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18.7.2016
Social report 2015 published

The EPO has published its Social Report 2015, which provides a comprehensive overview of staff and working conditions at the Office.

 
15.7.2016
Statement of the President of the European Patent Office on the terrorist attack in Nice

The European Patent Office - its employees, managers and all staff - are deeply shocked and saddened by the terrorist attack which took place in Nice on Thursday, 14 July 2016.

13.7.2016
Boosting patenting by SMEs and universities from Latvia and Malta

The EPO signed two agreements at the end of June with the national patent offices of Latvia and Malta to improve conditions for small businesses from these countries seeking to protect their inventions through patents.

 
8.7.2016
Conference reveals strong support for Unitary Patent package

At a conference organized by Premier Cercle hosted at the European Patent Office's headquarters in Munich today, leading experts gathered to discuss the latest state of play of the Unitary Patent package and the potential implications of the vote in the UK in favour of leaving the European Union.

 
1.7.2016
Greater independence and improved efficiency for the EPO’s Boards of Appeal

Approved with an overwhelming majority of votes the member states of the European Patent Organisation accepted a comprehensive reform proposal of the Office to strengthen the perception of the BoA's independence, in particular by increasing their managerial autonomy, and to improve their efficiency.

1.7.2016
EPO launches fast-track patent examination with Australia

The EPO and the Intellectual Property Office of Australia (IP Australia) have launched today their joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme to enable accelerated treatment of patent applications in both regions.

1.7.2016
Examination fees: refunds for withdrawals

From 1 July 2016, applicants will be able to enjoy a 100% refund on their examination fee for any application they withdraw, or which is refused or deemed withdrawn, before substantive examination has begun.

29.6.2016
Solidarity with the people of Turkey

The staff and management of the European Patent Office are shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the terrible attacks at Istanbul airport on Tuesday night.

 
24.6.2016
Britisches Referendum – Erklärung von Präsident Battistelli

Das Amt betont, dass der Ausgang des Referendums weder die Mitgliedschaft des Vereinigten Königreichs in der Europäischen Patentorganisation noch die Wirkung europäischer Patente im Vereinigten Königreich beeinträchtigen wird.

15.6.2016
Message of Solidarity from the EPO to the people of the United States

EPO President Benoit Battistelli has today sent the following message of condolence to Michelle Lee, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), following recent events in Orlando

13.6.2016
Early Certainty: New opposition procedure from 1 July

The streamlined opposition procedure will see the duration of opposition cases drop to just 15 months for straightforward cases

9.6.2016
Herausragende Erfinder erhalten den Europäischen Erfinderpreis 2016 bei der Verleihung in Lissabon

Bereits zum elften Mal wurde der jährlich vom EPA vergebene Preis vergeben. Er zeichnet herausragende Erfinder aus Europa und der ganzen Welt aus, die einen außergewöhnlichen Beitrag zu sozialer Entwicklung, technologischem Fortschritt und wirtschaftlichem Wachstum geleistet haben.

 
2.6.2016
EPO is number one for quality, survey says

The independent survey, carried out by IAM magazine, found the EPO yet again performed best among the world’s five largest patent offices (IP5) for patent quality and service for the fifth annual survey in a row.

2.6.2016
IP5 heads of office and industry renew their co-operation

The meetings took stock of developments in key areas such as the Global Dossier, the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), Common Citation Document (CCD) and patent harmonisation to name but a few areas.

 
18.5.2016
Simulieren Sie eine Online-Einreichung zum neuen einheitlichen Patent

Die Nutzer werden gebeten, ihr Feedback zum Demo-Modus bis 31. Juli 2016 an uppolffeedback@epo.org zu senden; der Demo-Modus dient wohlgemerkt nur zu Testzwecken, und der Abschluss des Eintragungsverfahrens hat keinerlei Rechtskraft.

18.5.2016
EPO President visited Morocco

Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office, was in Casablanca (Morocco) on Monday, 16 May, attending a conference on "Patent validation and technology transfer - issues and initiatives".

 
3.5.2016
Europe's patent information centres meet in Helsinki

Representatives of national patent offices and patent information centres from 37 countries across Europe and beyond are gathering in Helsinki this week to explore how to improve services to companies, universities, and inventors in support of innovation.

 
26.4.2016
Das EPA gibt die 15 visionären Finalisten des Europäischen Erfinderpreises 2016 bekannt

Mit ihren zukunftsweisenden Erfindungen haben die 15 Finalisten des Europäischen Erfinderpreises 2016 Werte in Europa und der ganzen Welt geschaffen.

20.4.2016
EPO and epi to co-operate on training

EPO President Benoît Battistelli has yesterday met with a delegation from the Institute of Professional Representatives (epi) and signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the training of professional representatives.

 
8.4.2016
EPO President meets with UK intellectual property minister

The UK's Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe, and EPO President Benoît Battistelli met in London on 7 April to discuss recent developments in patents in Europe and around the globe.

 
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