Foundations of quality

Our commitment to quality is based on the solid legal framework of the EPC – and the expertise of our staff.

A solid basis for delivering quality 

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European Patent Convention

The European Patent Convention is the backbone of the European Patent system, celebrating 50 years since its implementation.

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EPO guidelines for examination are revised annually with input from our users.

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Our staff

Well trained and dedicated staff are experts in their field.

Enabling quality

Enabling our staff to provide the highest standards of quality.

High quality products & services

We strive to provide the legal certainty our users need by delivering search, examination and opposition products of high substantive quality in a consistent manner.

Quality through networking

Quality is a joint responsibility between the EPO and its users. By telling us where improvements can be made, the EPO can, and does, act to ensure even higher quality products.