European Inventor Award finalists Stefan Hell and Shuji Nakamura win Nobel Prize

Two past European Inventor Award finalists have been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. European Inventor Award 2007 finalist Shuji Nakamura (US) has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, and European Inventor Award 2008 finalist Stefan Hell (Germany) the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

EPO continues IT modernisation with launch of new online filing tool

In order to continue to improve the quality of services to its users by establishing a one-stop shop for applicants, the European Patent Office (EPO) today launched a new system for the online filing of patent applications.

EPO to launch PPH pilot programmes with Canada, Mexico and Singapore

In an effort to boost innovation and trade, the EPO has signed Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programmes with the patent offices of Canada, Mexico and Singapore to launch accelerated treatment of patent applications, starting in January 2015.

Czech Industrial Property Office celebrates 95th anniversary

EPO President Benoît Battistelli met Czech Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mládek and other representatives of government, industry and academia in Prague this week to discuss how to further strengthen the patent system to support innovation and economic growth.

Munich is all set for Oktoberfest 2014: thrill-packed rides thanks to patented technologies

Over six million visitors in just 16 days. More than 6.7 million litres of beer served. The world's tallest drop tower. Munich's annual Oktoberfest - which begins this year on 20 September - is a showcase of superlatives.

EPO and Spain continue co-operation on Latin America

Meeting in Santander, Spain, EPO President Benoît Battistelli and the Director General of the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, Patricia García-Escudero Márquez, signed an agreement to promote the quality and efficiency of the Latin American patent system to the benefit of its users and of European industry in particular.

Social Report 2013 published

First published for the year 2012, the Social Report aims at creating a shared understanding of the current social situation at the EPO and of the challenges ahead.

European patent validation agreement signed with Tunisia

"This is a strategic breakthrough for the patent system in Tunisia", said President Battistelli. "The agreement will simplify access to patent protection in Tunisia for European patent applicants and proprietors."

New scheme to improve legal certainty on pending applications

Under the "Early Certainty from Search" scheme, the EPO aims to issue all search reports and written opinions on patentability within six months of filing, to prioritise the completion of examination files it has already started over beginning work on new files, and to expedite grants once a positive search opinion has been issued.

Administrative Council extends EPO President's mandate by another three years

At the meeting, the Council expressed its continued support for the EPO's quality/efficiency strategy adopted in 2011 under President Battistelli, which is being implemented by means of five „roadmaps" in the areas of IT, co-operation, human resources, buildings and quality.

Work starts on one of the largest construction projects in the Netherlands

EPO President Benoît Battistelli and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte jointly laid the foundation stone for the EPO’s new main building at the Rijswijk site.

Exceptional inventors honoured with European Inventor Award 2014

The award ceremony, held at the former Kaiserliches Telegrafenamt (Imperial Telegraph Office) in Germany's capital, was attended by some 500 guests from the fields of business, science, culture and politics, including German Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection Heiko Maas.

8th annual meeting on co-operation with EPO member states

The EPO and the national patent offices of the EPO member states (incl. Extension states) met in Crete on 12/13 June to discuss how to advance co-operation in order to improve the quality and efficiency of the European patent system, and thus better serve inventors and industry.

Mobile website launched

Available at, the new site does not include all content of the main EPO website. Instead, we have concentrated on the services and information that users requested in surveys and focus groups.

IP5 Heads of Office meeting in Busan: move towards public access to patent information

The IP5 heads agreed to increase the quality of the patent documentation, promote public access to "file wrapper" information at the IP5 level, start work on patent harmonization, launch the update of the IP5 website and collaborate on the development of the Patent Cooperation Treaty system.

EPO and SIPO launch first Global Dossier service

The EPO and SIPO today announced the launch of a new EPO service, called the Global Dossier, that displays European and Chinese dossier content on a family of patent applications (applications for the same invention filed at multiple offices).

EPO and KIPO review co-operation to support innovation

At their annual bilateral meeting today in Seoul, the heads of the two offices agreed on a number of new co-operation projects aimed at increasing efficiency in the patent granting process through co-ordination and training in classification practices, and improved access to patent documentation.

Innovation TV launched

The EPO’s new smart TV app brings innovation and inventors to your living room

Europe's patent information centres gather in Istanbul to boost co-operation on innovation

EPO President Benoît Battistelli and President of the Turkish Patent Institute, Prof. Dr. Habip Asan, opened a conference of Europe's patent information centres (PATLIB) in Istanbul today.


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