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The Hague / Munich, , Netherlands
Lawyer in Boards of Appeal
Lawyer in Boards of Appeal
Legal Research Service of the Boards of Appeal
EPO Munich (DE)
The European Patent Office (EPO) – the second-largest public institution in Europe, with 7 000 staff members and a self-financed annual budget of EUR 2bn – is looking for a lawyer to work in the Legal Research Service of the Boards of Appeal.
Under the European Patent Convention, the EPO Boards of Appeal (BoA) have final-instance jurisdiction with respect to European patents. As a lawyer in the Legal Research Service (a support unit for the BoA) you will perform the following tasks:
Drafting reports and studies for the BoA and the President of the BoA on legal questions, in particular concerning civil procedure and patent law
Analysing and reporting on the case law of the BoA as well as patent-related decisions handed down by national courts in the EPC contracting states
Preparing patent law-related publications in English, French and German
Other duties of the department, in particular
Supporting the President of the BoA and the Director of Legal Research and Administration on legal issues
Participating in working parties and advisory committees
Contributing to electronic information systems
Giving lectures for internal and external training purposes
Ideal candidate profile
Completed advanced university degree in law
Excellent legal research, analysis and drafting skills
Very good communication skills (oral and written)
Excellent knowledge of English (preferably native speaker or full professional/bilingual proficiency)
Very good practical IT skills, especially in using electronic search tools
Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team
A highly service-oriented approach
A systematic, results-oriented approach
Initiative and a willingness to innovate
The ideal candidate will also have
knowledge or relevant experience in the field of industrial property, especially patent law
professional experience in the job-related legal field
an understanding of the functioning of the EPO and of the European patent system in general
experience of working in an international environment
Diploma of completed university studies at master's level or – in exceptional cases – equivalent professional experience
Excellent knowledge of one official language (English, French or German) and ability to understand the other two
Citizenship of one of the
of the European Patent Organisation
Salary and benefits
The EPO offers competitive salaries, an excellent social package, and varied work in a modern international environment. The net (basic) monthly salary** for this vacancy ranges from EUR 5 317.77 to 7 530.93, depending on experience. In addition, depending on their personal circumstances, EPO staff may be entitled to relocation benefits and various allowances (e.g. household, dependants', childcare, education, expatriation, installation, rent and language allowance).
** after deduction of EPO internal tax and before deduction of staff contributions to the social-security and pension schemes.
At the end of our selection process, we may place suitable candidates on a reserve list for a limited period of time. Being on a reserve list does not guarantee a job offer or imply any entitlement to employment at the EPO. You will be considered automatically for vacancies in your field. No action is required on your part unless we contact you.
Procedure and timeframe
The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of qualifications and experience, supplemented as appropriate by interviews, tests and/or a personality questionnaire.
It is intended to hold the interviews in calendar week 24 in Munich.
Please apply online via the '
', using the online application form, reference number INT/EXT/4201.
Click here for the application form!
Application until: 14 May 2017
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