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International Women's Day: spotlight on female inventors

The EPO has chosen to mark International Women's Day (8 March) by highlighting the creative power of women, and is dedicating a retrospective to some of the most important female inventors of our time.

European Patent Office receives record number of patent filings

Patent filings at the European Patent Office (EPO) grew by 3.1% in 2014, hitting a new record high of over 274 000 (2013: 266 000). Among the EPO member states, the Netherlands, France and the UK showed significant growth, some countries like Germany and Sweden remained stable, while filings from countries such as Finland, Switzerland and Spain declined.

Ten years of the European Inventor Award: a retrospective look at the inventors and ideas that have changed our lives

Some things are common to all pioneering innovations, whether it's a revolutionary wall plug, complex standards such as MP3 or LTE, ground-breaking drugs that offer a ray hope in the fight against HIV and cancer, or DNA fingerprinting. They make our existence easier, save lives or constitute a quantum leap in research.

Morocco recognises European patents as national patents

The President of the EPO, Benoît Battistelli, and the Moroccan Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and the Digital Economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy announced that an agreement allowing European patents to be validated in Morocco will enter into force on 1 March 2015.

European Patent Office receives a record 273 000 patent filings in 2014, up by around 3%

The EPO received more than 273 110 patent filings in 2014, an increase of around 3% over 2013, and a new all-time high.

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 2015.

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 latest IP5 Statistics Report published this week.

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)

European Inventor Award finalists Stefan Hell and Shuji Nakamura win Nobel Prize

Hell (Germany) and Nakamura (US) join Peter Grünberg (Germany) in the ranks of European Inventor Award alumni who have gone on to become Nobel Laureates

EPO continues IT modernisation with launch of new online filing tool

The European Patent Office (EPO) today launched a new system for the online filing of patent applications as part of its efforts to improve the quality of services to its users by establishing a one-stop shop for applicants.

EPO to launch PPH pilot programmes with Canada, Mexico and Singapore

In an effort to boost innovation and trade, the European Patent Office (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.

Munich is all set for Oktoberfest 2014: thrill-packed rides thanks to patented technologies

Over six million visitors in just 16 days. More than 6.7 million litres of beer served. The world's tallest drop tower. Munich's annual Oktoberfest - which begins this year on 20 September - is a showcase of superlatives.

Nominations for the European Inventor Award 2015 open

The European Patent Office (EPO) is now calling for submissions of nominations for the European Inventor Award 2015. The award pays tribute to exceptional inventors who make a real contribution to social and technological progress and economic growth in Europe.

European patent validation agreement signed with Tunisia

Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office (EPO), and Kamel Ben Naceur, Tunisian Minister for Industry, Energy and Mines, signed an agreement on the validation of European patents for Tunisia.

Member states extend mandate of EPO President Battistelli for another three years

At the meeting, the Council expressed its continued support for the EPO's quality/efficiency strategy adopted in 2011 under President Battistelli, which is being implemented by means of five „roadmaps" in the areas of IT, co-operation, human resources, buildings and quality.

Foundation-stone laying for one of the largest construction projects in the Netherlands

New main building of the European Patent Office (EPO) at Rijswijk site

Exceptional inventors from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, UK, Japan and the US honoured with European Inventor Award 2014

The winners are: Artur Fischer (Germany) in the category "Lifetime achievement", Koen Andries/Jérôme Guillemont (Belgium/France) in "Industry", Peter Holme Jensen (Denmark) in "Small and medium-sized enterprises", Christofer Toumazou (UK) in "Research" and Charles W. ("Chuck") Hull in "Non-European countries". In addition, the Popular Prize was awarded to public favourite Masahiro Hara and his team.

EPO and KIPO review co-operation to support innovation

At their annual bilateral meeting today in Seoul, the heads of the two offices agreed on a number of new co-operation projects aimed at increasing efficiency in the patent granting process through co-ordination and training in classification practices, and improved access to patent documentation.

Vying for the Popular Prize in the European Inventor Award: Everyone can vote for their favorite inventor online

The next round of the Popular Prize, which was introduced last year in conjunction with the renowned European Inventor Award, has begun. When the European Patent Office (EPO) presents the awards on 17 June in Berlin, one of the 15 finalists will be given a special honour: While a prestigious panel of judges will decide on the other awards, the decision on which inventor takes home the Popular Prize will be decided entirely by the general public.

Fifteen finalists announced for European Inventor Award

Fifteen pioneering inventors and/or teams have been named as finalists for the European Inventor Award 2014. The prize will be presented by the European Patent Office (EPO) at a gala ceremony in Berlin on 17 June.

Patent filings at the European Patent Office reach all-time high

In 2013 the EPO received 266 000 patent filings, compared to 258 000 in 2012. The EPO granted 66 700 European patents, which was 1.6% more than in 2012 (65 600) and the highest number ever.

ASEAN member states’ IP offices and the EPO strengthen co-operation on patents

The nine Heads of ASEAN Member States Intellectual Property Offices (AMS-IPOs) and EPO President Benoît Battistelli signed their first regional Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC) today on Industrial Property with the overall aim of establishing an institutional framework for structured co-operation in the field of patents.

New peak at the European Patent Office: more than 265 000 patent filings received in 2013 (+2.8%)

The EPO received more than 265 000 patent filings in 2013. This is a 2.8% increase over 2012 (257 700 filings), and a new all-time high.


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