European Patent Office

 Lawyers (Employment Law and Appeals Committee Secretariat) (9523) - group 3


Job group: 4
Grade: G7 to G10 (net (basic) monthly salary* for this vacancy: EUR 5 521.05 to 7 818.81)
Duration of appointment : 3 years
Career path: Technical
Location: Munich
Application deadline: 08.01.2019



Within the European Patent Office, the Employment Law Directorate and the Appeals Committee Secretariat are both recruiting qualified lawyers to support their business needs.


The Employment Law Directorate is part of the Principal Directorate Human Resources, which with a staff of around 200 aims to provide staff and management with prompt, personal and professional support. The role of the Employment Law Directorate is to give advice on employment law to Office management and personnel departments and to represent the EPO in internal appeals before the Appeals Committee and in complaints before the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization.


The Directorate Appeals Committee Secretariat has the task of supporting the Appeals Committee (ApC) in its operations. Among other duties it is responsible for registering and administering appeals, preparing hearings and internal deliberations and carrying out legal studies. It also manages the electronic tools available to support the work of Appeals Committee members. The Appeals Committee itself is an advisory administrative body which provides for a peer review of disputed decisions as part of the EPO's formal dispute settlement procedures.


Your main responsibilities as a lawyer in the Employment Law Directorate


  • Advising on implementation of the EPO's employment-related legal framework, and helping to develop that framework by drafting legal opinions, submissions and regulations
  • Helping to settle internal and external disputes initiated by serving or former EPO staff, by preparing meetings, drafting legal opinions or submissions, and making oral pleadings
  • Providing legal advice on new policies, reforms and reform projects
  • Advising EPO management or statutory bodies on a range of strategic and operational questions whilst ensuring alignment with EPO rules and business objectives
  • Conducting proceedings under EPO employment–law rules, and preparing decisions
  • Providing legal support and expertise to various HR departments on:


            °  HR operations and allowances

            °  HR services to management and business areas

            °  Case management


  • Any other tasks and duties upon request, depending on business needs


Your main responsibilities as a lawyer in the Appeals Committee Secretariat


  • Supervising the registration of internal appeals
  • Advising on legal formalities arising with internal appeals
  • Legal studies on questions of international civil-service law; analysing national and international court judgments relevant to the EPO
  • Drafting documents for discussion by the Appeals Committee members
  • Drafting internal notes and opinions for the Appeals Committee
  • Correspondence with parties to appeal proceedings
  • Taking part in hearings and internal discussions (minute-writing)
  • Maintaining the Appeals Committee’s databases


What we expect from you


  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to strict deadlines
  • Specialised knowledge in administrative international law, and knowledge of the fundamentals of private law, including employment law
  • Experience in drafting legal opinions and legislation
  • Advanced legal research, analysis and drafting skills
  • Ability to present clear, concise and persuasive arguments
  • A well-organised, systematic and results-oriented approach
  • An understanding of political and legislative processes


Your qualifications


  • Diploma of completed university studies at master's level or – in exceptional cases – equivalent professional experience
  • Excellent knowledge of one official language and ability to understand the other two
  • Citizenship of one of the member states of the European Patent Organisation



It is intended to hold the interviews in week 5, in Munich.




 * after deduction of EPO internal tax and before deduction of staff contributions to the social-security and pension schemes. The salary range depends on experience.

To foster gender diversity, EPO encourages applications from female candidates. 
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.

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 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.

What we offer

  • intellectual challenges and empowerment through professional development
  • the chance to work with inspiring people from various different cultures
  • an excellent social package
  • contributory medical-insurance and pension schemes
  • relocation benefits and various allowances (e.g. household, dependants', childcare, education, expatriation, installation and rent allowance), depending on their personal circumstances

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