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18.1.2018
Reinforcing ties between the EPO and Japanese applicants

Organised jointly with JETRO Düsseldorf (the German branch of the Japan External Trade Organization), the seventh annual meeting between representatives of Japanese industry in Europe, JETRO and the EPO took place in Munich on 17 January 2018.

 
2.1.2018
Re-organisation set to improve quality and efficiency in EPO’s patent granting process

The EPO has completed an internal re-organisation which will enhance the efficiency of its patenting process. The move is also expected to foster the timeliness of the patent granting procedure for users and contribute to higher quality patents and services.

22.12.2017
EPO extends fast –track pilot programmes with four countries

With effect from 6 January 2018, the EPO will be extending its PPH pilot programmes with four partners around the globe, namely Canada, Israel, Mexico and Singapore, thus enabling innovators from Europe and these countries to continue obtaining patents more quickly and efficiently.

 
20.12.2017
Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO rules on disclaimers

On 18 December 2017, the Enlarged Board of Appeal issued a decision on the referral G 1/16.

 
19.12.2017
154e session du Conseil d'administration de l'Organisation européenne des brevets (Munich, les 13 et 14 décembre 2017)

Le Conseil d'administration de l'Organisation européenne des brevets a tenu sa 154e session les 13 et 14 décembre 2017 à Munich, sous la présidence de M. Christoph ERNST (DE).

 
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).

 
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