Lawyers - EPO Talent Pool

European Patent Office

Place of work
Munich, Germany
Contract type

Information about the position

Job description, responsibilities and duties

Talent Pool for Lawyers (14741)

In anticipation of forthcoming opportunities in several of our legal units, we have opened a talent pool for lawyers. Are you driven by legal challenges and do you thrive in an international environment? If so, we would love to hear from you.

Our new talent pool is for job vacancies in the areas Legal Affairs, Employment Law and the Appeals Committee Secretariat. Read on to find out more.

The portfolio of Principal Directorate Legal Affairs is broad, varied and underpins every aspect of the EPO's work, from its core business and international relationships to its co-operation agreements, and from its status as an international organisation to the tenders it runs and the contracts it signs.

The Directorate Employment Law provides management and business units with prompt, personal and professional support. It advises management and decision-makers in the HR area, contributes to projects, pursues amicable settlements and represents the EPO in litigation.

The Directorate Appeals Committee Secretariat provides administrative, operational and legal support to the Appeals Committee, an internal advisory body that carries out peer reviews of employment law decisions in accordance with fair trial principles.

Further information on the individual areas where we foresee future legal opportunities, including specifics on what their responsibilities are, can be found here:

With us you will:
• provide legal support, advice and expertise on the relevant field of law
• contribute to the development of the EPO's legal framework
• draft legal opinions and conduct legal analysis
• advise senior management on new policies and projects
• represent the EPO in meetings with both internal and external stakeholders
• deliver presentations, training and workshops on legal matters
• serve on advisory bodies and participate in working groups
• attend hearings and internal discussions

Requirements for the employee

Candidates with education suit the position

University education (Master's degree)
Postgraduate (Doctorate)

Language skills

German - Upper intermediate (B2) or French - Upper intermediate (B2)

Personality requirements and skills

Apply if you have:
• knowledge and experience in at least one of the following areas: administrative international law; fundamentals of private law, including employment and contract law; patent/IP law; EPC and PCT procedures; data protection law or privacy law; international and European public law
• sound legal analysis and advisory skills
• the ability to understand legal issues in their wider context, including political and legislative processes
• experience of drafting legal opinions, pleadings and other written submissions and legislation
• excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to present complex issues in an easily understandable manner
• the ability to work effectively and accurately to strict deadlines with a strong results-orientation
• a high degree of commitment and a proactive approach
• the ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team
• very good organisational and planning skills
• excellent command of English and a good working knowledge of French or German
• experience of working in an international environment

What we expect from you
• Diploma of completed studies at master's level in law with relevant professional experience, preferably at international level
• Excellent knowledge of one of the official languages (English, French and German) and the ability to understand the other two; in exceptional cases, excellent knowledge (at least C1) of one official language and working knowledge (at least B2) of another (in such cases, the willingness to learn the third language and to reach level B2 within a set time frame would be required)
• You are a citizen of one of the member states of the European Patent Organisation


Brief description of the company

About the EPO

The European Patent Office

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 2018, the EPO received over 174 000 patent applications and granted over 127 000 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.

Company address

European Patent Office


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