Pan-European Seal Programme


The European Legal Studies Department of the College of Europe 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. 

This programme is promoted in partnership by two of the world’s largest IP offices, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) (formerly Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM)) in Alicante (Spain) and the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich (Germany) together with strategic University partners. 

Information about this programme can be found on the Pan-European Seal webpage 


The Pan-European Seal is an IP Programme that covers many academic areas. Through its cooperation with strategic University partners, the Pan-European Seal offers an extensive catalogue of IP training materials, providing professional input to academic education and helping improve the professional qualifications of young graduates. Thus, through the Learning Portals of their respective Academies, both the EUIPO and the EPO will make available e-Learning material on IP and IP protection/enforcement produced by the Offices, as well as by other IP organisations. This will be provided, free of charge as a professional complement to partner Universities’ IP training syllabuses (the EPO’s eLearning portal can also contain some content subject to payable fees). 


Through this programme, high-achieving young university graduates or students in the last year of their studies can access paid traineeships of one year 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. 

This scheme provides young university graduates with a unique and firsthand experience of the European Union in general and the Office in particular, whilst enabling them to put into practice the knowledge acquired during their studies, in particular in their specific areas of competence, and helping them understand the objectives and procedures relating to Community trademarks and designs, as well as IP infringement and enforcement matters. 

Successful applicants will be offered a traineeship agreement with EUIPO/EPO for the duration of 12 months starting by mid-September and be provided with a grant. 

All the information are available to the students on the Intranet.