Judgment No. 568
THE COMPLAINT IS DISMISSED.
When the organisation [EPO] was created, it had to recruit a large staff; "when fixing the initial grade, [it had] to take into account experience gained, first in patent offices and, second, in industry generally. [...] The organisation distinguishes between the first and second categories. [...] In the opinion of the Tribunal the distinction is not unreal and the complainant has not shown any breach of [the principle of equality of treatment]."
equal treatment; grade; professional experience; appointment; difference