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Come work at the cutting edge of technology: 

Are you thrilled by new technological developments? Do you want to be the first one to work with new innovations? The European Patent Office could be the perfect match for you when it comes to your future career opportunities. 

Become a Patent Examiner

Our engineers and scientists - drawn from over 30 different European countries - work at the cutting edge of technology, examining the latest inventions in every technical field in order to protect and promote innovation in Europe. In 2014 we are recruiting more than 200 engineers and scientists to work as patent examiner. This is your chance to become our new patent examiner!  

Your knowledge and opinion matters:

Today, patent quality is more important than ever. So not every invention can qualify for a European patent. As an EPO patent examiner, you take the decision to qualify an invention for a European patent. You work at the forefront of technology and deal every day with the latest and most challenging technical innovations in every technical field in order to protect and promote innovation in Europe..

How to become a EPO 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. Do you recognize yourself in the minimum requirements below?

  • You are an engineer or scientist interested in joining an international team at the forefront of technology.
  • You are citizen of one of the member states of the European Patent Organisation.
  • You own a full university degree in physics, chemistry, engineering or natural sciences.
The degree should be relevant to the technical field in which you would like to work.
  • Generally, you have an excellent knowledge of one official language (English, French and German) and the ability to understand the other two. 
  • Work experience in industry is not essential, but would be an advantage.
  • You should also have a genuine interest in technology, an eye for detail and an analytical mind. 

Why work with us?

Salary and benefits

The EPO is an equal opportunities employer. We also provide our staff with the chance to build stable long-term careers, and offer one of the most comprehensive and family-friendly benefits packages in Europe. EPO pay comprises a competitive basic salary, which may be supplemented by various allowances depending on the employee's individual circumstances and family situation.

Clubs and communities

Most new staff leaves their home town or country when joining the EPO. Relocating to one of the EPO sites is made easier by frequent social events and a wide variety of clubs and communities.  Each EPO site has its own social committee, which organises social activities and provides information for newbies.


A multinational work environment  

With the headquarter in Munich and branches in The Hague, Berlin, Vienna and a liaison office in Brussels, the EPO employs over 7 000 staff members from more than 30 countries. As an employer, the EPO provides a distinctly multinational work environment in an intellectually stimulating atmosphere

We strive to support innovation and promote a knowledge-based society in Europe:

  • Patent protection enables inventors and companies to be rewarded for their innovation.
  • The EPO has built up the world's largest databases of technical information, which it makes available to the public free of charge.
  • It also offers a complete range of training on patenting and IP issues 

Our mission is to secure the highest quality standards in patenting:

  • The European Patent Convention (EPC) provides the legal backbone for its patenting practice.
  • The EPO offers a uniform application procedure leading to patent protection in up to 40 European countries
  • Processes at the EPO are fair, transparent and closely monitored for quality at all times
Do you combine the ideal mix of scientific expertise, analytical thinking, language skills and an interest in intellectual property law? Become patent examiner at the second-largest organization in Europe!
If you are interested in a job at the EPO find out more by visiting our website: