Services & activities

Our services

The Office's core activity is the search and examination of patent applications and the grant of European patents. We also provide patent information and training services.

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Quality management

The EPO’s quality management is certified under the ISO 9001 standard.

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Consulting our users

The feedback of our users is very important to us. User consultation takes many different forms.

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European and international co-operation

The Office works in close co-operation with the patent offices of the member states and other countries around the world.

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European Patent Academy

The European Patent Academy provides patent-related training to lawyers, patent office staff, judges and other interested parties.

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Chief Economist

The Chief Economist unit provides expertise and analysis to foster well-informed policy debate on issues relating to patents, innovation and economic growth.

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Ombuds Office

The Ombuds Office supports stakeholders who experience difficulties in their dealings with the EPO and who have exhausted the existing channels for resolving these difficulties.

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Postal addresses and directions to our offices, including maps and public transport routes.

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See also

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