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Patents, paper and microbreaks: a day in the life of an EPO examiner

Emma Barraclough, London

Willem Gijsels is an examiner in the telecommunications cluster at the EPO. He joined the Office in 1996 after five years in industry and works in The Hague. This EPO site is home to about 2,500 EPO staff, roughly half of whom are examiners. He tells Emma Barraclough about a typical working day

The working week I usually get to the office by car as I have to drop off or collect my children from school. Many colleagues cycle and those who live in the centre of The Hague often come by tram,...

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