EU survey on IPR enforcement and protection

The European Union's Observatory on Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights has launched a survey on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in third countries.

Training Centre for European patent judges opened in Budapest

A dedicated Training Centre for the Unified Patent Court was officially opened today in Budapest. The centre will function as a coordinating office for the training of judges and candidate judges of the new court system which, together with the unitary patent, is expected to start operating in 2015.

Patent filings at the EPO reach all-time high

In 2013 the EPO received 266 000 patent filings, compared to 258 000 in 2012. The EPO granted 66 700 European patents, which was 1.6% more than in 2012 (65 600) and the highest number ever.

Boost for businesses and inventors as EPO and UK sign co-operation plan

The EPO signed a co-operation agreement today with the UK Intellectual Property Office aimed at helping both offices deliver high-quality and timely services to businesses and inventors.

ASEAN member states’ IP offices and the EPO strengthen co-operation on patents

Mr. Battistelli noted the growing economic significance of the Southeast Asian region and welcomed this new regional co-operation framework as a contribution to further consolidating the development of innovation and the knowledge-based society among the Members States of ASEAN.

Symposium on Article 123(2) EPC

Twenty-five senior patent professionals from Europe, Japan and the USA took the opportunity to share experiences with EPO examiners, lawyers and procedural experts in an effort to enhance understanding of how examiners apply Art. 123(2) EPC, and raise awareness among examiners of the problems encountered by users.

Europe and Mexico intensify co-operation on patents

Meeting in Mexico City the heads of the EPO and IMPI agreed to enhance their co-operation on patents in an effort to support innovation in both regions.

More than 265 000 patent filings received in 2013

This is a 2.8% increase over 2012 (257 700 filings), and a new all-time high. Last year, after a high-quality search and examination process, the EPO granted and published 66 700 patents, which was 1.7% more than in 2012 (65 600).

6th meeting of the Select Committee of the Administrative Council

The Select Committee of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation held its sixth meeting in Munich on 10 and 11 December 2013.

Patent Translate coverage complete

The EPO's free machine translation service now offers 32 languages, covering all EPO member states plus the most important Asian languages

ESAB holds workshop on the unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court

The EPO's Economic and Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB) brought together some 60 international patent experts at the EPO headquarters in Munich last week for a two-day workshop dedicated to the economic effects of the unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court.

7th EPO-SIPO heads' meeting brings offices even closer together

Meeting in Beijing this week, the heads of the EPO and SIPO renewed their commitment to supporting global innovation, signing two major agreements.

IP5 offices report 11% growth in filings for 2012

The world's five largest patent offices have published the 2012 edition of the IP5 Statistics Report

EU officials attend EPO-OHIM seminar in Brussels

The seminar, which took place in Brussels on 13 and 14 November 2013, was the second in a series of inter-institutional training initiatives, launched last year by the European Patent Academy together with the OHIM Academy, targeting key players in public institutions across Europe.

Co-operation with San Marino on national searches

The EPO has signed an agreement with the Republic of San Marino on national patent searches, which is aimed at fostering innovation and improving the environment for business.

Simplifying access to patent protection in Moldova

The EPO has signed a validation agreement with the State Agency on Intellectual Property of the Republic of Moldova (AGEPI), which will allow European patent applications and patents to take legal effect in Moldova.

Revision of the requirements for the filing of divisional applications (amendment of Rules 36, 38, and 135 EPC)

The Administrative Council has adopted in its meeting of October an amendment of the provisions of the European Patent Convention dealing with the requirements for the filing of divisional applications, namely Rules 36, 38, and 135.

Symposium celebrates 40 years of the EPC

The highlight of the day was a panel discussion with Estonian Justice Minister Hanno Pevkur, UK Under-Secretary for Intellectual Property Lord Younger, SIPO Commissioner Tian Lipu, GE Europe CEO Ferdinando Becalli-Falco and TomTom CEO Harold Godijn.


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