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European Patent Office

The European Patent Office (EPO) was set up by the European Patent Convention of 1973. It applies a single, uniform procedure to patent filings in any of its three official languages (English, French and German), and thus enables independent inventors, companies and researchers - from Europe and all over the world - to protect their inventions in a European market of over 600 million people.

Benoît Battistelli

Since July 2010, Benoît Battistelli has been President of the European Patent Office, an international organisation with 38 member states, comprising all the members of the European Union, plus a number of further countries, including Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and several Southeast European states which have yet to join the EU.

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