Join Europe’s top engineers and scientists in European Patent Office

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. If you have a diploma of completed university studies at Master’s level in physics, chemistry, engineering or the natural sciences, a good working knowledge of at least two of our 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 and The Hague. We offer a competitive net basic salary (EUR 5 300 -7 500 per month, depending on experience) as well as various benefits and allowances.



The European Patent Office (EPO) is the second- largest European organisation, employing 7 000 staff from over 30 countries. The EPO is the executive arm of the European Patent Organisation. It is headquartered in Munich, but also has a branch in The Hague, offices in Berlin and Vienna, and a liaison office in Brussels.

The EPO strives 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 infor


mation, which it makes available to the public free of charge.
– It also offers a complete range of training on patenting and IP issues.

The EPO’s 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.

As an employer, the EPO provides a distinctly multinational work environment in an intellectually stimulating atmosphere:

– We focus on building long-term relationships with our employees.

– We empower our staff to take responsibility and make the right decisions.


Based on this foundation of mutual trust and respect, we at the EPO are ready to meet the future challenges in European intellectual property.

The EPO is an equal opportunity employer providing our staff with the chance to build long-term stable careers. We offer one of the most comprehensive and family-friendly benefits packages in Europe.

Work of an examiner

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.

Science and law

Their daily work combines scientific expertise with analytical research and an eye for the legal aspects of intellectual property. The main tasks of an examiner are to search and examine patent applications received by the EPO. Patent applications are texts and drawings describing an invention and submitted by individuals or companies seeking legal protection.


– The purpose of the search is to find the most relevant previously published technical disclosures (“prior art”) against which the patentability of the application can be assessed.
– Substantive examination enables the applicant (or authorised representative such as a patent attorney) to be informed of any objections to the grant of a patent, with a view to resolving these through correspondence and, where necessary, oral proceedings.
– Examiners may also be involved in opposition proceedings if the patent is contested.

Required profile:


– Citizenship of one of the member states of the European Patent Organisation.
– Diploma of completed university studies at Master’s level in physics, chemistry, engineering or 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

To find out more about working as a patent examiner, and for details of our benefits package, visit our website at