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2014

24.9.2014
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.

 
10.9.2014
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.

4.9.2014
Oktoberfest 2014: München steht in den Startlöchern, Nervenkitzel dank patentierter Technologie

Über sechs Millionen Besucher in nur 16 Tagen. Mehr als 6,7 Millionen ausgeschenkte Maß. Der höchste mobile Free Fall Tower der Welt: Das Münchner Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Superlative, das in diesem Jahr am 20. September beginnt.

 
15.7.2014
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.

8.7.2014
Sozialbericht 2013 veröffentlicht

Der Sozialbericht wurde erstmals für das Jahr 2012 veröffentlicht und dient dem Zweck, zu einer gemeinsamen Auffassung von der aktuellen sozialen Lage im EPA und den künftigen Aufgaben zu gelangen.

4.7.2014
Unterzeichnung eines Validierungsabkommens für europäische Patente mit Tunesien

"Dieses Abkommen ist ein strategischer Fortschritt für das Patentsystem in Tunesien", erklärte Benoît Battistelli. "Es ermöglicht den Anmeldern und Inhabern europäischer Patente leichteren Zugang zu Patentschutz in Tunesien."

 
3.7.2014
Neues Projekt zur Verbesserung der Rechtssicherheit anhängiger Patentanmeldungen

Im Rahmen des Programms "Early Certainty from Search" bemüht sich das EPA, alle Recherchenberichte und schriftlichen Stellungnahmen zur Patentierbarkeit innerhalb von sechs Monaten nach der Einreichung zu erstellen, vorrangig bereits laufende Prüfungsverfahren abzuschließen, bevor neue begonnen werden, und zügig zu erteilen, sobald eine positive Stellungnahme zur Recherche ergangen ist.

27.6.2014
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.

25.6.2014
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.

17.6.2014
Herausragende Erfinder mit dem Europäischen Erfinderpreis 2014 ausgezeichnet

Zur feierlichen Preisverleihung im ehemaligen Kaiserlichen Telegrafenamt Berlin waren 500 Gäste aus Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft, Kultur und Politik geladen, darunter der Bundesminister der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz Heiko Maas.

 
16.6.2014
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.

13.6.2014
Mobile Webseite verfügbar

Die neue Seite – aufrufbar unter m.epo.org – enthält nicht alle Inhalte der eigentlichen EPA-Website. Sie konzentriert sich vielmehr auf die Dienste und Informationen, die von Nutzern in Umfragen und Fokusgruppen gewünscht wurden.

 
6.6.2014
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.

5.6.2014
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).

3.6.2014
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.

2.6.2014
Innovation TV launched

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

16.5.2014
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.

6.5.2014
Vote for your favourite inventor to win the Popular Prize

Following the announcement of this year’s finalists for the European Inventor Award 2014 last week, we have now opened the competition to the public – you can now vote for your favourite individual or team to win the Popular Prize.

30.4.2014
ESAB statement on the unitary patent package

The EPO's Economic and Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB) has issued a statement on the Unitary Patent package, based on a study commissioned to Europe Economics and a report of a two-day workshop.

29.4.2014
Fünfzehn Erfinder und ihre Teams für Europäischen Erfinderpreis nominiert

Fünfzehn Erfinder und Erfinder-Teams dürfen sich Hoffnungen auf den renommierten Europäischen Erfinderpreis 2014 machen. Der Preis wird am 17. Juni in Berlin verliehen.

 
16.4.2014
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.

13.3.2014
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.

6.3.2014
Anmeldungen beim EPA erreichen neuen Spitzenwert

Die Patentanmeldungen beim Europäischen Patentamt (EPA) haben mit 266 000 im vergangen Jahr eine neue Rekordmarke erreicht, 2,8% mehr als im Vorjahr.

 
4.3.2014
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.

27.2.2014
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.

 
27.2.2014
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.

 
3.2.2014
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.

16.1.2014
Mehr als 265 000 Patentanmeldungen im Jahr 2013

Das ist ein Plus von 2,8% gegenüber 2012 (257 700 Anmeldungen) und damit ein neuer Allzeithöchststand. Nach einem aufwendigen Recherchen- und Prüfungsverfahren hat das EPA im letzten Jahr 66 700 Patente erteilt, 1,7 % mehr als 2012 (65 600).

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