Pan-European Seal Programme
The Faculty of Law is a member of the Pan-European Seal Traineeship Programme. The Pan-European Seal Professional Traineeship Programme is a comprehensive IP programme which bridges academia and the IP labour market.
It is promoted in partnership by two of the world’s largest IP offices, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO; former OHIM) in Alicante (Spain) and the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich (Germany) together with their strategic University partners.
The Pan-European Seal is an IP Programme that covers many academic areas. Through it, high-achieving young university graduates or students in the last year of their studies can access paid traineeships in EUIPO and the EPO, helping them to get a foot in the door of the competitive world of IP through valuable on-the-job multicultural professional work experience.
Those interested in participating in traineeships under this programme should submit a written application by 28th February 2021 to the Office for International Relations of the Faculty of Law. The applications should include a CV, a proof of proficiency in the EUIPOs or EPOs respective working languages, a letter of motivation marking the preferred institution (at least 4000 char.), a copy of a diploma or a list of passed exams (for students in their last year of studies), a list of successfully completed elective courses related to intellectual property, a registered diploma thesis topic or a submitted SVOČ on the topic related to intellectual property and a certificate proving that the applicant has successfully passed selected EUIPO/EPO online courses.
Candidates for EUIPO must register through the EUIPO Academy Learning Portal, as a member of the Pan-European Seal (by selecting in the registration’s drop-down menu the name of the correspondent University/Programme). Candidates for EUIPO must complete at least one of these courses: “EUTM in a Nutshell” or “RCD in a Nutshell”.
Candidates for EPO must register through the EPO E-Learning Centre of the European Patent Academy. Candidates must complete one of these courses: “Introduction to the European patent system (mandatory for all)”, “Using CPC (mandatory for scientists and engineers only)”, “The EPO as PCT authority (mandatory for lawyers and political sciences)”.
The applications will be evaluated upon following conditions: proven interest in IP law, certificate on selected EUIPO/EPO online courses, language skills (English, German, French, Italian or Spanish on at least B1 level for EUIPO; English, German or French on at least B1 level for EPO). Participation in Erasmus or other similar exchange programmes and further language skills will be considered as an advantage. EUIPO and EPO have reserved the right to revise the results of the selection process. The Faculty of Law will provide the EUIPO and the EPO with the shortlists of candidates and these institutions will select candidates on the basis of those shortlists.
Registration to the online training courses: register by clicking to the upper right corner on the Pan-European Seal Programme websites and select to register as “Members of the Pan-European Seal Programme”. Similarly the registration should be done at websites of EPO.
Successful applicants will be offered a traineeship agreement with EUIPO/EPO for the duration of 12 months starting in September and be provided with a grant of 1000 EUR/month.
More information is available at:
- https://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/en/traineeships for EUIPO
- http://www.epo.org/learning-events/materials/pan-european-seal.html for EPO
Further useful links:
- EUIPO Academy Learning Portal – Learning Catalogue
- Learning Plan for IP University Students (advanced topics)
- Learning Plan for non-IP Students (Introduction to IP knowledge)
Students will be selected based on the criteria below and as follows:
- The study average
- A stay abroad except Slovakia (study or internship)
- A successfully completed selective course related to intellectual property
- A registered diploma thesis topic related to intellectual property
- A submitted SVOČ (competition of university students in scientific activities) on a topic related to intellectual property.
The selection committee determines the ranking of candidates by deducting from the study average a maximum of 0.2 for fulfilling each of Criteria 2 to 4 and a maximum of 0.1 for fulfilling Criterion 5 above.
When selecting candidates for a traineeships at the EPO, the committee deduces max. 0.5 from the study average of students or graduates of science or computer science.
These institutions will decide on the number of selected candidates according to the profiles of candidates and the needs of the institution.