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6.3.2014
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.

27.2.2014
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.

16.1.2014
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.

17.12.2013
Patent Translate coverage complete

The EPO today added the final set of languages to its free machine translation service Patent Translate, which now offers on-the-fly-translation of patent documents for all 28 official languages of the EPO's 38 member states, plus Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian.

17.10.2013
Promoting a unified market for innovation and technology in Europe: European Patent Convention celebrates 40th anniversary

At a celebration attended by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, the European Patent Office today marked the 40th anniversary of the European Patent Convention (EPC). On 5 October 1973, the EPC was signed in Munich, establishing a legal framework for the transnational grant of patents in Europe.

30.9.2013
New study finds one in three jobs in Europe generated by IPR-intensive industries

The EPO, European Commission, and OHIM today announced the publication of the first-ever EU-wide study of the impact of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) on the European economy. The study finds that about 40% of total economic activity in the EU (some €4.7 trillion annually) is generated by IPR-intensive industries, and approximately 35% of all employment in the EU (77 million jobs) stems from such industries.

26.9.2013
Cooperation of the EPO with Russia and the Eurasian region intensifies: Language barrier in patent information removed

Russian-English machine translation for patents launched; Rospatent to take over the CPC classification system

24.9.2013
IP5 offices agree on joint PPH pilot programme

The programme will utilise both PCT and national work products and will improve the accelerated treatment of patent applications. The PPH arrangements currently operational between the IP5 Offices will be integrated in this all-inclusive scheme.

20.9.2013
Contract signed for new EPO building in The Hague

In a decisive move forward on the road to a new building in Rijswijk, the European Patent Office (EPO) today signed the contract with the winning consortium of four companies belonging to the Group TBI at the EPO's headquarters in Munich.

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