Opportunities in the European Patent Office


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.

EPO patent examiners are drawn from over 30 different European countries. They work at the cutting edge of technology, analysing the latest inventions in all kinds of technical fields in order to protect and promote innovation in Europe. Their daily work combines scientific expertise with analytical research and an eye for the legal aspects of intellectual property.

In 2016 the European Patent Office plans to recruit more than 200 engineers and scientists to work as patent examiners. Work experience in industry is not essential, but would be advantageous. Based in Munich or the Hague, you must speak 2 of the 3 official languages (English, French, German) and be willing to learn the 3rd –  and be qualified to Masters level. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2016 for Munich and 29 January 2016 for The Hague.

Find out more on the EPO site

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