EPO reports growing demand; Europe's attractiveness as leading tech market confirmed

The EPO received nearly 166 000 European patent applications in 2017, an increase of +3.9% and an all-time high.

36th Trilateral heads of office meeting in Japan

EPO President Benoît Battistelli, the Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) Naoko Munakata, and the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Andrei Iancu, held their annual Trilateral heads of office meeting last week in Hakone, Japan, hosted by the JPO.

Patent research grants – call for proposals 2018

Under the programme, grants of up to EUR 100 000 are awarded in respect of selected proposals on patent-related matters.

Your feedback matters to us: new round of user satisfaction surveys planned

The EPO is launching a new round of user satisfaction surveys in 2018 to measure customer satisfaction with our search, examination and opposition services as well as formalities.

Validation agreement with Cambodia enters into force

European patents granted by the EPO and validated in Cambodia will have the same legal effects as a corresponding Cambodian patent and will be subject to Cambodian patent law.

Engaging with users on patent quality

Second meeting of SACEPO Working Party on Quality took place in The Hague

EPO and Argentina step up co-operation on patents

The EPO signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Institute of Industrial Property of Argentina (INPI) on the introduction of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) by INPI.

EPO and CIPA: no impact of Brexit on UK membership of EPO

High-level representatives and experts of the EPO, led by President Benoît Battistelli, met yesterday in Munich with a delegation of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) headed by its President, Stephen Jones.

Reinforcing ties between the EPO and Japanese applicants

Organised jointly with JETRO Düsseldorf (German branch of the Japan External Trade Organization), the seventh annual meeting between representatives of Japanese industry in Europe, JETRO and the EPO took place in Munich on 17 January 2018.

Re-organisation set to improve quality and efficiency in EPO’s patent granting process

The EPO has completed an internal re-organisation which will enhance the efficiency of its patenting process. The move is also expected to foster the timeliness of the patent granting procedure for users and contribute to higher quality patents and services.

EPO extends fast-track pilot programmes with four countries

With effect from 6 January 2018, the EPO will be extending its PPH pilot programmes with four partners around the globe, namely Canada, Israel, Mexico and Singapore, thus enabling innovators from Europe and these countries to continue obtaining patents more quickly and efficiently.

Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO rules on disclaimers

On 18 December 2017, the Enlarged Board of Appeal issued a decision on the referral G 1/16.

154th meeting of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation (Munich, 13 and 14 December 2017)

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation held its 154th meeting in Munich on 13 and 14 December 2017 under the chairmanship of Christoph ERNST (DE).

Official inauguration of the new building for the Boards of Appeal

The new building for the Boards of Appeal Unit of the EPO in Haar, Munich, was officially inaugurated yesterday.

Bilaterial Co-operation Agreement signed with France

The EPO and the French National Industrial Property Office (INPI) have signed a new three-year bilateral co-operation plan. The agreement, which provides a framework for collaboration in areas such as IT projects and training, was signed by EPO President Benoît Battistelli and INPI Director General Romain Soubeyran in Munich today.

EPO’s quality management system re-certified under ISO 9001

The certificate was presented to EPO President Benoît Battistelli by Frank Graichen, Managing Director of the external certification authority DQS, at a ceremony at the EPO headquarters in Munich. The ceremony was attended by the Chairman and the members of the Administrative Council, in their role as representatives of the EPO's member states.

New patent study confirms growth in Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies

Conducted by the EPO in co-operation with Handelsblatt Research Institute, the "Patents and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)" study examines this profound technology trend that is now being observed across a whole range of technical fields.

Benoît Battistelli elected Chair of CEIPI Administrative Council

The Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) has elected EPO President Benoît Battistelli as Chair of its Administrative Council.

Agreements with Brazil and Tunisia enter into force

Two major agreements signed by the EPO with Brazil and Tunisia will enter into force today.

Supporting innovation in the plant sector with IP rights: EPO-CPVO conference in Brussels

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) held today a joint conference in Brussels to illustrate the way in which the two offices co-operate to support innovation in the plant sector.


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