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4.9.2014
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.

25.7.2014
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.

4.7.2014
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.

27.6.2014
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.

25.6.2014
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

17.6.2014
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.

3.6.2014
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.

30.5.2014
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.

6.5.2014
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, considered Europe’s “Oscars of Technology and Innovation”, will be presented by the European Patent Office (EPO) at a gala ceremony in Berlin on 17 June.

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.

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