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Job openings for patent examiners

Vacancies for engineers and scientists

Are you an engineer or scientist interested in joining an international team at the forefront of technology?

If so, apply now for our Spring Selection Events for European patent examiners in Munich and The Hague.

The events will take place in

  • Munich from 2 to 6 March 2015 and
  • The Hague from 23 to 27 March 2015.

Please see below for the technical areas in which we currently have vacancies.

There are a number of steps involved in the selection process to participate in our selection event:

  • Step 1: Application
    Fill out the online application form. Receipt of your application will be confirmed by email.
  • Step 2: Skype interview
    If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to participate in a Skype interview which will cover a number of areas as well as testing your language skills.
  • Step 3: Selection Event
    Upon successful completion of the Skype interview, you will be invited to The Hague (if you applied for a position in The Hague) or Munich (if you applied for a position in Munich) to participate in our selection event, lasting 1 - 2 days. You will also be asked to complete an online personality questionnaire and online ability tests (numerical and verbal reasoning) before attending the event.

The selection event will comprise one or more face-to-face interviews, which will evaluate your language skills and professional skills. It is also an opportunity for candidates to find out more about the European Patent Office via presentations and meeting current EPO staff. Candidates can discover more about the job of European patent examiner, a role which demands a unique combination of scientific expertise, analytical thinking, language skills and an interest in intellectual property law.

Please note that there are only a limited number of places available for these events. Suitable candidates who are not selected for this Spring Event may be considered for a subsequent Event. Furthermore, due to the high needs in the areas of Computers and Telecommunications, suitable candidates may be invited for interviews at the EPO before the Selection Events.

The deadline for applications to attend the events is  

  • 2 February 2015 for Munich and
  • 16 February 2015 for 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.

“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

Technical fields

We currently have job opportunities in various technical fields and EPO locations. Just click on the links below for more detailed information about vacancies in each technical field.

Important: Each EPO location advertises its own vacancies; incoming job applications are also processed locally.

Salary and benefits

The EPO offers a competitive salary (4 400 - 6 500 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.


If you are interested in joining the EPO, you might want to:

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