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Our services

The Office's core activity is the search and examination of patent applications and the grant of European patents. We also provide patent information and training services.

Quality management

The EPO’s quality management is certified under the ISO 9001 standard.

Consulting our users

The feedback of our users is very important to us. User consultation takes many different forms.

European and international co-operation

The Office works in close co-operation with the patent offices of the member states and other countries around the world.

European Patent Academy

The European Patent Academy provides patent-related training to lawyers, patent office staff, judges and other interested parties.

Chief Economist

The Chief Economist unit provides expertise and analysis to foster well-informed policy debate on issues relating to patents, innovation and economic growth.