About us

As the patent office for Europe, we support innovation, competitiveness and economic growth across Europe through our commitment to high quality and efficient services delivered under the European Patent Convention.


Patent examiners work at the forefront of technology, dealing on a daily basis with the latest and most challenging technical innovations.


Published notice: International open invitation to tender no. 1946 (NL - The Hague)

Provision by the Contractor to the EPO of scalable, state of the art infrastructure as a service

Published notice: International open invitation to tender no. 1891 (D - Munich & NL - The Hague)

Provision of in-house Infrastructure Service Desk services which include telephone switchboard, Facility Management Service Desk services, administrative support services and hosting services at the European Patent Office in Munich, Germany (site Munich) and in Rijswijk (Z.H.), the Netherlands (site The Hague)

Boards of appeal

Although part of the EPO, the boards of appeal are independent from the Office in their decisions and are bound only by the European Patent Convention. The boards deal with appeals relating to the granting of and opposition to European patents.

Annual reports and statistics

Read the latest facts, figures and statistics on European patents.

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