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Picture yourself handling inventions daily, ahead of the curve.

Interested? Join our patent examiner teams in 2025!
Yes, you read it right: we are already paving your way to the EPO for next year!

We are looking for talented and curious engineers, scientists and researchers to join the examiner teams that shape Europe‘s wealth and economy by helping companies and inventors grow with their innovations. You don‘t need to be experienced in intellectual property: we invest the first year in your training, while paying a full salary. You will be taking courses and examining real applications, having your personal mentor on your side.

How does the life of examiner look like? Henrik will explain.

Which technical fields are open in this round?

 ⦿ Agri-Food: e-Cigarettes
 ⦿ Digital: Computer ¦ Telecom & Wireless ¦ Image & Video
 ⦿ Electronics & Physics: Electronics ¦ Semiconductors
 ⦿ Energy: Electrical Engineering (field Electric Power)
 ⦿ Health: Industrial Biotechnology ¦ Medical Mechatronics & Mechanics
 ⦿ Infrastructure & Mechanics: General Mechanics
 ⦿ Materials & Production: Electrochemistry ¦ Organic Chemistry ¦ Extractive Metallurgy ¦ Laboratory Equipment
 ⦿ Mobility: Automotive Engineering

Wondering why you should consider this change and move to Munich or The Hague? Our track record speaks for itself: the EPO is one of the best and most stable employers in Europe.

Here is an overview of our amazing benefits:

Explore our technical fields:

Agri Food


Electronics & Physics



Infrastructure & Mechanics

Materials & Production

Mobility & Space Technologies

Why the EPO?

Who we are
We are the patent office for Europe. We are proud to deliver high-quality patents and efficient services that foster innovation, competitiveness and economic growth.

Our vision
We will empower and motivate our staff to set worldwide standards in intellectual property. Our Office will be effective and transparent, respond to the needs of our users and be agile in managing the changing demands and conditions of a dynamic global patent system. Our work will contribute to a safer, smarter and more sustainable world. Join us on this exciting journey to a more digital, collaborative and sustainable organisation.

Would like to learn more?

What's in it for you?
✓ A competitive salary
✓ Family-friendly benefits
Generous flexibility options based in Netherlands or Germany
✓ A good work-life balance
✓ Relocation benefits and various allowances
✓ Contributory medical insurance and pension schemes
✓ 30 days' leave per year
✓ Free gym access
✓ Social activities and clubs

Our work environment
We believe that diversity is fundamental to our success. Our inclusive work environment respects, values and celebrates our individual differences. We want you to be yourself at work.

➥ Diversity and Inclusion
➥ Life at EPO