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Job openings for patent examiners

Application for our Autumn Selection Events for patent examiners in Munich and The Hague has now been closed.

Our next Selection Events will be organised in Spring 2015.

The application procedure for these Selection Events will open in January 2015.  In the meantime you may want to have a look at our requirements, what we offer and the application procedure.

“I didn’t want to be in a laboratory any more. The EPO offers something new and exciting.”

Cécile Denis, examiner for polymers, The Hague

Who can apply?

Engineers and scientists with sufficient language skills. Please see our required profile section for details.

The job involves searching in online databases, analysing documents, communicating orally and in writing with patent applicants and their attorneys, and then taking decisions on the grant of patents valid in up to 40 European countries.

Please see our role of an examiner section for details.

Salary and benefits

The EPO offers a competitive salary (4200-8000 EUR/month net - depending on experience). Staff members of the EPO are further provided with various benefits and allowances as part of the conditions of service, such as family allowances, support for education, private medical insurance, pension scheme, relocation benefits.


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