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European Patent Office

European Patent Examiner (10423)


Job group: 4

Grade: G7-10 (net (basic) monthly salary* for this vacancy: EUR 5 650 to 8 050, depending on experience)

Duration of appointment: five years

Career path: Technical 

Location: The Hague/Munich 

Application deadline: Ongoing

 

 

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!

 

Supporting innovation, competitiveness and economic growth: that's our mission at the EPO

As the patent office for Europe, we are proud to deliver high-quality patents and efficient services that promote a safer, smarter and more sustainable world.
 

We foster diversity and inclusion
Almost 7 000 employees from 35 countries are living proof that a successful organisation is one that leverages the diversity of its workforce.

 

Your daily job as a patent examiner
Your work will entail carrying out end-to-end patent examination from the search to the post-grant stage. At the same time, you will create and maintain classification systems to ensure efficient and effective searching, whilst ensuring the uniform and effective application of the European Patent Convention and other legal texts.

 

Our patent examiners work in a wide range of technical fields, including:

  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Technical Chemistry
  • Medical Technology
  • Handling and Processing
  • Measuring and Optics
  • Vehicles and General Technology
  • Consumer Technology
  • Civil Engineering and Thermodynamics
  • Physics and Semiconductor Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Technology
  • Audio Video Media and Signal Processing
  • Information and Communications Technology

 

 

What we expect from you: scientific expertise, analytical thinking, language skills

You know how to analyse technical and subject-specific information and how to retrieve technical information from databases and other sources. As a result, you can make decisions following the assessment of complex technical information, the application of legal requirements and the examination of parties' arguments. You are able to write clear and well-reasoned communications and feel comfortable interacting with colleagues and applicants to process patent applications efficiently.

 

Interested? See our minimum requirements

  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant technical field.
  • Excellent knowledge (at least C1) of one official language (English, French and German) and working knowledge (at least B2) of the other two. In exceptional cases, excellent knowledge (at least C1) of one official language and working knowledge (at least B2) of another. In such cases, the willingness to learn the third language and to reach level B2 would be required.
  • Work experience in industry would be an advantage.
  • Citizenship of one of the member states of the European Patent Organisation.


An above-market social package? That's what we offer at the EPO

  • A competitive salary
  • Family-friendly benefits
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Relocation benefits and various allowances (e.g. household, dependants', childcare, education, expatriation, installation, rent allowance)
  • Contributory medical-insurance and pension schemes
  • Thirty days of leave per year
  • Social activities and clubs

 

Full list of benefits

 

 

Interested in a career working with the latest inventions? Simply click Apply.

 

For more information about these opportunities and the application process, please contact us by email at jobinfo@epo.org. 

 

 

Time frame and procedure
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.

 

 

* after deduction of EPO internal tax and before deduction of staff contributions to the social-security and pension schemes.

 
To foster gender diversity, EPO encourages applications from women. 

The EPO is an equal opportunities employer and supports workforce diversity as a signatory to the Diversity Charter (Charta der Vielfalt) since 2010.
All applications for vacant positions will be welcomed and considered on the professional merits of the applicant against the role profile for the position regardless of nationality, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, parental responsibilities, age, religion or belief.

About the EPO

The European Patent Office

With almost 7 000 employees, the European Patent Office (EPO) is one of the largest public service institutions in Europe. Its headquarters are in Munich and it also has offices in Berlin, Brussels, The Hague and Vienna. The EPO was founded with the aim of strengthening co-operation on patents in Europe. Through the EPO's centralised patent granting procedure, inventors are able to obtain high-quality patent protection in up to 44 countries, covering a market of some 700 million people. The EPO is also the world's leading authority in patent information and patent searching.

In 2018, the EPO received over 174 000 patent applications and granted over 127 000 patents. Its free online patent database, Espacenet, contains more than 100 million technical documents from 100 countries, and its free neural machine translation service, Patent Translate, provides instant, high-quality translation in 32 languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian.

Our patent examiners are drawn from over 30 different European countries. They work at the cutting edge of technology, analysing the latest inventions in all kinds of technical fields in order to protect and promote innovation in Europe. Their daily work combines 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
  • depending on their personal circumstances, EPO staff may be entitled to relocation benefits and various allowances (e.g. household, dependants', childcare, education, expatriation, installation, rent and language allowance)
     

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