The EPO has undertaken a radical business process reengineering effort with a view to identifying how the work of the Office can be made more efficient and how investments in IT can be used to ensure that:
- - Developments offer real efficiency gains for applicants in their dealings with the EPO.
- - The Office is fit for the future and adaptable to any changes that might occur.
- - Developments are designed to be interoperable, so they can be made available to the member states at a later date.
Our ultimate aim is to achieve the full electronic processing of European patent applications, from filing through to opposition and appeal.
See legal basis for the IT Roadmap