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2017

15.6.2017
Exceptional inventors from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, the Netherlands, Spain, and the US receive European Inventor Award 2017

Launched by the European Patent Office (EPO) in 2006, the annual award distinguishes individual inventors and teams of inventors whose pioneering inventions provide answers to some of the biggest challenges of our times.

8.6.2017
Independent Survey confirms EPO No.1 for quality

The annual benchmarking survey, published last week, shows that the EPO is rated top among the world's five largest patent offices (IP5) for patent quality and service by the 800 patent professionals surveyed.

5.6.2017
Attack in London

The Management and staff of the European Patent Office have been deeply shocked by news of the horrific attack that took place in the London Bridge and Borough Market area of London on Saturday evening.

1.6.2017
World’s five largest intellectual property offices celebrate ten years of co-operation

In the first ten years of its existence, IP5 co-operation has delivered a number of products and services that particularly support innovating businesses which have a global market orientation.

 
1.6.2017
EPO and SIPO further strengthen their co-operation

The EPO and SIPO of China have co-operated since 1985 and have had a privileged strategic co-operation partnership for the last 10 years.

23.5.2017
Solidarity with the UK

The Management and staff of the European Patent Office are deeply shocked by the terrible news of the attack that took place after a pop concert in Manchester yesterday.

18.5.2017
EPO and Institute of Industrial Property of Angola initiate bilateral co-operation

President Battistelli and Director General Camati agreed in principle on the future launch of a comprehensive co-operation programme including the validation of EP patents in Angola and EPO technical assistance for the development of the national patent system.

 
11.5.2017
EPO and Argentina sign co-operation agreement

The EPO and the National Institute of Industrial Property of Argentina (INPI) have signed a memorandum of understanding on bilateral co-operation.

 
27.4.2017
EPO and Eurasian Patent Office agree to launch Patent Prosecution Highway

The EPO and the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO) have agreed to launch a joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme to enable work-sharing and accelerated treatment of patent applications at both offices.

 
27.4.2017
Monegasque ambassador visits the EPO

The Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco to the Federal Republic of Germany, H.E. Isabelle Berro-Amadeï, paid an official visit to the EPO on 25 April for the formal hand-over of the instruments of ratification by Monaco of the Bilateral Working Agreement on Searches.

 
26.4.2017
Honouring the bright minds behind ground-breaking inventions: European Inventor Award 2017 finalists announced

The nominated inventors fight disease, take on some of the most pressing environmental issues and enrich our daily lives.

 
10.4.2017
Solidarity with Sweden

The management and staff of the EPO are deeply shocked and saddened by the horrific attack which took place in Stockholm on Friday 7 April.

10.4.2017
The EPO offers grants for academic research

Today marks the launch of the new EPO Academic Research Programme offering financial support for academic research on patent-related matters. The programme will award grants of up to EUR 100 000 to winning proposals.

 
31.3.2017
EPO and CPVO workshop on plant-related inventions

CPVO and EPO experts continued their exchange on working practices on issues such as the use of databases and other working tools, quality policy, as well as measures to ensure clarity and transparency in this important technical field.

 
30.3.2017
Trilateral offices celebrate 35 years of co-operation, discuss ways to further advance patent systems worldwide

The 35th annual Trilateral conference was preceded by a meeting between the offices and industry associations from the three regions to collect feedback from users of the patent system.

 
23.3.2017
Solidarity with the United Kingdom

The management and staff of the EPO are deeply shocked and saddened by the horrendous incident that occurred in London on 22 March.

21.3.2017
Bilateral co-operation plans signed with Latvia and Lithuania

EPO President Benoît Battistelli has signed bilateral co-operation plans with the heads of the patent offices of Latvia and Lithuania.

 
8.3.2017
EPO President meets with Jo Johnson, the new UK intellectual property minister

EPO President Benoît Battistelli met the UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Jo Johnson in London on 8 March to discuss recent developments in patents and their role in supporting innovation.

 
7.3.2017
EPO grants record number of European patents in 2016

Due to effective measures to improve its productivity, the European Patent Office (EPO) published 96 000 granted patents in 2016, which is 40% more than in 2015 and a new high mark in its history.

 
1.3.2017
First Boards of Appeal President takes up his post

Carl Josefsson has commenced his role as the new President of the EPO Boards of Appeal (BoA).

 
14.2.2017
Closure of the automated mail-box at the Munich headquarters

The automated mail-box at the EPO’s headquarters in Munich (Isar building, Kohlstrasse) is being closed as from 1 April 2017.

 
8.2.2017
EPO launches Patent Prosecution Highway pilot with Russian patent office

The EPO and Russia's Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) have launched their joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme to enable work-sharing and accelerated treatment of patent applications in both regions.

 
3.2.2017
Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO rules on partial priorities

In its order for decision G1/15, related to the question of partial priorities and so-called toxic divisionals, the Enlarged Board of the EPO held that a generic claim encompassing alternative subject matter may not be refused partial priority, provided the alternative subject matter has been directly, at least implicitly, and unambiguously disclosed in the priority document.

 
24.1.2017
Engaging with users on patent quality

New sub-committee on quality of EPO’s SACEPO advisory body meets for the first time in Munich

 
23.1.2017
Cambodia first Asian country to recognise European patents on its territory

EPO President Benoît Battistelli and Senior Minister Cham Prasidh, Cambodian Minister of Industry and Handicraft, have signed an agreement in Phnom Penh to extend, upon request of the applicant, the validity of European patent applications and patents to Cambodia...

 
20.1.2017
Statement by the European Patent Office on the ruling by the Supreme Court of the Netherlands

We welcome this decision by which the Court considers the Dutch courts as not competent to deal with this case, in application of the principle of immunity which is essential for the independence and functioning of any international organisation.

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