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As the patent office for Europe, we support innovation, competitiveness and economic
growth across Europe through our commitment to high quality and efficient services
delivered under the European Patent Convention.


Patent examiners work at the forefront of technology, dealing on a daily basis with the latest and most challenging technical innovations. Jobs for examiners Meet our people Why work at the EPO?

Boards of appeal

Although part of the EPO, the boards of appeal are independent from the Office in their decisions and are bound only by the European Patent Convention. The boards deal with appeals relating to the granting of and opposition to European patents.


Read the latest facts, figures and statistics on European patents.

Annual Report 2009
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