAP employees: Only permanent roles are eligible for the SAP Employee Referral Program, according to the eligibility rules set in the SAP Referral Policy. Specific conditions may apply for roles in Vocational Training.

Requisition ID: 385174  | Work Area: Legal  | Expected Travel: 0 - 10%  | Career Status: Professional  | Employment Type: Regular Full Time   | Additional Locations: Other German SAP Locations like Hamburg, Berlin, Ratingen, St. Ingbert, Eschborn, Garching, Gerlingen possible  #LI-Hybrid


Requisition ID:  385174
Posted Date:  May 3, 2024
Work Area:  Legal
Career Status:  Professional
Employment Type:  Regular Full Time
Expected Travel:  0 - 10%

Walldorf, DE, 69190

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