The European Patent Office (EPO) and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) start a higher education partnership with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) to offer IP work experience to talented university graduates as part of the Pan-European Seal Professional Traineeship Programme. With the agreement TUM graduates will be able to take part in a one-year professional and traineeships at the EPO, already starting this year. With around 600 professors, 45,000 students and 11,000 academic and non-academic staff the TUM is one of Europe's top research universities. 
EPO President António Campinos said: 
“The EPO is honoured to have this opportunity to support young people in Munich. In these challenging times, and in light of the crucial role played by IP in Europe’s economy, it is more important than ever to create prospects for local graduates and invest in the IP minds of tomorrow so that they can act as ambassadors for IP and the benefits it brings. As a public institution with long-standing ties to Munich, this agreement will enable the EPO to work with the TUM and utilise its resources to generate benefits for local citizens and society as a whole”.

TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann said: “We firmly believe that close cooperation among the stakeholders in the IP community will lead to mutual benefits and ultimately to the benefit of society through the commercialization of technologies, which in turn leads to the development of innovative products and solutions to technical problems, generates revenue, and creates jobs. Supported by its entrepreneurial mind-set, TUM has substantially increased the numbers of applications for European patents in recent years.”