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Bring innovation to life!


Are you a multilingual, experienced engineer/scientist keen to support inventors?

Are you eager to play a role in future developments in innovation?

At the EPO, you can do all of that – and more!


Curious about future innovation?

Imagine exploring every day, before almost anyone else, breakthrough developments.

As a patent examiner, you have the chance to support the inventors who will shape our world, and the lives of millions of people, for years to come. 
 

Join us now as a patent examiner in various fields!

Curious about future innovation?

Imagine exploring every day, before almost anyone else, breakthrough developments.

As a patent examiner, you have the chance to support the inventors who will shape our world, and the lives of millions of people, for years to come. 
 

Join us now as a patent examiner in various fields!

We are currently seeking scientists and engineers who share our passion for innovation and wish to work at the cutting edge of technology, analysing the latest inventions in:

 ⦿ Agri-FoodAgriculture ¦ E-cigarettes (Tobacco)

 ⦿ Digital:  AI ¦ Computer ¦ Telecom and wireless technologies ¦ Video

 ⦿ Electronics & PhysicsApplied Physics ¦ Electronics

 ⦿ Energy: Energy

 ⦿ HealthLife Science ¦ Medical Technology 

 ⦿ Infrastructure & Mechanics: General Mechanics

 ⦿ Materials & Production: Chemical Engineering ¦ Materials Science ¦ General or Polymer chemistry ¦ Mechanical Engineering 

 ⦿ Mobility: Automotive & Vehicle Engineering

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Let's "Talk innovation" - the EPO podcast

  • “Talk innovation” is brought to you by the European Patent Office (EPO). Expert presenters and guests – including our patent examiners - provide their perspective on technology trends and highlight ground-breaking inventions. Join us to learn more on the role of patents and the intellectual property (IP) system in supporting society and the economy.

    Opinions expressed by podcast participants are their own and may not reflect the views of the EPO.
     

    Listen to Robert & Wendelin 

  • “Talk innovation” is brought to you by the European Patent Office (EPO). Expert presenters and guests – including our patent examiners - provide their perspective on technology trends and highlight ground-breaking inventions. Join us to learn more on the role of patents and the intellectual property (IP) system in supporting society and the economy.

    Opinions expressed by podcast participants are their own and may not reflect the views of the EPO.
     

    Listen to Cécile 

  • “Talk innovation” is brought to you by the European Patent Office (EPO). Expert presenters and guests – including our patent examiners - provide their perspective on technology trends and highlight ground-breaking inventions. Join us to learn more on the role of patents and the intellectual property (IP) system in supporting society and the economy.

    Opinions expressed by podcast participants are their own and may not reflect the views of the EPO.
     

    Listen to Elsie & Fredrik 

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The work of a patent examiner

Why the EPO?

Social responsibility


  • Flexible working model at
    one of our attractive locations


    The EPO's new ways of working (NWoW) framework guarantees all our employees and trainees the flexibility to choose their preferred work location. When you join us, you can choose to work from your home in your country of employment, abroad or at one of our attractive locations – or a mix of all three! 

    Interested to hear more about how flexibility options can improve your work-life balance?