About the EPO
The European Patent
Office (EPO) is the second-largest European organisation, employing 7 000 staff
from over 30 countries.
The EPO is the executive
arm of the European Patent Organisation. It is headquartered in Munich,
but also has a branch in The Hague, offices in Berlin and Vienna, and a
liaison office in Brussels.
The EPO strives to support innovation and
promote a knowledge-based society in Europe:
- Patent protection enables
inventors and companies to be rewarded for their innovation.
- The EPO has built up
the world's largest databases of technical information, which it makes
available to the public free of charge.
- It also offers a
complete range of training on patenting and IP issues
The EPO's mission is to secure the highest
quality standards in patenting:
- The European Patent
Convention (EPC) provides the legal backbone for its patenting practice.
- The EPO offers a
uniform application procedure leading to patent protection in up to 40 European
- Processes at the EPO
are fair, transparent and closely monitored for quality at all times.
As an employer, the EPO provides a distinctly
multinational work environment in an intellectually stimulating atmosphere:
- We focus on
building long-term relationships with our employees.
- We empower our staff
to take responsibility and make the right decisions.
Based on this
foundation of mutual trust and respect, we at the EPO are ready to meet the
future challenges in European intellectual property.