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The patent process

The number of requests for a European patent filed with the EPO rose more slowly in 2007.


In 2007, work continued on building a quality management system based on the International Organization for Standardization's ISO 9001 standard.

Patent information

In 2007 the Office reformulated its patent information policy, putting a new emphasis on barrier-free access to patent information, so that it can now make not only its data but also its search tools available to the public.

Knowledge and learning

The European Patent Academy supports innovation in Europe by promoting and participating in education and training events for industry and patent system users and others.

IP and international relations

The revised European Patent Convention (EPC 2000), adopted by the diplomatic conference of November 2000, entered into force for all its contracting states on 13 December 2007.

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