European Patent Office

 Talent Pool for Lawyers (Appeals Committee Secretariat) (10260)


Job group: 4

Grade: G7 to G10 (net (basic) monthly salary* for this vacancy: EUR 5 685.84 to 8 052.18)

Career path: Technical

Location: Munich

Application deadline: Ongoing



The European Patent Office in Munich is developing its talent pool in anticipation of future openings for lawyers in its Appeals Committee Secretariat.

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 Appeals Committee Secretariat

  • Carrying out legal studies on questions of international civil service law, analysing national and international court judgments relevant to the EPO
  • Preparing case files and drafting supporting documentation (internal notes and opinions) for discussion, deliberation and adoption by the Appeals Committee members
  • Taking part in hearings, internal deliberations and/or amicable settlement negotiations
  • Ensuring prompt correspondence with all stakeholders
  • Advising on legal formalities arising from internal proceedings
  • Supervising the registration of internal appeals
  • Updating 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
  • Excellent command of English and a good working knowledge of French and/or German


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


Time frame and procedure

If you think you might be interested in working for us in future, please fill out our application form so that we can consider your profile. We will contact you with more information about our organisation and will let you know when we publish a new vacancy in case you would like us to put your application forward for it.



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

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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