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EPO and CPVO exchange practices on patenting of plant-related inventions and plant variety protection

Technical and legal experts from the EPO and the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) took part in a joint workshop to exchange information on plant-related patents and plant variety rights.

EPO hosts high-level delegation from Cambodia

A delegation from the Kingdom of Cambodia visited the EPO in Munich today to discuss developments in the European and Cambodian patent systems.

Message of solidarity following the Munich attack

The staff and management of the European Patent Office are deeply shocked and saddened by the news of the terrible attack which took place in Munich on Friday, 22 July 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Référendum au Royaume-Uni - Déclaration du Président Battistelli

L'OEB attire l'attention sur le fait que le résultat du référendum n'a aucune conséquence sur l'appartenance du Royaume-Uni à l'Organisation européenne des brevets, pas plus que sur l'effet des brevets européens au Royaume-Uni.

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

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

Des inventeurs d’exception remportent le Prix de l’inventeur européen 2016

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.

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.

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.

Simulation d'un dépôt en ligne avec le brevet unitaire

Les utilisateurs peuvent faire parvenir leurs remontées d'informations à l'adresse uppolffeedback@epo.org d'ici le 31 juillet 2016. Nous rappelons que la démonstration ne fait que simuler et tester la procédure et que celle-ci ne produit en l'occurrence aucun effet.

Le Président de l’OEB a rendu visite au Maroc

Benoît Battistelli, Président de l'Office européen des brevets, participait lundi 16 mai, à Casablanca (Maroc), à une conférence sur le thème de « la valorisation des brevets et le transfert de technologie.


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