Pan-European Seal

Professional Traineeship Programme

CIPPM is member of the Pan-European Seal Professional Traineeship Programme.

The Pan-European Seal is promoted in partnership by two of the world’s largest IP offices, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) together with a number of University partners.

Under this Pan-European Seal, students of the LLM Intellectual Property  programme of Bournemouth University may apply for a 12-months paid traineeships at the EUIPO or the EPO. Training will take place at the headquarters of EUIPO (Alicante, Spain) and EPO (Munich, Germany) with a monthly allowance and other benefits.

How to apply

Students enrolled in the LLM Intellectual Property of Bournemouth University can express their interest to the Course director by the end of May of each academic year. Shortlisted candidates (up to five per Office) will be invited to submit their application at either EUIPO or EPO. From 1 to 30 June, shortlisted candidates may submit their application through the e-recruitment tool available:

The Offices will evaluate the shortlist for access to the Pan-European Seal Programme. Successful applicants  will be offered a traineeship agreement with either EUIPO or EPO for a duration of 12 months starting in October each year.

Online training courses

Applicants to the Pan-European Seal are requested to attend an online training course (of about 4 hours) :

  • For EUIPO: register through the EUIPO Academy Learning Portal, as a member of the Pan-European Seal (by selecting “Bournemouth University” in the registration’s drop-down menu). Candidates must complete at least one of these courses: “EUTM in a Nutshell” or “RCD in a Nutshell”.
  • For EPO: 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 since and engineers only); The EPO as PCT authority (mandatory for lawyers and political sciences)