Trainee patent attorney - Mechanical engineering

Advisor to innovation in the Netherlands

Are you rounding off your university degree, or did you graduate within the past two or three years? And are you looking for an interesting job that will allow you to combine your technical insight with your broad and varied skillset? Then our vacancy for Trainee Patent Attorney (location Amsterdam) is definitely something for you.

About EP&C

With seventy employees and four branches in the Netherlands and Belgium, EP&C is a leading and modern firm with a rich history. We help innovative companies on issues relating to Intellectual Property, and it goes without saying that quality, meticulousness, speed and integrity are key characteristics of this process.

As a Patent Attorney at EP&C you will be given the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes at a wide range of innovative companies: SMEs and multinationals. You will have the opportunity to speak to the inventors and management, whilst they look to you as an advisor who understands their technology and their economic interests. You are inquisitive and have an eye for detail. You listen attentively, ask critical questions and have an air of reliability and trustworthiness. You have the ability to identify quickly with all kinds of technological developments and are able to describe an invention effectively with your excellent command of the Dutch and English languages. When it comes to the defending and protecting of intellectual property rights, you are analytical, quick to get to the core of the matter, and effective at providing strategic advice. In some cases, this may include instituting legal proceedings.

In our profession it is a matter of being able to zoom in on the smallest of technical details before subsequently zooming out to understand the bigger picture. This is an essential skill when accurately drafting patent applications or giving sound legal advice. This calls for people who are creative and flexible.

Could this be what you’re looking for?

With a view to adding to its broad base of experienced patent attorneys, and in order to be able to continue meeting the demand from innovative companies internationally, EP&C is looking for applicants to train as new Electrical Engineering Patent Attorneys. When it comes to the world of patents, the field of electrical engineering is a broad one, and includes electrical engineering as well as information technology and engineering physics. As a suitable candidate you will have graduated, or be about to graduate, in one of these areas.

What we offer

As a patent attorney at EP&C you will have a great deal of responsibility, but will always have others to fall back on. We work in teams to ensure that all aspects of our clients’ cases receive the right amount of attention. You will be required to combine your knowledge of technology with your in-depth knowledge of patent law and your affinity to business and commerce.

EP&C offers a professional and open working environment where there is plenty of room for personal development and initiative. We offer Trainee Patent Attorneys top-quality training with wonderful career prospects and an excellent salary. The training course demands a great deal of effort over a number of years in combination with practical coaching from experienced colleagues. At EP&C we feel strongly about a proper balance between your working and personal lives.

More information

If this you are interested in this position or have any questions about the job, please contact Partner and Patent Attorney Johan Volmer on +31 (0)70 414 54 49. You can send your letter of application to the attention of Ellen Offenberg, at Please note that the application procedure includes an assessment.