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European Patent Office

Updated
Updated: July, 2016

About European Patent Office

The European Patent Organisation, an international organisation with its headquarters in Munich (Germany), a branch in The Hague (The Netherlands), a sub-office in Berlin (Germany) and a liaison office in Brussels (Belgium), operates the fastest-growing regional patent system in the world. It currently has 38 Member States and is set to expand further soon. The department responsible for patent information and publications is located in Vienna (Austria).

Its executive body, the European Patent Office, strives to stand out as a model international public service organisation. Its mission is to support innovation, competitiveness and economic growth for the benefit of European citizens. The EPO has an international staff recruited from its Member States. Out of the current total of some 7,000 well over half are academically qualified scientists and engineers.

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.

Their daily work combines scientific expertise with analytical research and an eye for the legal aspects of intellectual property.

Opportunities for Engineers and Scientists”

In 2017 the European Patent Office plans to recruit more than 200 engineers and scientists to work as patent examiners.

What we offer you

  • Varied and interesting work requiring scientific expertise, analytical thinking and an interest in technology and intellectual property law, in a modern and truly international environment
  • A continuous training programme to develop your knowledge of the EPO's search tools, your technical knowledge and your legal expertise in intellectual property.

Starter Functions (Internships)
Every year, the EPO offers a limited number of three to six-month internships to engineering and science students who hold the minimum requirement of a technical bachelor’s (or equivalent level) degree.

Work sectors

IT and information services, engineering and manufacturing

Location

Brussels, Munich, The Hague, Vienna

Contact details

Address
Bob-van-Benthem-Platz 1
80469
Munich