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PATLIB key visual
Sep
19  -  20
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Patent knowledge
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00:47
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Ask.UP // Episode 5
Are Unitary Patents really good for small businesses?
Unitary patent/Unified Patent Court
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04:04
English
EPAC 2024
European patent administration certification enrolment is ongoing until 12 August
Learning
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21:44
English
Annual Review 2023
A year of quality, inclusivity and co-operation
Transparency & reporting
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01:28
English
Lifetime Achievement laureate
Carol Robinson wins the Lifetime Achievement award at the European Inventor Award 2024
European Inventor Award

Quality – our commitment to excellence

Challenging ourselves to achieve even higher levels of quality

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