Intellectual Property

The EPO is one of the largest public service organisations in Europe, employing some 6300 staff of 34 different nationalities. Of them, over 4 000 are highly qualified scientists and engineers working as patent examiners in all fields of technology
The EPO has its headquarters in Munich, a branch in The Hague and offices in Berlin, Vienna and Brussels.
The three official languages of the EPO are English, French and German. Patent applications may be filed in any of them.

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About us

The European Patent Office (EPO) examines European patent applications, enabling inventors, researchers and companies from around the world to obtain protection for their inventions in up to 44 countries through a centralised and uniform procedure that requires just one application.

The European Patent Office (EPO) was set up in 1973. From 16 signatory states of the European Patent Convention in 1973, the Organisation has now grown to 39 member states, including all 27 EU member states plus countries such as Norway, Switzerland and Türkiye.

The EPO is the executive arm of the European Patent Organisation, an international organisation with 39 member states. The EPO’s activities and budget are overseen by the Organisation’s Administrative Council, which consists of representatives of the member states.


As the patent office for Europe, we are proud to deliver high-quality patents and efficient services that foster innovation, competitiveness and economic growth.


We will empower and motivate our staff to set worldwide standards in intellectual property. Our Office will be effective and transparent, respond to the needs of our users and be agile in managing the changing demands and conditions of a dynamic global patent system. Our work will contribute to a safer, smarter and more sustainable world.


All our relationships within our Office and with partners around the world will prosper through trust, fairness, mutual respect, adaptability, collaboration and a commitment to excellence.

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Committed to excellence

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This is why we are partnering with STICKS & STONES

Because at the EPO we believe that we can become the collaborative and engaged organisation we aspire to be, when everyone at the Office can work and live in a state of inclusion and appreciation of our diversity.

Career Possibilites
  • Direct entry
  • Trainee
  • Referendariat
  • Areas cover: Patent Examiner, Corporate Services, Legal/International Affairs, Boards of Appeal

Who we are currently looking for

We are looking for profiles for the role of a patent examiner. The job of a European patent examiner demands a unique combination of scientific expertise, analytical thinking, language skills and an interest in intellectual property law.

Our LGBTIQ+ Measures and Services
  • LGBT+ Diversity Management
  • Protection against LGBT+ discrimination in the Code of Conduct or similar
  • Sanctions in case of discrimination against LGBT+
  • No gender-specific dress codes
  • Gender-inclusive language in official internal communications
  • Use of new first names possible before official change of personal status (for door signs, email addresses, etc.)

  • Creation of a number of staff led groups such as the Rainbow Group or the EPO's Women Network.

The EPO is an equal opportunities employer and supports workforce diversity as a signatory to the Diversity Charter (Charta der Vielfalt) since 2010.

We welcome all applications for vacant positions. We consider each on its professional merits – regardless of your nationality, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, parental responsibilities, age, religion or belief

Our LGBTIQ+ Network

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STICKS & STONES ist ein Projekt der UHLALA Group. Seit 2009 unterstützen wir die LGBTIQ+ Menschen auf ihrem Karriereweg und bringen diese mit Unternehmen und Organisationen zusammen, die sich ihre LGBTIQ+ Diversity einsetzen.

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