13 January 2012
The EPO is setting up an Economic and Scientific Advisory Board to address important patent-related economic and social issues in a more selective and dedicated way. Made up of internationally recognised experts with a global perspective and an emphasis on Europe, the board will advise the EPO on economic and social studies.
"Beyond its core business of search, examination and grant of patents, the EPO has a strong interest in the broader economic and social ramifications of the patent system, especially its impact on innovation and economic growth", says EPO President Benoît Battistelli. "The board will advise the Office on what studies to conduct, and offer guidance on their evaluation and implementation".
Using studies and analyses supplied by the EPO and external partners, the board will also provide early warnings on sensitive issues, and make policy recommendations.
Supported by the EPO's Chief Economist, the Advisory Board will be composed of representatives of companies, research establishments, universities and other institutions in Europe, Asia and the USA who are familiar with the patent system. Its first members, appointed for three-year terms, are
The board will hold its inaugural meeting on 23 January 2012, in Munich.