Candidate patent attorneys (m/f/x)

We are looking for successful graduates (m/f/x) in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, energy technology and process engineering, physics, chemistry or life sciences, who want to gain excellent prospects for their future career by training to become a German and European Patent Attorney.

In addition to a master’s (university) degree in a natural science or technical subject, the most important requirement to enter such training is one year of practical work – internships in industry and time spent on doctoral research are recognised in that regard. In-depth technical understanding and language skills are indispensable in the everyday professional work of a patent attorney. An excellent command of English is imperative.

Training to become a German patent attorney takes 34 months in total. In the first 26 months, you complete a special distance-learning course in law, parallel to the training you receive in our firm. This is followed by the ‘Amtsjahr’ in Munich, in which you receive further training at the German Patent and Trademark Office (two months) and the Federal Patent Court (six months).

In the course of your training, in further training programs both internal and external, you are optimally prepared for the patent attorney examination, which you take at the end of the ‘Amtsjahr’. Once you have passed the examination and are subsequently admitted to the Patent Attorneys Association, your professional career as a patent attorney can begin.

Most patent attorneys also obtain the important supplementary qualification as a European Patent Attorney by taking a special examination at the European Patent Office, for which we likewise provide you with support.

When you have completed your training, we are very interested in working with you on a long-term basis. We foster young talents in a variety of ways, such as multi-day meetings of all the attorneys, presentations on special topics, workshops, external further training and a structured career development scheme.

ES Academy for Associates

Eisenführ Speiser was one of the first medium-sized IP boutiques to develop a structured training programme for associates in cooperation with the Centre d'Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle (CEIPI) and the Université de Strasbourg.

The ES Academy focuses on the acquisition of economic know-how. Against the background of the firm's specific specialisations, such as FRAND, current developments in the area of digital business models/industry 4.0 and our particular expertise in relation to the needs of small and medium-sized businesses, the understanding of the economic implications of IP is promoted – in line with our firm's aspiration not only to provide excellent legal and technical advice, but also to contribute ideas and entrepreneurial input.

The curriculum combines e-learning courses with classroom courses and offers associates interested in continuing education the opportunity to acquire recognized university diplomas such as "IP-Business Administration" (two years) or "Master of IP Law and Management" (four years).

From filing to infringement and from high-tech to everyday inventions, I work on all facets of patent law as a candidate at Eisenführ Speiser. The combination of technology and law is an exciting challenge.

Lennert Thormählen

Lennert Thormählen, Candidate Patent Attorney

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