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Become a patent examiner

We are building up a network of potential patent examiners in anticipation of future recruitment opportunities in The Hague and Munich.

As a patent examiner, you will play a crucial role in helping inventors and innovative businesses protect their innovations in the contracting states to the European Patent Convention – and around the world.

Working in one of three sectors – Information and Communications Technology, Mobility and Mechatronics and Healthcare, Biotechnology and Chemistry – your day-to-day activities will combine scientific expertise with analytical research and an eye for the legal aspects of intellectual property.

What we offer

  • The opportunity to acquaint yourself with the latest inventions and to enable innovation
  • Intellectual challenges and empowerment through professional development
  • The chance to work with inspiring people from various different cultures
  • An excellent social package
  • Contributory medical-insurance and pension schemes
  • Relocation benefits and various allowances (e.g. household, dependants', childcare, education, expatriation, installation and rent allowance), depending on your personal circumstances


If you think you might be interested in working for us in the future, please fill out our application form so that we can consider your profile for our next recruitment round.

We will then contact you with more information if your application is preselected for the next stage.

Patent examiners work at the forefront of technology and deal every day with the latest and most challenging technical innovations.

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The job of a European patent examiner demands a unique combination of scientific expertise, analytical thinking, language skills and an interest in intellectual property law.

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The EPO provides a two-year training programme for newly recruited examiners, combining classroom learning with tutoring by individually assigned coaches.

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