European and international co-operation

Delegates (JPG)

In our knowledge-based society, patents are vital to innovation and competitiveness, and patent offices have to ensure that the patent system can rise to the challenges presented by ever-increasing globalisation. This means finding a balance between the needs of right-holders and third parties, as well as between the quality of granted patents and the costs and efficiency of the patent procedure.

As a global player, we are conscious of our responsibilities in developing long-term solutions to these problems, and we are aware that patent offices cannot cope with these challenges on their own.

This is why we promote and develop co-operation activities

News

21.3.2017
Bilateral co-operation plans signed with Latvia and Lithuania
8.3.2017
EPO President meets with Jo Johnson, the new UK intellectual property minister
8.2.2017
EPO launches Patent Prosecution Highway pilot with Russian patent office

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