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Working at the EPO

The European Patent Office (EPO) is the second-largest European public sector organisation, employing 7000 staff from over 30 countries.

Working at the EPO

The European Patent Office (EPO) is the second-largest European public sector organisation, employing 7000 staff from over 30 countries.

It provides a distinctly multinational work environment in an intellectually stimulating atmosphere:

What an examiner does

Today, patent quality is more important than ever. So not every invention can qualify for a European patent. And the people who take that decision are the EPO's patent examiners.

Patent examiners work at the forefront of technology and deal every day with the latest and most challenging technical innovations.

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

Our offices are in attractive locations:

  • Munich - the Bavarian capital known for its family-friendly atmosphere and unique blend of modern metropolitan influences and time-honoured traditions.
  • The Hague - relaxed small-town charms make it a good choice for families. Amsterdam is only 60km away and attractive beaches minutes away.
  • Vienna - a melting pot of cultures due to its location between western Europe and the Balkans.
  • Berlin - The German capital, a vibrant city of 5 million inhabitants from all over the world.

Who we are looking for

Meet an examiner

Meet Nuki West

Meet more of our examiners

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.

If you have citizenship of one of the EPO's 38 member states, a degree in physics, chemistry, engineering or the natural sciences, a good working knowledge of at least two of the official languages (English, French and German) and the willingness to learn the third, you too could be part of our team of patent examiners in Munich, The Hague or Berlin.