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Find out more about the European Patent Office.

European Patent Office

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EPO member and extension states


Work as an examiner

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Discover how our patent examiners support inventors and contribute to economic growth.

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Patent examiners work at the forefront of technology and deal every day with the latest and most challenging technical innovations.


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.

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The EPO provides a two-year training programme for newly recruited examiners, combining classroom learning with tutoring by individually assigned coaches.

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Meet some of our examiners and find out what they like about working here.

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More information on each technical field open for applications and access to the online application form.

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