With almost 7 000 employees, the European Patent Office (EPO) is one of the largest public service institutions in Europe. Its headquarters are in Munich and it also has offices in Berlin, The Hague, Vienna and Brussels. The EPO was founded with the aim of strengthening co-operation on patents in Europe. Through the EPO’s centralised patent granting procedure, inventors are able to obtain high-quality patent protection in up to 44 countries, covering a market of some 700 million people.
The EPO is also the world’s leading authority in patent information and patent searching. The EPO received over 165 000 patent applications and granted over
105,000 patents in 2017. Its free online patent database, Espacenet, contains more than 100 million technical documents from 100 countries, and its free neural
machine translation service, Patent Translate, provides instant, high-quality translation in 32 languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian.
Our patent examiners are drawn from over 30 different European countries. They work at the cutting edge of technology, analysing the latest inventions in all kinds of technical fields in order to protect and promote innovation in Europe. Their daily work combines scientific expertise with analytical research and an eye for the legal aspects of intellectual property.
Do you have a Master’s degree in engineering or science, a good working knowledge of at least two of our official languages (English, French and German) and some experience in industry? Then you too could be part of our team of patent examiners in Munich or The Hague. We offer a competitive net basic salary (EUR 5 500 – 7 800 per month, depending on experience) as well as various benefits and allowances.
The EPO provides a two-year training programme for newly recruited examiners, combining classroom learning with tutoring by individually assigned coaches.
In addition to examiner positions, the European Patent Office offers further job opportunities, for example in patent law.