EPO Social Report 2016 Published

EPO Social Report 2016 Published


The EPO has published its Social Report 2016, which provides a comprehensive overview of staff and working conditions at the Office. The 2016 report shows that the EPO remains an attractive employer: 226 new employees were recruited externally, 35% more than last year. 82% of these recruits were patent examiners, bringing the number of examiners to 4 300, with the staff total remaining at 6 800.
The Office also proved a flexible workplace in 2016: Some 17% more employees – now one fifth of all staff – made use of the possibility to work partly from home, and 14% of all staff opted to work part-time. The average number of sick leave days per staff member decreased further, from ten days in 2015 to nine.


Source: SIPO

People watch

It is lucky for Chen Jun to began his career in the IP industry 14 years ago when the first group of IP managers for businesses appeared on the stage in China and he has been in the industry.

It was this “Whampoa Military Academy” for IP that educated China’s first batch of corporate IP management personnel. Many of these engineers left Foxconn in the years since.