European Patent Office welcomes historic agreement on unitary patent

The European Patent Office (EPO) welcomed the adoption by the European Parliament in Strasbourg today of two draft regulations on the creation of the unitary patent, hailing it as a historic achievement.

EPO and SIPO launch Chinese-English machine translation for patents

Breaking new ground in providing access to technological information, the EPO and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) today launched the Chinese-English component of the EPO's free automatic translation service Patent Translate.

Patent Statistics for Decision Makers conference wraps up in Paris

This conference, hosted by the OECD in Paris in collaboration with the EPO, is one of the most important events for patent statistics worldwide.

Trilateral Offices celebrate 30 years of co-operation and sign declaration to further advance patent systems worldwide

The heads of the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), met in Kyoto, Japan this week for their 30th annual Trilateral Conference, signing a declaration pledging to further develop patent systems around the world through improved work-sharing.

Seven new languages added to EPO's Patent Translate service

In a move to further improve multilingual access to information contained in patent documents, the EPO today made available a second set of European languages in its free automatic translation service Patent Translate.

Bulgaria marks 10 years of membership in the European Patent Organisation

The President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Benoît Battistelli, met with representatives of government, industry and academia in Bulgaria to discuss how to further strengthen the country's patent system, and enhance co-operation between the EPO and the Bulgarian Patent Office.

Major milestone reached in preparation for 1 January 2013 launch of Cooperative Patent Classification

The EPO and USPTO are pleased to announce that the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) scheme and some finalised CPC definitions are now available in preparation for the 1 January 2013 official launch.

EPO and Liechtenstein co-operate on IP development

In his first official visit to the Principality of Liechtenstein, the President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Benoît Battistelli, met with representatives of government and industry to discuss how to maintain and enhance the role of the patent system in boosting innovation in the country.

Jury decision another milestone on road to new EPO building in Rijswijk

The EPO took a major step forward in the tender procedure for the design and construction of its new "Main Building" in Rijswijk (The Hague) when its jury met recently to select the three bids which will enter the second stage of this procedure.

EPO welcomes historic breakthrough on the unitary patent

The European Patent Office strongly welcomes the agreement reached today by EU member states on the location of the central division of the future European patent court, which removes a significant obstacle to the introduction of unitary patent protection in Europe.

Alberto Casado Cerviño appointed Vice-President of the European Patent Office

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation today appointed Alberto Casado Cerviño to the position of Vice-President of the European Patent Office.

European Inventor Award presented to outstanding inventors from Germany, France, Denmark and Australia

European Patent Office pays tribute to ground-breaking inventions in laser eye surgery, fuel cell technology, hepatitis B therapy, hearing aid devices and wireless telecommunications.

Focus on user needs is IP5 Heads' main priority

the Heads of the world's five largest intellectual property offices ("IP5") expressed their common conviction that the focus of future IP5 initiatives should be even more user-directed.

Technical Board submits questions in the "Tomato" patent case

The Technical Board of Appeal competent in the appeal proceedings related to the so-called "Tomato" patent has decided to refer further questions of law to the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO.

EPO and Russia sign agreement on machine translation of patents

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) have agreed to enhance cooperation in the promotion of innovation by enabling machine translation of patents from and into Russian.

EPO congratulates Latvian patent office on its 20th anniversary

Speaking at an international conference on intellectual property in Riga to mark the 20th anniversary of the Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia (LPO), the President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Benoît Battistelli paid tribute to the achievements of Latvia in modernising its patent system for the benefit of the national and European economy.

EPO and WIPO sign agreement to enhance co-operation

With the aim of further developing the international patent system to better support innovation in economies around the globe, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have agreed on a comprehensive three-year technical co-operation scheme.

Fifteen outstanding inventors nominated for European Inventor Award

The fifteen finalists cover the fields of medical technology and medicine, telecommunications, wastewater treatment, battery recycling, energy storage and environment, clothing, laser technology, railway manufacturing and construction.

EPO and Logica to save innovation economy tens of millions per year through world leading patent management system

Today in London, the EPO and Logica announced an important project that will contribute to significantly reducing costs and improving timeliness for the patenting process in Europe.

Brazil and EPO sign agreement to enhance co-operation on patents

Amongst other activities, the INPI and EPO will, under the agreement, exchange patent documents in Portuguese and English to create bilingual text corpora for use in the free Patent Translate service on the EPO's website. This will facilitate the filing of patent applications by Brazilian companies in Europe and by European companies in Brazil.

Željko Topić appointed vice-president at the European Patent Office

The 52-year-old Croat will be in charge of the EPO's Directorate-General Administration. He succeeds Brian McGinley of Ireland, who has retired. The appointment is for five years.

EPO honours Siemens as Europe's leading innovator in 2011

Europe defends top regional spot, with five firms among top ten - Boom in Asian filings continues

EPO and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to intensify their co-operation in the patent field

President Battistelli met the Deputy Prime Minister, the Foreign Affairs Minister and the Economy Minister in Skopje. He also reviewed bilateral co-operation activities with the Director of the State Office for Industrial Property (SOIP).

The European Patent Office and Google remove language barriers from patent documentation

In a major step to improve access to patent documents in multiple languages the European Patent Office (EPO) today launched a new machine translation service, called Patent Translate.

Economic impact of patents: EPO and OECD strengthen co-operation

With a view to furthering their co-operation on exploring the role of patents as an economic tool, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have signed a memorandum of understanding, which is valid for the next three years. The agreement was signed by EPO President Benoît Battistelli and OECD Deputy Secretary-General Richard Boucher.

JPO and the EPO agree on cooperation in the field of machine translation

The Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO), Yoshiyuki Iwai, and the President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Benoît Battistelli, have signed an agreement which will provide users of the patent system with better machine translations of patents from Japanese into English and then into German and French.

Patent thickets, patent fees and patent quality: Advisory Board sets priorities for investigations

The role and structure of fees, the importance of patent quality and challenges to the functioning of the patent system from overlapping sets of patent rights, so-called patent thickets: these are the issues to be addressed by the Economic and Scientific Advisory Board of the European Patent Office.

Patent filings – new record at European Patent Office in 2011

243 000 incoming applications up 3% on 2010. Filing levels - stabilisation in Europe; global shift towards Asia.

EPO sets up Economic and Scientific Advisory Board

Made up of internationally recognised experts with a global perspective and an emphasis on Europe, the board will advise the EPO on economic and social studies.

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