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23.9.2016
EPO and CPVO exchange practices on patenting of plant-related inventions and plant variety protection

Technical and legal experts from the EPO and the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) took part in a joint workshop to exchange information on plant-related patents and plant variety rights.

7.9.2016
EPO hosts high-level delegation from Cambodia

A delegation from the Kingdom of Cambodia visited the EPO in Munich today to discuss developments in the European and Cambodian patent systems.

 
25.7.2016
Message of solidarity following the Munich attack

The staff and management of the European Patent Office are deeply shocked and saddened by the news of the terrible attack which took place in Munich on Friday, 22 July 2016.

18.7.2016
Social report 2015 published

The EPO has published its Social Report 2015, which provides a comprehensive overview of staff and working conditions at the Office.

 
15.7.2016
Statement of the President of the European Patent Office on the terrorist attack in Nice

The European Patent Office - its employees, managers and all staff - are deeply shocked and saddened by the terrorist attack which took place in Nice on Thursday, 14 July 2016.

13.7.2016
Boosting patenting by SMEs and universities from Latvia and Malta

The EPO signed two agreements at the end of June with the national patent offices of Latvia and Malta to improve conditions for small businesses from these countries seeking to protect their inventions through patents.

 
8.7.2016
Conference reveals strong support for Unitary Patent package

At a conference organized by Premier Cercle hosted at the European Patent Office's headquarters in Munich today, leading experts gathered to discuss the latest state of play of the Unitary Patent package and the potential implications of the vote in the UK in favour of leaving the European Union.

 
1.7.2016
Greater independence and improved efficiency for the EPO’s Boards of Appeal

Approved with an overwhelming majority of votes the member states of the European Patent Organisation accepted a comprehensive reform proposal of the Office to strengthen the perception of the BoA's independence, in particular by increasing their managerial autonomy, and to improve their efficiency.

1.7.2016
EPO launches fast-track patent examination with Australia

The EPO and the Intellectual Property Office of Australia (IP Australia) have launched today their joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme to enable accelerated treatment of patent applications in both regions.

1.7.2016
Examination fees: refunds for withdrawals

From 1 July 2016, applicants will be able to enjoy a 100% refund on their examination fee for any application they withdraw, or which is refused or deemed withdrawn, before substantive examination has begun.

29.6.2016
Solidarity with the people of Turkey

The staff and management of the European Patent Office are shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the terrible attacks at Istanbul airport on Tuesday night.

 
24.6.2016
UK Referendum – Statement of President Battistelli

The Office underlines that the outcome of the referendum has no consequence on the membership of the UK to the European Patent Organisation, nor on the effect of the European Patents in the UK.

15.6.2016
Message of Solidarity from the EPO to the people of the United States

EPO President Benoit Battistelli has today sent the following message of condolence to Michelle Lee, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), following recent events in Orlando

13.6.2016
Early Certainty: New opposition procedure from 1 July

The streamlined opposition procedure will see the duration of opposition cases drop to just 15 months for straightforward cases

9.6.2016
Exceptional inventors receive European Inventor Award 2016 at ceremony in Lisbon

Now in its 11th year, the award is presented annually by the EPO to recognise outstanding inventors from Europe and around the world, who have made an exceptional contribution to social development, technological progress and economic growth.

 
2.6.2016
EPO is number one for quality, survey says

The independent survey, carried out by IAM magazine, found the EPO yet again performed best among the world’s five largest patent offices (IP5) for patent quality and service for the fifth annual survey in a row.

2.6.2016
IP5 heads of office and industry renew their co-operation

The meetings took stock of developments in key areas such as the Global Dossier, the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), Common Citation Document (CCD) and patent harmonisation to name but a few areas.

 
18.5.2016
Simulate an Online Filing for the new Unitary Patent

Users invited to provide feedback on demo mode of online procedure for registering patents with unitary effect.

18.5.2016
EPO President visited Morocco

Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office, was in Casablanca (Morocco) on Monday, 16 May, attending a conference on "Patent validation and technology transfer - issues and initiatives".

 
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