A look back at the history of the European Patent Convention, the Organisation and the Office over the past 40 years.

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Hall of fame

Currently showing at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, the Hall of fame exhibition features some outstanding inventors who have been finalists for the European Inventor Award.

Anniversary event

Munich hosted a day of celebrations on 17 October 2013 marking the climax of the year's festivities. Highlights included a symposium featuring a keynote speech by Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council.

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Video: looking back at patent history

We are grateful for the permission to reproduce images in this film which have kindly been provided to us by gmp Architekten: Gerkan, Marg & Partner, the European Commission Ingrid Voth-Amslinger, and Jörg Koopmann. Map reproduction courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library.

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