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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

EPO and Monaco agree on promoting IP development

In his first official visit to the Principality of Monaco, EPO President Benoît Battistelli met His Excellency the Minister of State, Michel Roger, Finance and Economy Minister Jean Castellini and other representatives of government and industry to discuss the role of patents in supporting innovation in Monaco and Europe.

A new building for the EPO in The Hague

The European Patent Office (EPO) announced today that a consortium of four companies belonging to the Group TBI, one of the largest construction, mechanical and electrical services companies in the Netherlands, in co-operation with two leading architectural firms, namely Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Paris) and Dam & Partners Architecten (Amsterdam), has won an international competition to design and construct its new "Main Building" in Rijswijk (The Hague), the Netherlands.

Six new languages added to Patent Translate

The EPO today made another set of European languages available in its free machine translation service Patent Translate. With the addition of Bulgarian, Czech, Icelandic, Romanian, Slovak and Slovenian, the service now offers on-the-fly-translation from and into English for 21 languages.

The EPO and Morocco strengthen their partnership on patents

EPO President Benoît Battistelli and the Director-General of the Moroccan Industrial and Commercial Property Office (OMPIC), Adil Elmaliki, have signed a set of co-operation agreements to strengthen the patent system in both Morocco and Europe.

Unitary patent in the spotlight in talks with German Justice Minister

German Federal Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger met with EPO President Benoît Battistelli at the EPO headquarters in Munich today to discuss developments in the European patent system, and in particular the future unitary patent.

European Patent Network gathered in Iceland to foster cooperation about innovation in Europe

The EPO, the member states of the European Patent Organisation and the OHIM in its observer capacity met in Reykjavik on 11/12 June to discuss how to bring co-operation forward in order to improve the quality and efficiency of the European patent system, and thus better serve industry.

EPO and IEEE Standards Association announce renewed co-operation

A renewed Memorandum of Understanding further strengthens the co-operation between the EPO and leading standards organisation IEEE-SA

World’s Five Largest Intellectual Property Offices (IP5) Meet in Silicon Valley

During the meeting, the heads renewed their commitment to develop the "Global Dossier," a system to simplify the viewing and management of applications filed in the IP5 Offices. The heads also agreed to adopt the Global Classification Initiative, a new effort to harmonize patent classification.

Japanese-English machine translation for patents goes live

In another significant move to break down the language barriers to technological information, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) today announced the launch of the Japanese-English component of the EPO's automatic translation service Patent Translate.

Europe and China agree to use same patent classification system (CPC)

EPO and SIPO sign a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation in patent classification

European Inventor Award 2013 goes to outstanding inventors from Austria, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and the US

The European Patent Office today announced the winners of the European Inventor Award 2013, which honours outstanding inventors for their contribution to social, economic and technological progress.

EPO and IEC agree to cooperate on standards and patents

The EPO and the International Electrotechnical Commission have agreed to work closely together by facilitating the EPO use of IEC's standardisation documents in all phases of its patenting process.

Fifteen pioneering inventors nominated for European Inventor Award

This year's nominees cover the fields of medical technology, pharmaceuticals, optics, metallurgy, electronics, computers and LCD technology. They originate from nine European and two non-European countries. The 15 finalists were selected by a prominent international jury from 160 inventors and teams originally put forward.

EPO Advisory Board publishes recommendations for improving the patent system

The EPO's Economic and Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB) has drawn up recommendations for improving the patent system, based on the main findings from the Board's 2012 activities.

2012 – a record year for the European Patent Office

The number of patent filings at the European Patent Office (EPO) originating from the 38 EPO member states reached a new peak, beating the previous record set in 2008.

All-time high for activities of the European Patent Office in 2012: 258 000 filings (+5.7% over 2011) and 65 700 granted patents (+5.8%)

With 63% of the filings, a clear majority came from non-European countries (2011: 62%), while the share from the 38 EPO member states was 37% (2011: 38%).

EPO and USPTO launch Cooperative Patent Classification

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today launched the Cooperative Patent Classification scheme (CPC), a global classification system for patent documents.

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