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.


Every invention is unique. So is everyone in our team.

Our 6300 employees from 34 countries prove that the best results are achieved together. As the patent office for Europe, we are proud to deliver high-quality patents and efficient services that foster innovation, competitiveness and economic growth.

Solution Architects, Data Scientists, Data Analysts Business Analysts, UX/UI Specialists, IT Domain Architects, IT Project Managers, IT Service Managers, System & Network engineers… You are a IT professional, highly creative and keen to accompany us on our exciting journey to a more digital, collaborative and sustainable organisation! In line with our Strategic Plan, we are fully committed to digital transformation within the EPO, and are also looking for the talents who will contribute to the projects launched in this area.

Why join us?

  • Be part of the EPO`s transformation and enable innovation
  • Work with inspiring people from a variety of cultures
  • Develop yourself and take on an intellectual challenge

What’s in it for you?

  • A competitive salary
  • A flexible working model
  • Family-friendly benefits
  • A good work-life balance
  • Relocation benefits and various allowances
  • Contributory medical insurance and pension schemes
  • 30 days’ leave per year