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2017

15.12.2017
Official inauguration of the new building for the Boards of Appeal

The new building for the Boards of Appeal Unit of the EPO in Haar, Munich, was officially inaugurated yesterday.

 
14.12.2017
Bilaterial Cooperation Agreement signed with France

The EPO and the French National Industrial Property Office (INPI) have signed a new three-year bilateral co-operation plan. The agreement, which provides a framework for collaboration in areas such as IT projects and training, was signed by EPO President Benoît Battistelli and INPI Director General Romain Soubeyran in Munich today.

 
14.12.2017
EPO’s quality management system re-certified under ISO 9001

The certificate was presented to EPO President Benoît Battistelli by Frank Graichen, Managing Director of the external certification authority DQS, at a ceremony at the EPO headquarters in Munich. The ceremony was attended by the Chairman and the members of the Administrative Council, in their role as representatives of the EPO's member states.

 
11.12.2017
Une nouvelle étude sur les brevets confirme l’essor des technologies de la quatrième révolution industrielle

Le nombre de demandes de brevet européen relatives à des objets connectés intelligents augmente rapidement avec une croissance de 54% au cours des trois dernières années, comme le rapporte la première étude globale de l’Office européen des brevets (OEB) sur ce sujet.

 
1.12.2017
Benoît Battistelli élu Président du Conseil d'administration du CEIPI

Le Centre d'études internationales de la propriété intellectuelle (CEIPI) a élu M. Benoît Battistelli, Président de l'OEB, à la présidence de son Conseil d'administration.

1.12.2017
Agreements with Brazil and Tunisia enter into force

Two major agreements signed by the EPO with Brazil and Tunisia will enter into force today.

 
29.11.2017
Supporting innovation in the plant sector with IP rights: EPO-CPVO conference in Brussels

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) held today a joint conference in Brussels to illustrate the way in which the two offices co-operate to support innovation in the plant sector.

 
29.11.2017
Patent applications filed at IP5 offices up 10%

The IP5 Statistics Report, published jointly by the EPO, the Japan Patent Office, the Korean Intellectual Property Office, the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, collectively known as the IP5 offices, presents official patent statistics from each office.

 
28.11.2017
EPO supports Munich “Science Days”

The EPO contributed to the event with a lecture by Director for ICT Georg Weber on "Industry 4.0 - the technology landscape of tomorrow".

23.11.2017
EPO and Chinese IP office renew their strategic partnership

The EPO and China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) have renewed their co-operation by signing a comprehensive strategic partnership agreement at their annual heads of office meeting today in Zhengzhou.

 
17.11.2017
US-Bar-EPO Liaison Council meeting: Deepening US applicants’ understanding of European patent practice

This year's meeting of the US Bar-EPO Liaison Council, a forum to facilitate informal exchanges with US applicants, took place at the EPO's Munich headquarters on 15 November.

16.11.2017
IPO Education Foundation and EPO Day Conference held in Munich

This week the EPO co-hosted the IPO-EPO Day with the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Educational Foundation. The conference was organised in Europe for their members, including both US and European companies.

 
14.11.2017
Unitary Patent expected to boost trade and investment in the EU, new study shows

A study published today, 14 November 2017, by the EPO finds that the Unitary Patent could significantly enhance technology transfer in the EU through more trade and foreign direct investment (FDI). Improved harmonisation of Europe's patent system has the potential to increase trade and FDI in high-tech sectors by up to 2% and 15% in the EU, leading to annual gains of EUR 14.6 billion in trade and EUR 1.8 billion in FDI.

 
13.11.2017
EPO’s Patent information Conference focuses on evolution of services

New opportunities for patent information offered by technology trends were the focus of the 27th Patent Information Conference that took place this week in Sofia, Bulgaria. In the presence of the Bulgarian Deputy Minister for the Economy, Lachezar Borosov, EPO Vice-President Raimund Lutz outlined in his opening speech the key role of patent information services in the promotion of innovation.

 
12.10.2017
153rd meeting of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation (Munich, 10 and 11 October 2017)

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation held its 153rd meeting in Munich on 10 and 11 October 2017 under the chairmanship of Christoph ERNST (DE).

 
11.10.2017
António Campinos elected next EPO President

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, meeting in Munich today under the chairmanship of Christoph Ernst, has elected António Campinos to succeed Benoît Battistelli as President of the European Patent Office (EPO).

10.10.2017
EPO enhances international co-operation role during WIPO Assemblies

EPO signs PPH agreement with Brazil in Geneva last week and secures date for entry into force of new Validation Agreement with Tunisia.

 
5.10.2017
EPO welcomes Brazil into family of Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) partner offices

The EPO and Brazil have agreed to launch a joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme to enable work-sharing and accelerate patent prosecution at both offices, with the aim of improving the global IP system, supporting applicants and encouraging innovation.

 
4.10.2017
L'OEB et l’OEAB entament leur programme d’examen accéléré des brevets

Les inventeurs et les entreprises qui demandent une protection par brevet auprès de l’OEB et de l’Office eurasien des brevets (OEAB) peuvent désormais bénéficier d’un examen accéléré des brevets auprès des deux offices, suite à l’entrée en vigueur du programme pilote commun "Patent Prosecution Highway" (PPH).

 
4.10.2017
Brevets européens en Tunisie : L’accord de validation entre l’OEB et la Tunisie entrera en vigueur le 1er décembre

Le Président de l'Office européen des brevets, Benoît Battistelli, et la Directrice générale de l'Institut national de la normalisation et de la propriété industrielle (INNORPI) de Tunisie, Madame Amel Ben Farhat, ont annoncé aujourd'hui qu'à partir du 1er décembre, un brevet européen sera considéré comme un brevet national tunisien.

 
2.10.2017
Les chambres de recours prennent leurs fonctions dans leur nouveau bâtiment

Le déménagement des chambres de recours, qui quittent le siège de l'OEB (bâtiment Isar) pour un bâtiment distinct, s'inscrit dans un ensemble complet de réformes adoptées par le Conseil d'administration en juin 2016 et qui visent à renforcer la perception d'indépendance et l'efficacité des chambres.

 
25.9.2017
Event on the role of patents in advancing climate change mitigation technologies

Some 100 experts from industry, government, international organisations, universities and research institutes, and technology transfer centres met in Athens last week to discuss some of the challenges and recent successes in developing and deploying new technologies to mitigate climate change.

 
21.9.2017
Une nouvelle publication souligne l’importance des brevets pour les PME européennes

Cette publication vise à sensibiliser les PME à l'importance des brevets, et à les aider à tirer parti des expériences et bonnes pratiques des entreprises présentées dans les études de cas.

 
18.8.2017
Solidarity with the victims in Barcelona

The Management and staff of the European Patent Office are deeply shocked and saddened by news of the horrific attack which took place in Barcelona on Thursday, 17 August 2017.

13.7.2017
Publication du Bilan social 2016 de l'OEB

L'OEB a publié son Bilan social 2016, qui offre une vue d'ensemble complète des effectifs et des conditions de travail à l’OEB.

 
7.7.2017
Alberto Casado Cerviño to head new EPO Directorate-General Patent Granting Process

The Administrative Council of the EPO has extended the portfolio of activities of Vice-President Alberto Casado Cerviño. He will head the new Directorate-General Patent Granting Process at the EPO, which results from an internal reorganisation.

 
10.7.2017
Strike participation rates

In accordance with the rights guaranteed to EPO staff, a small proportion of the EPO's workforce observed their right to strike on Friday 30 June and Monday 3 July. A low rate of participation by staff was registered.

6.7.2017
Businesses eager for Unitary Patent to start in early 2018

Users voice strong support for the Unitary Patent package at conference in Munich

 
5.7.2017
L'OEB publie son tout premier rapport sur la qualité

Ce rapport exhaustif, qui contient une série détaillée d’indicateurs de qualité, vise à rendre plus transparents les effets de cette politique.

 
4.7.2017
Fast-track patent examination launched with Malaysia and the Philippines

On 1 July the EPO launched Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programmes with the patent offices of Malaysia and the Philippines to enable work-sharing and accelerated treatment of patent applications.

 
3.7.2017
EPO publishes new policy brief on climate technologies and enhances cooperation with IRENA

In co-operation with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the EPO has today published a new policy brief on the latest trends in climate change mitigation technologies (CCMTs).

 
29.6.2017
EPO clarifies practice in the area of plant and animal patents

Sur proposition de l'Office européen des brevets, le Conseil d'administration a décidé de modifier les dispositions juridiques pertinentes afin d'exclure de la brevetabilité les végétaux et les animaux obtenus exclusivement par un procédé essentiellement biologique.

 
27.6.2017
EPO welcomes ‘topping out’ of its new office building in The Hague co-designed by architects Jean Nouvel and Diederik Dam

A special ceremony was attended by EPO President Benoît Battistelli, Michel Bezuijen, the Mayor of Rijswijk, architects Jean Nouvel and Diederik Dam, and Ton Vaags, Chairman of the Board of the construction consortium consisting of TBI subsidiary companies J.P. van Eesteren and Croonwolter&dros, as well as construction workers.

 
15.6.2017
Des inventeurs d’exception originaires d’Allemagne, d’Autriche, de Belgique, d’Espagne, des Etats Unis, de France, d’Italie, de Maroc, et des Pays-Bas remportent le Prix de l’inventeur européen 2017

Lancé par l'OEB en 2006, ce prix annuel récompense, individuellement ou en équipe, les inventeurs dont les innovations ont apporté des réponses aux grands défis de notre temps.

 
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
Distinguer les hommes et les femmes à l’origine d’innovations révolutionnaires : Les 15 finalistes nommés au Prix de l’inventeur européen 2017

Ils luttent contre les maladies, répondent aux grands enjeux écologiques du moment et rendent nos vies plus agréables et plus sûres

 
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
L’OEB offre des bourses de recherche académique

C’est aujourd'hui le lancement du nouveau programme de recherche académique de l'OEB visant à apporter un soutien financier à la recherche universitaire en matière de brevets. Le programme offre des bourses allant jusqu'à 100 000 EUR aux propositions gagnantes.

 
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
Les délivrances de brevet européen atteignent un niveau record en 2016

Grâce à des mesures efficaces ayant permis de renforcer sa productivité, l’Office européen des brevets (OEB) a délivré 96 000 brevets l’an dernier, soit une augmentation de 40 % par rapport à 2015 et un nouveau record historique.

 
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
Fermeture de la boîte aux lettres automatique du siège à Munich

La boîte aux lettres automatique du siège de l'OEB à Munich (bâtiment Isar, Kohlstrasse) sera fermée à compter du 1er avril 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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