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1.10.2014
EPO continues IT modernisation with launch of new online filing tool

In order to continue to improve the quality of services to its users by establishing a one-stop shop for applicants, the European Patent Office (EPO) today launched a new system for the online filing of patent applications.

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.

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