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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Finalisten des Europäischen Erfinderpreises 2017 bekanntgegeben

Sie bekämpfen Krankheiten, widmen sich drängenden Umweltthemen und bereichern unser tägliches Leben: Die fünfzehn Finalisten des Europäischen Erfinderpreises 2017, die heute vom Europäischen Patentamt (EPA) bekannt gegeben worden sind, haben wegweisende Technologien nachhaltig vorangebracht und schaffen damit wirtschaftlichen Nutzen und Arbeitsplätze in Europa.

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.

Das EPA gewährt Beihilfen für akademische Forschungen

Heute startet das neue akademische Forschungsprogramm des EPA, das für akademische Forschungen im Bereich des Patentwesens finanzielle Unterstützung bereitstellt. Im Rahmen des Programms werden für ausgewählte Vorschläge Beihilfen in Höhe von bis zu 100 000 EUR gewährt.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rekordzahl an Patenterteilungen beim EPA

Dank wirksamer Schritte zur Erhöhung seiner Produktivität hat das Europäische Patentamt (EPA) 2016 rund 96 000 erteilte europäische Patente veröffentlicht. Dies ist eine Steigerung von 40% gegenüber dem Vorjahr und ein neuer Höchstwert in der Geschichte des Amts.

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).

Schließung des automatischen Briefkastens am Hauptsitz in München

Der automatische Briefkasten am Hauptsitz des EPA in München Isargebäude, Kohlstraße) wird zum 1. April 2017 geschlossen.

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.

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.

Engaging with users on patent quality

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

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...

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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