Business report

The patent process

In 2008, 146 500 applications were filed under the European Patent Convention, compared with 141 400 in 2007, which constitutes a 3.6 % increase.


In 2008, the EPO made further progress on bringing its core business into compliance with the internationally recognised ISO 9001 quality standard.

Patent information

2008 saw a number of major developments in the patent information field, with the launch of the new SmartSearch feature in esp@cenet and of ESPACE Global Patent Index (GPI), a worldwide patent search product.

Knowledge and learning

As the EPO's central provider for external training, the European Patent Academy continued to organise a broad range of training events for industry and patent system stakeholders.

IP and international relations

In early 2008 the Office completed technical implementation of the revised European Patent Convention (EPC 2000), and the simplified filing regime, the limitation procedure and the review procedure before the Enlarged Board of Appeal in particular are now all operational.

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