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: Open invitation to tender no. 1869 (NL - The Hague)

The provision of on-demand human translation service for patent documents and other scientific literature from Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian and Spanish into English

Published notice: Open invitation to tender no. 1838 (D - Munich)

Outsourcing of Events Logistics

Published notice: Open invitation to tender no. 1820 (NL - The Hague)

The provision of software, consisting of a platform for annotating confidential and non-confidential patent documents, including the deployment, customisation, maintenance and the configuration of the licenced software. Provision of software for specific annotation purposes.

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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