Law and Patents

A global enterprise like Bayer operates in a complex network of national and international regulations. Employees in our Law, Patents and Compliance (LPC) Community are the specialists for all legal issues that arise in the day-to-day work of a global corporation. They also look after our intellectual property: patents, trademarks and commercial rights.

Tasks and specialization

The main area in which our Law, Patents & Compliance function works are:


  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Litigation
  • Corporate Law /Global Governance
  • Company and Capital Market Law
  • Corporate Compliance
  • IP Management (Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH)
  • Insurance


The LPC Community, which links legal and patent experts throughout the Group, is kept informed of all major steps.

Career opportunities

Bayer is an employer of choice for law students and qualified lawyers. You can get to know us while you are a student by doing a work experience placement with us. We frequently offer openings for graduate lawyers at the start of their career. And for those with professional experience, Bayer is a fascinating partner for the next step in their career. You can find more information about joining Bayer here:

 Work experience placements for lawyers at Bayer

 Newly qualified lawyers

 Experienced lawyers

What we offer

As an international science-based company, we are passionate about innovations that improve the way people live in our world. Bayer offers an open and inspiring environment. We will encourage you to question the status quo and think ahead. It takes imagination, ambition and courage to find answers to society's most pressing questions. That is confirmed by the Azur-Associate ranking, where Bayer is singled out as one of the most popular industrial employers for lawyers.

What you probably didn't know about patents

Why do patents expire after a certain time and why are some products still protected by patents in one country and not in another? Do patents hinder scientific progress or do they in fact enable researchers to gain experience of new discoveries and learn from them years before they come onto the market? Watch our new video to find out more. 




“Towards a global in-house law firm”

Dr. Gabriel Harnier has been working at Bayer for since 2005. Today he serves as head of Law, Patents & Compliance. On our Bayer Career Blog, he reports on entry and development possibilities for lawyers. He also gives some personal insights into his own career.

A fascinating working enviroment for lawyers

Antje Völker has worked as a lawyer at Bayer for the past 19 years. She enjoys the broad scope of her daily work, which includes working in interdisciplinary teams and an exciting, international environment. You can read more about what Antje particularly likes about her job in her contribution to the Bayer Career Blog.

Insights by a lawyer

Edda Dolzer has been working as an in-house lawyer at Bayer in Leverkusen since 2011. In her contribution to the Bayer Career Blog she outlines what the litigation department does and gives an insight into her daily work and what she particularly likes about working for Bayer.