EPO products and services are still in high demand. Europe is still a valuable market for technology, but the patent system must support global competitiveness, and our users come from all around the world. The agreement on the unitary patent for Europe is just one of several major steps forward in 2012.
Last year saw significant progress on a range of issues, not least the Unitary Patent for Europe, expansion of our patent databases, introduction of machine translation and the creation of an improved patent classification scheme. But first: I should speak about "the numbers".
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