Normal functioning of the EPO - Update

A current industrial dispute involving strike action at the European Patent Office (EPO) has been the subject of some recent public comment

Communique on decisions taken by the Administrative Council at its 142nd meeting concerning senior employees and appointments and reappointments to the Boards of Appeal

The Council addressed a number of points concerning senior employees and the Boards of Appeal. Specifically, the Council addressed disciplinary arrangements applicable to senior employees appointed by the Council under Article 11 (1)(2)(3) EPC and, noting its obligations under Article 11(4) EPC, agreed to set up a Council Disciplinary Committee.

Qualität an erster Stelle: Patenterteilungsprozess des EPA nach ISO 9001 zertifiziert

Das EPA hat für sein Qualitätsmanagementsystem, das die Bereiche Recherche, Prüfung, Einspruch, Beschränkung und Widerruf des Patenterteilungsprozesses abdeckt, die ISO-9001-Zertifizierung erworben.

Normal functioning of the EPO - Update

A current industrial dispute involving strike action at the European Patent Office (EPO) has been the subject of some recent public comment

EPO President meets with two new EU Commissioners

Since the appointment of the new European Commission, EPO President Benoît Battistelli recently had the opportunity to meet with two Commissioners whose responsibilities include matters related to the patent system.

EPO to launch fast-track patent examination with Israel

The EPO has signed a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme with the Israel Patent Office to enable accelerated treatment of patent applications starting in January.

2.1 million patent applications filed at IP5 offices in 2013, up 11%

More than 2 million patent applications were filed at the world's five largest IP offices in 2013, an increase of 11% over 2012, according to the 2013 edition of the IP5 Statistics Report just published.

Normal functioning of the EPO

A current industrial dispute involving strike action at the European Patent Office (EPO) has been the subject of some recent public comment.

Advocate General rejects Spanish challenge to unitary patent package

Today the long-awaited Opinions of the Advocate General on the legal challenges by Spain against the unitary patent package have been issued by the Court of the Justice for the European Union (CJEU).

Europe and China step up co-operation on patents as EPO-SIPO anniversary approaches

The heads of the EPO and SIPO met in Brussels this week to discuss how to further improve and align their patent systems in order to better support innovation.

The EPO and India enhance co-operation on patents

The EPO and India signed a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral co-operation establishing a framework for structured work relations between the EPO and the Intellectual Property Office of India (IPO India)

Conference highlights growing role of patent data for business and policy-makers

Some 400 IP professionals from across the globe are gathering in Warsaw this week for the EPO's annual Patent Information Conference.

Finalisten des Europäischen Erfinderpreises - Stefan Hell und Shuji Nakamura - erhalten Nobelpreis

Nach dem ehemaligen Finalisten des Europäischen Erfinderpreises Peter Grünberg (Deutschland) werden nun auch Stefan Hell (Deutschland) und Shuji Nakamura (USA) mit dem Nobelpreis ausgezeichnet.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."


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