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European Patent Office

Updated: May, 2018

About European Patent Office

The European Patent Office - Europe's second largest international organisation

Are you an engineer or scientist interested in joining an international team of highly qualified staff at the forefront of technology? Do you want to see the latest inventions?

Then this professional opportunity is the right one for you.

The European Patent Organisation, an international organisation with its headquarters in Munich (Germany) and a branch in The Hague (The Netherlands), operates the fastest-growing regional patent system in the world. It currently has 38 Member States.

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’s 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.

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

Our offer

  • 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
  • A competitive salary and an excellent social package


Every year, the EPO offers a limited number of internships in different areas. See our website for more details.

Work sectors

IT and information services, engineering and manufacturing


Berlin, Brussels, Munich, The Hague, Vienna

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