Every year, the EPO offers a limited number of three to six-month internships to engineering and science students who already hold a bachelor's (or equivalent level) degree. Interns work side by side with examiners who tutor them throughout the internship. They carry out complex re-classification work on patent applications and receive training relating to patents and other areas of IP, and various aspects of an examiner's work.
These internships are open to patent attorneys.
This internship programme is an opportunity for national judges to experience the procedures and proceedings at the Boards of Appeal of the EPO, which examine appeals from the decisions of the receiving section and the examining, legal and opposition divisions of the Office.
These internships are open to recent graduates. Applicants must be nationals of one of the EPO member states.
Where available, details of other internship opportunities at the EPO are published here.