Pan-European Seal Programme

The purpose of the Pan-European Seal programme is to spot IP talent early in Europe's brightest and highest-achieving graduates. Targeting young, aspiring IP professionals, it offers them year-long paid traineeship posts sponsored by the EPO and the EUIPO.

Candidates must:
  • hold a bachelor's/master's degree (or have completed university studies at an equivalent level) in a technical field, natural sciences or any of the eligible academic areas (i.e. , law, economy, international relations, European affairs, political sciences, communication or marketing)
  • obtained no more than two years prior to the date of application
  • have a very good level of English. Knowledge of French or German is of advantage
  • have completed the required online e-learning course(s) with certificate
  • have customer service, organisational and prioritisation skills, communication skills, capacity to analyse problems and find appropriate solutions, ability to work independently as well as within a team, responsibility, professionalism, flexibility and self-initiative
  • Participation in international programmes such as Erasmus will be considered an advantage.
How to apply

Important: Only candidates who are shortlisted by the University are eligible to apply. Therefore, please follow the two step application procedure described below.

1. First,  please send the following documents in English language to

  • A motivation letter highlighting your interests, experiences and strengths in the field of intellectual properties (one page max.).
  • An up to date curriculum vitae (one page max.)
  • Internal submission deadline is 12.00 a.m., 27th of April 2018 (submit via mail to

2. if you have been shortlisted you can submit your application in a second step directly at EPO. The follwing documents are needed:

  •  a motivation letter. Important: science and engineering need to indicate three to five CPC classes or sub-classes in their field of competence 
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Degree/Master diploma or proof of conclusion, indicating the final grade. This can be replaced by a provisional declaration, until final diploma is issued.
  • Certificate(s) of completion of the e-learning course(s) as required depending on the graduate’s profile (science and engineering or all other academic areas).
  • Deadline for EPO online submission ist 30th of April 2018 (via Website)
Information Event

If you are interested to get more information about the PES Traineeship Programme, please come on Friday, the 13th April 2018 at 10.00 am to the ‘Besprechungsraum projekt.service.büro’ on the ground floor in the ICT-Gebäude/Technologiepark, Technikerstraße 21a Please register in advance per E-Mail:

Find the slides to the presentation here.


The European Patent Office's Online Training offers Open-access modules on ley topics such as

  • Searching for patents
  • Applying for a patent
  • Patent law & practice
  • Intellectual property in business

The EUIPO Academy Learning Portal provides information on

  • Intellectual property
  • General soft skills

The IP Teaching Kit provides a comprehensive overview on Intellectual Property Rights