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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.


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  • Published notice: Restricted invitation to tender with discretionary award of contract No. 2106 (D – Berlin)

    Framework contract relating to messenger, postal and security services and building maintenance for the European Patent Office in Berlin.

  • Published notice: Open invitation to tender no. 1866 (D - Munich)

    To supply electricity to the EPO's premises in Munich. Electricity to be supplied free transmission point; network use to be agreed separately. Total annual consumption is about 22.5 GWh; 2015 figures for all buildings will be made available to bidders together with the procurement documents. Prices to be based on those on Leipzig EEX exchange. Price risks for period between bid submission and contract award will be absorbed: see Procurement Documents for details.

  • Published notice: Open invitation to tender no. 2007 (D - Munich)

    Fall protection systems are in place on some of the flat roofs of the European Patent Office's PschorrHöfe building at Bayerstrasse 34 (Phase I-VI). These have been found to have technical defects. Consequently, all existing systems are to be replaced and/or systems belonging to the existing facade access system are to be used and in certain instances new systems are to be installed.

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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 EPC. The boards deal with appeals relating to the granting of and opposition to European patents.

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