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.

The European Patent Office Zürich, Switzerland
20/07/2021
Full time
Chair/members of the Data Protection Board   The European Patent Office (EPO) is the second largest intergovernmental organisation in Europe. With headquarters in Munich, a branch at The Hague, sub-offices in Vienna and Berlin and a small bureau in Brussels, it employs approximately 7 000 staff across all four sites and has a self-financed annual budget of EUR 2bn.    The EPO is seeking to appoint external experts – a chair, two members and two alternate members – for its Data Protection Board.   The EPO's Data Protection Board is an advisory administrative body provided for by Articles 47 and 48 of the EPO's Data Protection Rules (DPR) with an oversight and advisory role and a function within the mechanism for legal redress under Article 50 DPR. It is thus responsible for monitoring compliance with the fundamental rights to privacy and data protection within the processing of personal data by the EPO. In carrying out its duties, it provides independent,...