Senior Patent Counsel - until 14.04.2021 (m/f/d)


Provide patent support, manage the patent portfolio and provide counsel to the business.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Management of the patent portfolio for adidas, incl. management of external law firms responsible for filing and prosecution.
  • Development of prior art resources.
  • Liaising between Technical Departments and Legal Innovation.
  • Patent Clearance, including the research of patents and other prior art (internal searches in database system and external searches supported by outside counsel).
  • Managing the preparation of new patent applications and the formulation and implementation of patent strategies for underlying technologies (including managing and instructing external patent lawyers).
  • Monitoring the patent activity and products of competitor (including monitoring their websites and other literature).
  • Management of patent litigation cases and management of outside counsel in case of patent litigation.
  • Handling employee invention law matters.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong preference for mechanical engineering background or experience in patent matters. 
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to interact with clients at all levels from most senior to most junior, but especially with Company technical groups.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills required.
  • Ability to work independently in area of expertise.
  • Strong team player.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally.

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: 

  1. University degree with focus on engineering (e.g. mechanical engineer).
  2. Patent Attorney / European Patent Attorney.
  3. 8+ years law firm or in-house experience practicing in patents, including patent prosecution.
  4. Preferably experience with multinational companies.


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Job Title:  Senior Patent Counsel - until 14.04.2021 (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Legal / SEA
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Temp
Number:  234608