The purpose of the contract is the sale, installation and maintenance of Firewall equipment by the Contractor
The European Patent Organisation (EPO) through the European Patent Office: Headquarters, Erhardtstrasse 27, D-80469 Munich
The European Patent Organisation is an intergovernmental organisation set up pursuant to the European Patent Convention which entered into force in 1977. At present it has 38 Member States (Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom). The executive body of the EPO is the European Patent Office which is charged with the searching and examination of European patent applications and the granting of European patents. It employs approximately 6700 staff at EPO headquarters in Munich, a branch at The Hague/Rijswijk (NL) and sub-offices in Berlin and Vienna (the number of Member States and staff members indicated may change).
International open invitation to tender with discretionary award of contract.
The purpose of the contract is the sale, installation and maintenance of Firewall equipment by the Contractor.
Purchase: at receipt of the invoice, in arrears within 30 days of acceptance of the delivered equipment.
Maintenance: payments will be made yearly in advance.
Hardware, software and maintenance services will be provided at EPO location in Rijswijk, The Netherlands. Installation services will be provided at EPO locations in Rijswijk, The Netherlands, in Munich, Germany and in Vienna, Austria.
Duration of the contract is three years with two possible extensions of one year each, at the EPO's discretion. All hardware, software and installation services are to be delivered ready for operations by 30th June 2012.
Proposals for variants, the effect of which would be to reduce significantly the rights and safeguards of the EPO, are not allowed.
European Patent Office
Central Procurement 4.8 (2012/0063/Tp),
2288 EE Rijswijk,
Procurement Documents will be forwarded upon written or E-Mail request.
13 March 2012, 12.00 hrs (CET)
20 March 2012, 12.00 hrs (CET)
Questions must be submitted by letter or E-Mail.
3 April 2012, 12.00 hrs (CET)
Bids must be submitted in original.
As in point 6(a).
Please submit bids by post only and not by fax or E-Mail. Bids submitted by fax or E-Mail will be excluded.
The Procurement Documents will be available in English only.
If several bidders submit a joint bid, one must be designated as prime contractor responsible for performance of all the obligations under the contract.
Customer and bank references.
Six months following the final date for receipt of bids indicated in point 6(d).
The EPO is free to choose the bid it considers the most advantageous, by taking in account:
Contract award is expected to take place in the 2nd quarter of 2012.
Following a thorough investigation on the EPO's firewall environment it has been decided to only consider Contractors supplying equipment and services from Checkpoint Software Technologies or Palo Alto Networks and holding either a Gold or Platinum partnership status with one of these manufacturers for this Contract.