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Internships and traineeships for patent professionals - Praktika Intern 2014

The PRAKTIKA INTERN programme is made up of three modules designed for participants with different levels of knowledge and experience. It is intended for candidates preparing for the European qualifying examination (EQE) as well as professional representatives working in private practice or industry. It is an international programme organised and co-ordinated by the European Patent Academy, and it aims to promote equal access to education and training opportunities in the field of European and international patent law and practice across all current and future contracting states to the European Patent Convention (EPC).

The three modules described below are stand-alone and can therefore be taken independently of each other. However, participants may only take part in one module per year. Past participants will not be given preference over newcomers in this year's selection procedure.

Overview of the modules

Module 1 - Initial training

Module 1, which takes the form of classroom sessions, introduces participants to the patent grant and post-grant procedures before the European Patent Office (EPO). Participants in this two-week course must already have started their professional training with a professional representative or in industry, and they ought to be planning to sit the EQE (main or pre-examination) within the next years.

Module 1 will be available at the EPO's Munich site in the following period:
12 - 23 May 2014

Module 2 - Working with an examiner

Participants for module 2 are expected to have adequate knowledge of the European patent grant procedure as well as the national patent grant procedure of their respective EPC contracting state. They must also have successfully completed the Euro-CEIPI basic training course in European patent law or an equivalent course. In exceptional cases, applicants may also be admitted into the programme if they can demonstrate a level of knowledge equivalent to that of an EQE candidate. In some cases, participants who have only recently passed the EQE are also eligible for this module.


Interns spend three weeks in Directorate-General 1 (DG 1), which is responsible for search, examination and opposition. Here, they have the opportunity to work on actual case files. Each intern is looked after by an examiner who explains step by step how DG 1 operates. In connection with this, the interns will also learn the dedicated software programmes that examiners use in their daily work.

Module 2 will be available at the EPO's Munich site in the following period:
13 - 31 October 2014

Module 3 - Technical board of appeal

For an internship in Directorate-General 3 (DG 3) the participant must have more advanced patent law qualifications (preferably the EQE or a national patent attorney qualification) and practical experience in dealing with patent matters (filing, opposition, appeals and/or litigation). All participants are assigned to a technical board of appeal in Directorate-General 3 in Munich, where, under the guidance of their supervisor, they have the opportunity to learn about the procedure before the boards of appeal. They may also be able to attend oral proceedings.

There is no fixed schedule for this module, which lasts three weeks. Dates are individually arranged for each participant in agreement with the respective board.

Costs

Participation in all three modules is free of charge. However, interns must provide for their own board and lodging. Applications for financial support from the EPO may be granted in exceptional circumstances.

General conditions for participation

Applicants for the PRAKTIKA INTERN programme must be nationals of an EPC contracting state, and their place of business or residence must also be in such a country.

They must have a good knowledge of at least one of the EPO's three official languages and a basic knowledge of the other two. The number of places on the programme each year is limited, and preference will be given to candidates whose mother tongue is not an EPO official language.

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Closing date: 31 January 2014

European Patent Office
European Patent Academy
80469 Munich, Germany
e-mail: profrep@epo.org

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