A look back at the history of the European Patent Convention, the Organisation and the Office.
50 years European Patent Convention
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European Patent Convention signed in Munich and European Patent Office begins work.
EPO grants first patents and first ESPACE CD-ROMs produced.
EPOQUE provides electronic search tools and Espacenet launched.
First patent applications filed online and Munich Diplomatic Conference adopts EPC revisions (EPC 2000).
European Parliament approves legislation to create Unitary Patent and 25 EU member states sign Agreement on Unified Patent Court.
Digitalisation of workflows massively accelerates in light of COVID-19 pandemic