The European Patent Office echnically qualified members (m/f) of the Boards of Appeal (3.2.05 - Mechanics) (12622)
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Job group: 3
Grade: G14/1 (net (basic) monthly salary* for this vacancy: EUR 13 731)
Duration of appointment: Five-year term with possibility of re-appointment
Career path: Technical
Application deadline: 09.07.2020
You will be appointed as a member of the EPO's Boards of Appeal, the judicial authority under the European Patent Convention that renders decisions on European patents at final instance.
Members of the Boards of Appeal are independent in the performance of their judicial duties. In their decisions they are not bound by any instructions and have to comply only with the provisions of the European Patent Convention (Article 23(3) EPC).
Contribute to a technical board’s review of a decision of a department of first instance of the EPO
As rapporteur: case management, making proposals for communications to the parties, preparing oral proceedings and drafting decisions, including all related tasks
Act as co-rapporteur, second member or chairman when required
Contribute to the overall improvement of the functioning of the Boards of Appeal (working methods, harmonisation, organisation, …)
Ideal candidate profile
Many years of professional experience in the field of patent law, preferably in the area of mechanics, with practical experience in patent opposition, appeal, nullity or infringement proceedings as a patent judge, patent examiner, patent attorney in private practice or patent expert in industry
Strong technical and legal analytical skills
Ability to work across a wide range of fields in mechanical engineering, in particular in polymer processing, security documents, or printing technology
Ability to carry out a judicial function, acting in an impartial, fair, balanced and efficient manner, displaying the high standard of conduct appropriate to persons exercising a judicial function
Profound knowledge of the European Patent Convention and of the case law of the Boards of Appeal and the Enlarged Board of Appeal
Proven track record of very high performance
High degree of commitment and self-motivation, as well as flexibility to work across technical fields
Ability to work collegially with board members and other colleagues
Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
Openness to receiving feedback and a high interest in professional development
Strong organisational skills and ability to manage the workload effectively, including meeting objectives
Ability to work in a multicultural environment
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 the ability to understand the other two
Citizenship of one of the Contracting States of the European Patent Organisation
What we offer
Work as a member of a judicial authority which renders decisions at final instance
A highly professional, collegial and international work environment
Procedure and time frame
The successful candidate will be appointed by the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation for a term of five years, and may be reappointed subject to a positive opinion based on a performance evaluation by the President of the Boards of Appeal.
Selection will be made on the basis of qualifications and an interview, supplemented as appropriate by tests.
Candidates from within the EPO 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 line manager being contacted.
Furthermore, they are requested to submit copies of two recent decisions dealing with the problem of inventive step (Article 56 EPC), preferably from inter partes proceedings. These decisions should, if possible, be in two different languages. A copy of any set(s) of claims relevant to those decisions as well as the minutes of oral proceedings (if any took place) should be provided.
External candidates are asked to supplement their application, including motivation statement and curriculum vitae, with job references and/or certificates of employment, as well as to provide us with a name of a contact person who is able to inform us about their professional performance.
Furthermore, they are requested to provide two recent documents, personally drafted by them, such as copies of judgements or written submissions filed at a court or the EPO. Preferably, the submissions should address the issue of inventive step (Article 56 EPC). If these are not available in one of the official languages, the candidates are asked to submit a translation.
It is intended to hold the interviews in week 31 of 2020.
The recruitment procedure will be finalised upon decision of the Administrative Council.It is currently envisaged that a proposal is presented to the Administrative Council for decision at its 164th session on 13.- 14.10.2020. Applicants will only be notified of the outcome of their application thereafter.
To find out more about the boards of appeal: https://jobs.epo.org/content/Boards-of-Appeal/?locale=en_EN