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23.4.2015
Trade unions join round table with EPO President and Administrative Council Chairman

At a round table meeting jointly initiated by the Chairman of the Administrative Council, Jesper Kongstad, and EPO President Benoît Battistelli, the SUEPO and FFPE entered into a process which could eventually lead to their formal recognition as trade unions at the Office for the first time in EPO history.

21.4.2015
European Inventor Award finalists 2015: inventors behind 15 ground-breaking innovations selected

With this prestigious annual award, the EPO honours scientists and engineers in five categories whose inventions have been patented by the EPO and have contributed to technological progress, social development and economic growth. The 10th edition of the award will be held in Paris on 11 June.

15.4.2015
Japanese and Korean data now available in Global Dossier

The announcement in Cape Town this week follows the launch of the first Global Dossier service with data from the EPO and SIPO in June 2014.

14.4.2015
ESAB statement on Patent aggregation and its impact on competition and innovation policy

In preparing its statement, ESAB took into account the report of a workshop held in Munich on 25 November 2014.

27.3.2015
143rd meeting of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation (Munich, 25 and 26 March 2015)

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation held its 143rd meeting on 25 and 26 March 2015 with Jesper Kongstad, Director General of the Danish Patent Office, in the chair.

26.3.2015
Joint statement from the Chairman of the Administrative Council and the President of the Office

The Administrative Council acknowledges the results achieved by the Office and its staff which represent the outcomes of the Efficiency and Quality strategy adopted in 2011.

19.3.2015
European patent reform in focus of talks with UK intellectual property minister

The UK's Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe and EPO President Benoît Battistelli met on 18 March 2015 at the EPO headquarters in Munich to discuss recent developments in the patent system in Europe and globally...

 
18.3.2015
Statement from the management: No, the EPO is not violating fundamental human rights

On behalf of a large majority of staff who are proud to work at the EPO and on our own behalf as senior managers with a recognised democratic background at national and international levels, we, the members of EPO's management committee, are profoundly shocked by such an accusation.

17.3.2015
ESAB statement on the possible introduction of a grace period in Europe

There was no consensus amongst ESAB members regarding the desirability of the introduction of a grace period in Europe. However, they did agree that Europe should consider introducing a grace period only if two vital conditions are met.

13.3.2015
Validation agreement with Morocco - “a historic development”

A forum titled “Focus Morocco marked the entry into force of an agreement allowing European patents to be validated in Morocco.

2.3.2015
Validation agreement with Morocco enters into force

Morocco becomes 41st country for which patent protection can be obtained on the basis of a European patent application

26.2.2015
European Patent Office receives record number of patent filings

Patent filings at the EPO grew by 3.1% in 2014, hitting a new record high of over 274 000 (2013: 266 000). Among the EPO member states, the Netherlands, France and the UK showed significant growth, some countries like Germany and Sweden remained stable, while filings from countries such as Finland, Switzerland and Spain declined.

17.2.2015
Solidarity with Denmark

Last week-end was marked by yet another tragic event in Europe as Denmark has been the victim of terrorist attacks in the centre of Copenhagen.

19.1.2015
Morocco recognises European patents as national patents

A win-win agreement: Morocco is the first non-member country of the European Patent Organisation to validate the legal effects of a European patent on its territory.

 
15.1.2015
EPO receives a record 273 000 patent filings in 2014, up by around 3%

The European Patent Office (EPO) received more than 273 110 patent filings in 2014, an increase of around 3% over 2013, and a new all-time high.

8.1.2015
Solidarity against terrorism

As a European institution, the EPO wishes to affirm its unreserved solidarity with the democracies of Europe and the world in the face of this appalling act of violence.

22.12.2014
Joint interview of the EPO President and Council Chair

In a joint interview with Managing IP, the President of the EPO, Benoît Battistelli, and the Chairman of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, Jesper Kongstadt, are taking position on some questions related to the EPO that were recently debated in the media.

16.12.2014
Normal functioning of the EPO - Update

A current industrial dispute involving strike action at the European Patent Office (EPO) has been the subject of some recent public comment

12.12.2014
142nd meeting of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation (Munich, 10 and 11 December 2014)

After the Chairman's report on the last meetings of the Board of the Administrative Council, the President of the European Patent Office, Benoît Battistelli, presented his activities report. The Council expressed its clear satisfaction.

12.12.2014
Communique on decisions taken by the Administrative Council at its 142nd meeting concerning senior employees and appointments and reappointments to the Boards of Appeal

The Council addressed a number of points concerning senior employees and the Boards of Appeal. Specifically, the Council addressed disciplinary arrangements applicable to senior employees appointed by the Council under Article 11 (1)(2)(3) EPC and, noting its obligations under Article 11(4) EPC, agreed to set up a Council Disciplinary Committee.

 
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