With almost 7 000 employees, the European Patent Office (EPO) is one of the largest public service institutions in Europe. Its headquarters are in Munich and it also has offices in Berlin, Brussels, The Hague and Vienna. The EPO was founded with the aim of strengthening co-operation on patents in Europe. Through the EPO's centralised patent granting procedure, inventors are able to obtain high-quality patent protection in up to 44 countries, covering a market of some 700 million people. The EPO is also the world's leading authority in patent information and patent searching.
In 2017, the EPO received over 165 000 patent applications and granted over 105 000 patents. Its free online patent database, Espacenet, contains more than 100 million technical documents from 100 countries, and its free neural machine translation service, Patent Translate, provides instant, high-quality translation in 32 languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian.
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 on patent law-related projects and tasks.
The Directorate Patent Law supports EPO policy and work by developing, strengthening and promoting the European Patent Convention and the patent system generally. Its specialist lawyers, who are grouped into three departments (Opposition and Substantive Patent Law; Filing and Euro-PCT; Search and Examination, Fees), assist examiners and formalities staff throughout the patent grant procedure and advise the President on related issues. They also inform users and stakeholders on EPO practice as the law develops. The successful candidate will work in one of the three above-mentioned departments and report direct to the relevant head of department.
Your main responsibilities
1. Providing legal advice on European patent law and the PCT, in particular by
- advising EPO management and staff in DG Patent Granting Process
- drafting appealable decisions
- drafting information and notices for publication in the EPO's Official Journal and/or on its website (www.epo.org)
- drafting and legally checking proposals to amend the EPC Implementing Regulations, the Guidelines for Examination in the EPO, the Rules relating to Fees, ancillary regulations and procedural forms
- providing information about patent-law developments, by answering questions, giving lectures or drafting website publications
2. Acting as legally qualified examiner in examination and opposition proceedings (Articles 18(2) and 19(2) EPC)
3. Other tasks of the directorate, in particular:
- drafting procedural analyses and studies
- taking part in working parties and advisory bodies
- giving lectures and workshops for internal and external training purposes
What we expect from you
- a fully completed university degree in law, preferably with previous experience in patent law-related matters
- initiative, a high degree of commitment and self-motivation, proven organisational skills and a proactive approach to getting things done
- the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and to meet tight deadlines
- well-developed written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
- strong analytical skills
- 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 member states of the European Patent Organisation
The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of qualifications and relevant experience, supplemented as appropriate by interviews, tests and/or a personality questionnaire.
It is intended to hold the interviews in calendar week 17 2019 in Munich.
Job group: 4
Grade: G7-10 (net (basic) monthly salary* for this vacancy: EUR 5 680 to 8 050, depending on experience)
Duration of appointment: five years
Career path: Technical
Application deadline: 25.03.2019
* after deduction of EPO internal tax and before deduction of staff contributions to the social-security and pension schemes.