The mission of the
European Patent Office (EPO) - the patent-granting authority for Europe - is to
support innovation, competitiveness and economic growth
for the benefit of the citizens of Europe.
carrying out its mission, the EPO strives to:
- set patent
protection standards which respond to the needs of the system's users
- maintain its
position as a global player in the international patent world, setting a
benchmark for best patent practice
- as one of the
world's leading providers of technical information, help to promote a knowledge-based society in Europe
- stand out as a
model international public-service organisation.