50 years European Patent Convention

On-site + Online
50 years EPC event

2023 marks a momentous milestone, as the European Patent Office (EPO) celebrates 50 years since the signing of the European Patent Convention – the cornerstone of a unified European patent system that fosters shared progress and prosperity.

Our yearlong programme of celebrations culminates in a major hybrid event on Thursday 5 October, 50 years to the day since the signing of the European Patent Convention. Programme highlights include sessions dedicated to inspirational inventors, expert roundtables on how inclusive innovation is contributing to a more sustainable world and an award ceremony for the winners of the Kids’ collaborate art competition.

The event will be streamed live on and social media. On-site participation is by invitation only at our premises in Munich and The Hague.

To register to attend the livestream, please click the button below.

Event details

Past event
9:30 - 16:00 h
Livestream on and social media


Moderator: on-site: Fernando Tiberini
09.30 – 09.45 hrs Welcome and official opening
09.45 – 10.30 hrs

Opening speeches
Opening speeches by EPO President António Campinos and several international dignitaries. 

António Campinos, President of the European Patent Office
Rumen Radev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria ​(live from Isar 102 in Munich)
Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany (video message)
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission (video message)
Micky Adriaansens, Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of The Netherlands (live from the Auditorium in The Hague)
Alexander Schallenberg, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria (video message)
Carl Josefsson, President of the Board of Appeals
Josef Kratochvíl, Chairperson of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation and President of the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic (live from Isar 102 in Munich)

10.30 – 11.00 hrs

Kids´ Collaborative Art Competition Award ceremony
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation of Iceland
Hem Vanndy, Minister of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation of Cambodia
Professor Wolfgang Heckl, Director General, Deutsches Museum, Munich

11.00 - 11.30 hrs

Coffee break

11.30 – 12.30 hrs

Inventors and EPO Staff Collaborate Towards a Sustainable World 

12.30 – 12.45 hrs

Closing of the morning
Christoph Ernst, Vice-President Legal/ International Affairs

12.45 – 14.30 hrs

Lunch break

14.30 – 15.55 hrs

Parallel roundtable discussions

14.30 – 15.10 hrs

Technologies for a sustainable future
Unique insights into the latest innovation and policy initiatives for a net-zero future, a healthier climate and more sustainable patterns of production.

Moderator: Manuel Walther, Patent Examiner in Medical Injection & Infusion

Simon Bennett, Energy Technology Analyst, International Energy Agency

Christoph Gürtler, Head of Catalysis Program, Covestro / RWTH Aachen University and European Inventor Award finalist 2021

Jennifer Rupp, Professor of Chemistry and Solid-state Electrolytes, Technical University Munich

Catia Bastioli, Chief Executive Officer, Novamont, and European Inventor Award finalist 2007

We have lift-off: How space technologies change life on Earth
Explore the latest exciting developments in space technology, from the world’s largest telescopes to artificial intelligence for space missions.  

Moderator: Julian Mihé, Patent Examiner in Gas Turbines

Xavier Barcons, Director, European Southern Observatory

Ilaria Cinelli, Space Healthcare Expert and Institutional Business Developer

Laurent Lestarquit, GNSS Signal Expert, Centre National D’Etudes Spatiales and European Inventor Award winner 2017  

Anna Gregorio, Associate Professor, University of Trieste, Department of Physics

15.10 – 15.55 hrs

Innovation for everyone’s well-being
A snapshot of how advances in medical and digital technologies, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology are transforming the future of healthcare. 

Moderator: Helena Domingues, Patent Examiner in Immunology

Claudiu Hidas, Chief Executive Officer, munevo AG

Jens Zehetner, Franchise Director, Merck, Sharp & Dome

Jérôme Galon, Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale and European Inventor Award Winner 2019

Madiha Derouazi, Member of the Board of Directors, LiTao Biotech SA and European Inventor Award Winner 2022

Talking digital 
As digital technologies become increasingly woven into the fabric of society, from our communication systems, industries and economies to entire smart cities, how will they transform the future next? 

Moderator: Georgia Tseliou, Patent Examiner in Wireless and Data Networks

Hamano Koichi, Commissioner, Japan Patent Office

Claudia Tapia, President, 4iP Council and Director IPR Policy and Legal Economic Research, Ericsson

Sophie Wilson, Broadcom and European Inventor Award finalist 2013

Bastian Best, European Patent Attorney and AI Expert

Carles Puente, Fractus Founder, Professor IPR Management, UPC and European Inventor Award Finalist 2014

15.55 – 16.00  hrs


* Please note that the time zone for the programme is CEST. 


We regret to inform you that all available spots for the in-person event have been filled. However, you can still secure your virtual attendance by registering through this link.

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