As the patent office for Europe, we support innovation, competitiveness and economic
growth across Europe through our commitment to high quality and efficient services
delivered under the European Patent Convention.
Pre-classification: provide a remotely hosted web service for automatic pre-classification of patent applications. Re-classification: provide an interface to a remotely hosted web service for automatic re-classification of published patent documents.
Although part of the EPO, the boards of appeal are independent from the Office in their decisions and are bound only by the European Patent Convention. The boards deal with appeals relating to the granting of and opposition to European patents.