Legally Qualified Members of the Boards of Appeal (Board 3.1.01) - several posts

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Legally Qualified Members of the Boards of Appeal (Board 3.1.01) - several posts

Category: Permanent

Job group: 3
Career path: Technical
Place of employment: Munich
Code: INT/EXT/8041
Publication date: 23.02.2018
Closing date: 30.03.2018
Place of Work: Munich, Germany
Contract Type: Permanent, Full-time.

The European Patent Office (EPO) is the second-largest intergovernmental organisation in Europe, employing almost 7 000 staff from over 30 countries. The EPO strives to support innovation and promote a knowledge-based society in Europe. Its mission is to secure the highest quality standards in patenting.

The persons appointed will be legally qualified members of the boards of appeal of the EPO, which under the European Patent Convention have final-instance jurisdiction with respect to European patents.

A member of the boards of appeal performs duties of a judicial nature fully independently, not bound by any instructions and in compliance only with the provisions of the European Patent Convention (Article 23(3) EPC).

Main duties

  • Participation in all written and oral procedural stages of proceedings of the Legal Board and the technical boards of appeal
  • As rapporteur: making proposals for communications to the parties, preparing draft decisions and oral proceedings, including all related tasks, and, where necessary, taking evidence
  • After gaining experience in the duties of a legally qualified member of the boards of appeal, helping to train new board members and assistants
  • Taking part in the meetings of the Legal Board

Ideal candidate profile: Qualifications, experience and skills

  • A fully completed university degree in law; a specialisation in intellectual property law would be an asset
  • Many years' professional experience, preferably in the field of patent law, with practical experience in patent opposition, appeal, nullity and infringement proceedings as a judge or lawyer in private practice, or as a legal adviser in public administration or industry
  • Proven very high standards of performance
  • Ability to act in a manner as befits a judge in dealings with colleagues, registrars and parties, which implies, in particular, open-mindedness, courtesy, patience and firmness
  • An interest in technical subject-matter
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Sound knowledge of the EPC and of the case law of the boards of appeal and the Enlarged Board of Appeal

Other competencies

  • Ability to work collegially within the board and to communicate effectively
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to manage the work and meet objectives
  • Openness to feedback and an interest in developing further
  • High degree of commitment and self-motivation

Minimum qualifications

  • Diploma of completed studies at master's level or - in exceptional cases - equivalent professional knowledge and experience acquired over many years of qualified work
  • 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

What we offer

  • Varied and interesting work as a member of the Legal Board
  • A highly professional, collegial and international work environment

To find out more about the boards of appeal:

Salary and benefits

The EPO offers competitive salaries, an excellent social package and varied work in a modern international environment. The net monthly salary[*] for this vacancy starts at EUR 12 888. The EPO also operates contributory medical-insurance and pension schemes. In addition, depending on their personal circumstances, EPO staff may be entitled to relocation benefits and various allowances.

How to Apply: Please use the following link in order to apply online:

The successful candidate will be appointed by the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation for a period of five years, and may be reappointed. Selection will be made on the basis of qualifications and an interview. Candidates may state if they have a preference for a particular board. Internal candidates are asked to supplement their application, including motivation statement and curriculum vitae, with appraisal reports covering the last four years, as well as to agree to their superior being contacted if they are invited for an interview.

It is intended to hold the interviews on 27 April and 15 May 2018.

The EPO is an equal opportunities employer and supports workforce diversity as a signatory to the Diversity Charter (Charta der Vielfalt) since 2010. All applications for vacant positions will be welcomed and considered on the professional merits of the applicant against the role profile for the position regardless of nationality, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, parental responsibilities, age, religion or belief.

*after deduction of EPO internal tax and before deduction of staff contributions to the social-security and pension schemes.

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