About us

EPO headquarters in Munich (Isar building)

Who we are

As the patent office for Europe, we support innovation, competitiveness and economic growth across Europe.


Patent examiners work at the forefront of technology, dealing on a daily basis with the latest and most challenging technical innovations.


Read our open invitations to tender, see our conditions or access our e-tendering system.

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Annual reports and statistics

The latest facts, figures and highlights from the EPO together with an archive of past reports.

The EPO at a glance

Find some of the key EPO facts and figures in an instant in this short introduction to the Office.

Boards of Appeal

The Boards of Appeal, though integrated in the organisational structure of the EPO, are independent of the Office in their decisions and are bound only by the European Patent Convention. The boards deal with appeals relating to the granting of and opposition to European patents.

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