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With 6,600 staff, the European Patent Office (EPO) is one of the largest public service institutions in Europe. Headquartered in Munich with offices in Berlin, Brussels, The Hague and Vienna, the EPO was founded with the aim of strengthening co-operation on patents in Europe. Through the EPO’s centralised patent granting procedure, inventors are able to obtain high-quality patent protection in up to 44 countries, covering a market of some 700 million people. The EPO is also the world’s leading authority in patent information and patent searching.

As the patent office for Europe, we are proud to deliver high-quality patents and efficient services that foster innovation, competitiveness and economic growth.

We believe that diversity is fundamental to our success. Our inclusive work environment respects, values and celebrates our individual differences. We want you to be yourself at work. Our 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.

Do you have a Master’s degree in engineering or science, a good working knowledge of at least two of our official languages (English, French and German) and some experience in industry? Are you eager to play a role in future developments in innovation?
Then you too could be part of our team of patent examiners in Munich or The Hague. We offer a competitive net basic salary (EUR 5 900 – 8 300 per month, depending on experience) as well as various benefits and allowances.

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  • Number of Employees: 6,600
  • Number of Partners: -
  • Number of Qualified Patent Attorneys: 4,200
  • Number of Trainee Patent Attorneys: -
  • Opportunities Offered: Graduate Jobs
  • Career Sectors: Patents, Trade Marks
  • No. of Graduate Jobs: Varies
  • Disciplines Recruited From: Engineering, Science, Information Technology and Law
  • No. of Days Holiday: 30 days’ Holiday
  • Benefits: Healthcare, Pension Scheme
  • Other Benefits: Competitive Salary, Relocation Benefits
  • UK Office Locations: Munich, The Hague, Berlin, Vienna and Brussels
  • How to Apply: Online
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