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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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

António Campinos elected next EPO President

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, meeting in Munich today under the chairmanship of Christoph Ernst, has elected António Campinos to succeed Benoît Battistelli as President of the European Patent Office (EPO).

EPO enhances international co-operation role during WIPO Assemblies

EPO signs PPH agreement with Brazil in Geneva last week and secures date for entry into force of new Validation Agreement with Tunisia.

EPO welcomes Brazil into family of Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) partner offices

The EPO and Brazil have agreed to launch a joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme to enable work-sharing and accelerate patent prosecution at both offices, with the aim of improving the global IP system, supporting applicants and encouraging innovation.

L'OEB et l’OEAB entament leur programme d’examen accéléré des brevets

Les inventeurs et les entreprises qui demandent une protection par brevet auprès de l’OEB et de l’Office eurasien des brevets (OEAB) peuvent désormais bénéficier d’un examen accéléré des brevets auprès des deux offices, suite à l’entrée en vigueur du programme pilote commun "Patent Prosecution Highway" (PPH).

Brevets européens en Tunisie : L’accord de validation entre l’OEB et la Tunisie entrera en vigueur le 1er décembre

Le Président de l'Office européen des brevets, Benoît Battistelli, et la Directrice générale de l'Institut national de la normalisation et de la propriété industrielle (INNORPI) de Tunisie, Madame Amel Ben Farhat, ont annoncé aujourd'hui qu'à partir du 1er décembre, un brevet européen sera considéré comme un brevet national tunisien.

Les chambres de recours prennent leurs fonctions dans leur nouveau bâtiment

Le déménagement des chambres de recours, qui quittent le siège de l'OEB (bâtiment Isar) pour un bâtiment distinct, s'inscrit dans un ensemble complet de réformes adoptées par le Conseil d'administration en juin 2016 et qui visent à renforcer la perception d'indépendance et l'efficacité des chambres.

Event on the role of patents in advancing climate change mitigation technologies

Some 100 experts from industry, government, international organisations, universities and research institutes, and technology transfer centres met in Athens last week to discuss some of the challenges and recent successes in developing and deploying new technologies to mitigate climate change.

Une nouvelle publication souligne l’importance des brevets pour les PME européennes

Cette publication vise à sensibiliser les PME à l'importance des brevets, et à les aider à tirer parti des expériences et bonnes pratiques des entreprises présentées dans les études de cas.

Solidarity with the victims in Barcelona

The Management and staff of the European Patent Office are deeply shocked and saddened by news of the horrific attack which took place in Barcelona on Thursday, 17 August 2017.

Publication du Bilan social 2016 de l'OEB

L'OEB a publié son Bilan social 2016, qui offre une vue d'ensemble complète des effectifs et des conditions de travail à l’OEB.

Alberto Casado Cerviño to head new EPO Directorate-General Patent Granting Process

The Administrative Council of the EPO has extended the portfolio of activities of Vice-President Alberto Casado Cerviño. He will head the new Directorate-General Patent Granting Process at the EPO, which results from an internal reorganisation.

Strike participation rates

In accordance with the rights guaranteed to EPO staff, a small proportion of the EPO's workforce observed their right to strike on Friday 30 June and Monday 3 July. A low rate of participation by staff was registered.

Businesses eager for Unitary Patent to start in early 2018

Users voice strong support for the Unitary Patent package at conference in Munich

L'OEB publie son tout premier rapport sur la qualité

Ce rapport exhaustif, qui contient une série détaillée d’indicateurs de qualité, vise à rendre plus transparents les effets de cette politique.

Fast-track patent examination launched with Malaysia and the Philippines

On 1 July the EPO launched Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programmes with the patent offices of Malaysia and the Philippines to enable work-sharing and accelerated treatment of patent applications.


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