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 45 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.

Interested? Join our patent examiner teams!


We are looking for talented and curious engineers, scientists, and researchers to join our examiner teams and help shape Europe’s wealth and economy by assisting companies and inventors in growing with their innovations. You don’t need to have experience in intellectual property: we invest in your training during the first year while paying a full salary. You will take courses and examine real applications, with a personal mentor by your side.

How does the life of an examiner look like? Henrik will explain.

Which technical fields are open in this round? 

Wondering why you should consider this change and move to Munich or The Hague? Our track record speaks for itself: the EPO is one of the best and most stable employers in Europe!

Here is an overview of our amazing benefits:

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