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30.6.2015
144th meeting of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation (Munich, 24-25 June 2015)

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation held its 144th meeting on 24 and 25 June in Munich, with Jesper Kongstad, Director General of the Danish Patent Office, holding the chair.

26.6.2015
Ongoing consultation on reforms to the EPO boards of appeal

Reminder: User consultation closes on 30 June 2015

26.6.2015
Global dossier now extended to include USPTO data

The EPO has extended the Global dossier service to include file wrapper data from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

24.6.2015
Unternehmensfreundliche Gebührenstruktur für das einheitliche Patent beschlossen

Der Engere Ausschuss des Verwaltungsrats der EPO hat heute den Vorschlag "True Top 4" des Europäischen Patentamts über die Jahresgebühren für das einheitliche Patent genehmigt.

19.6.2015
European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee supportive of revised UP fee proposal

EPO President Benoît Battistelli addressed the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) in Brussels on 15 June at the invitation of JURI Chairman Pavel Svoboda MEP.

11.6.2015
Herausragende Erfinder mit Europäischem Erfinderpreis geehrt

Die prestigeträchtige Auszeichnung würdigt herausragende Erfinder, die mit ihren Arbeiten einen außerordentlichen Beitrag zum gesellschaftlichen, technischen und wirtschaftlichen Fortschritt geleistet haben.

3.6.2015
EPO global benchmark for quality, independent survey says

The EPO has once again been rated number one for patent quality among the world's largest patent offices, according to a recent survey of patent professionals by IAM magazine.

1.6.2015
Social dialogue: discussion continues

A second roundtable meeting took place on 28 May 2015 with the Chairman of the Administrative Council, Jesper Kongstad, EPO President Benoît Battistelli, representatives of SUEPO and FFPE to resume discussion on the formal recognition of trade unions within the EPO legal framework.

22.5.2015
Heads of IP5 offices agree to focus on improving services to users and the public

The heads of the world's five largest intellectual property offices (IP5), meeting today in Suzhou, China, pledged to step up their co-operation in order to further optimise their services to users and the public.

5.5.2015
EPA begrüßt EuGH-Urteile: Weg frei für einheitliches Patent

Das EPA begrüßt die Urteile des Gerichtshofs der Europäischen Union (EuGH), mit denen die Klagen gegen das Paket für den einheitlichen Patentschutz abgewiesen werden.

30.4.2015
Consultation on reforms to the EPO boards of appeal

The user consultation will run until 30 June 2015

23.4.2015
Gewerkschaften nehmen am Runden Tisch mit dem EPA-Präsidenten und dem Präsidenten des Verwaltungsrats teil

Im Rahmen eines Runden Tisches, den der Präsident des Verwaltungsrats, Jesper Kongstad, und EPA-Präsident Benoît Battistelli gemeinsam initiiert hatten, sind SUEPO und FFPE in einen Prozess eingetreten, der erstmals in der Geschichte des EPA zu ihrer förmlichen rechtlichen Anerkennung als Gewerkschaften des Amts führen könnte.

21.4.2015
Europäischer Erfinderpreis 2015: Schöpfer von 15 bahnbrechenden Innovationen als Finalisten gekürt

Mit dem prestigeträchtigen Innovationspreis zeichnet das EPA bereits zum zehnten Mal Erfinder und Teams von Entwicklern in fünf Kategorien aus, deren Erfindungen vom EPA patentiert worden sind und besonders zum gesellschaftlichen, technischen und wirtschaftlichen Fortschritt beigetragen haben. Der Europäische Erfinderpreis 2015 wird am 11. Juni in Paris verliehen.

15.4.2015
Japanese and Korean data now available in Global Dossier

The announcement in Cape Town this week follows the launch of the first Global Dossier service with data from the EPO and SIPO in June 2014.

14.4.2015
ESAB statement on Patent aggregation and its impact on competition and innovation policy

In preparing its statement, ESAB took into account the report of a workshop held in Munich on 25 November 2014.

27.3.2015
143rd meeting of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation (Munich, 25 and 26 March 2015)

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation held its 143rd meeting on 25 and 26 March 2015 with Jesper Kongstad, Director General of the Danish Patent Office, in the chair.

26.3.2015
Joint statement from the Chairman of the Administrative Council and the President of the Office

The Administrative Council acknowledges the results achieved by the Office and its staff which represent the outcomes of the Efficiency and Quality strategy adopted in 2011.

19.3.2015
European patent reform in focus of talks with UK intellectual property minister

The UK's Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe and EPO President Benoît Battistelli met on 18 March 2015 at the EPO headquarters in Munich to discuss recent developments in the patent system in Europe and globally...

 
18.3.2015
Statement from the management: No, the EPO is not violating fundamental human rights

On behalf of a large majority of staff who are proud to work at the EPO and on our own behalf as senior managers with a recognised democratic background at national and international levels, we, the members of EPO's management committee, are profoundly shocked by such an accusation.

17.3.2015
ESAB statement on the possible introduction of a grace period in Europe

There was no consensus amongst ESAB members regarding the desirability of the introduction of a grace period in Europe. However, they did agree that Europe should consider introducing a grace period only if two vital conditions are met.

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