European Patent Office

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The EPO provides a central one-stop service to both individual inventors and companies in Europe. It enables them to obtain patent protection in up to 36 European states through a uniform procedure requiring just one application. Over the past 30 years, the EPO has received approximately 2.5 million patent applications and granted more than 800 000 European patents. The EPO is today the second largest European organisation, employing more than 6 000 staff of 30 different nationalities at five sites in four countries.

The European Patent Office in The Hague
The European Patent Office (EPO) in Rijswijk near The Hague counts about 2 600 staff, and is one of the region's most important employers. The site has grown considerably over the past few years: the branch at The Hague originally performed only search and documentation tasks. It now deals with all steps in the European patent-granting procedure.
Highly qualified engineers and scientists examine the patentability of inventions in all technological fields. At present, the majority of applications are filed for patents in the fields of medicine, communications and electronics.

Number of staff
Approximately 2600

Vacancies
Job openings

Who's who?
Benoît Battistelli - President
Thomas Hammer - Vice President and Site Manager The Hague
Peter Vermeij, Vice-President Directorate-General Operational Support
Peter Messerli - Directorate-General Appeals
Brian McGinley - Directorate-General Administration
Wim van der Eijk - Directorate-General Legal / International Affairs

Contact information
Postal Address
Postbus 5818
2280 HV Rijswijk

Visiting Address
Patentlaan 2
2288 EE Rijswijk

Tel.: +31-(0)-70-3402040
Fax: +31-(0)-70-3403016

Website: European Patent Office

Languages
German, English and French