Careers in Intellectual Property International Organisations

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The European Patent Office

The European Patent Office (EPO) carries out searches and substantive examinations on European patent applications filed under the Patent Co-operation Treaty.  The Office supports innovation, competitiveness and economic growth across Europe through a commitment to high quality and efficient services delivered under the European Patent Convention.

The European Patent Office (EPO) is the second-largest European organisation, employing 6,500 staff from over 30 countries.  It is headquartered in Munich, but also has a branch in The Hague, offices in Berlin and Vienna, and a liaison office in Brussels.

Details on current vacancies within the EPO can be found at to external website.

OHIM (The Trademarks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union)

OHIM is the European Union agency responsible for registering trade marks and designs that are valid in all 27 countries of the EU.  Based in Alicante in Spain, OHIM has just over 700 staff.

Details on current vacancies within OHIM can be found at to external website.

WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office)

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system.                                        

WIPO was established by the WIPO Convention in 1967 with a mandate from its Member States to promote the protection of IP throughout the world through cooperation among states and in collaboration with other international organizations. Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.

Details of current vacancies within WIPO can be found at to external website.

WIPO also runs a Summer School on Intellectual Property, whose objective is to provide an opportunity for senior students and young professionals to acquire a working knowledge of intellectual property and to be exposed to the work of the Organization, including its treaty-making, international registration, research and publication activities.