Europe embarks on a new era of patent protection

The Unitary Patent system enters into operation

EPO and ASTP sign Memorandum of Understanding

Future collaboration to strengthen European and global innovation networks.

Tomorrow Shapers: 2023 Young Inventors Prize finalists announced

Innovators shape the future with solutions in education, clean water and wildlife conservation

Fighting fire by sharing knowledge

EPO launches new platform to make innovation in this field more accessible to all

PATLIB2023 conference

Further strengthening the PATLIB network, fostering new synergies in the innovation landscape.

New case studies highlight how innovation fights cancer

Three new case studies on cancer technologies illustrate best practices in IP management and strategy

European Inventor Award 2023 finalists announced

Finalists representing 12 countries to be honoured at ceremony on 4 July

EPO President António Campinos visits OMPIC

Promoting sustainability throughout the IP world

Evaluation of the feedback on the Guidelines 2023

SACEPO Working Party on Guidelines discusses users’ comments and improvements

Girls´ Day at the EPO

EPO events in Munich and The Hague aim to inspire girls to follow careers in STEM and sustainable innovation.

EPO President visits Türkiye

Last week, President Campinos was in Türkiye to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), as well as participate in the Istanbul International Inventions Fair 2023

Bundled information on the Unitary Patent

Serving users with a supplementary edition of the OJ

Modernised legal texts are now the official versions

The newly formatted versions of the EPO's legal texts on are now the official versions of the texts. Following a one-month transition period, the older versions have now been removed from the website.

EPO and OAPI heads of office bilateral meeting

EPO President and OAPI Director General meet to discuss validation agreement

EPO and EIB to conduct a study on clean and sustainable technologies

The study will assess how sustainable- and clean-tech companies in Europe and the US commercialise products and services and create economic value.

Winning artists announced

The EPO has commissioned two artists to transform old paper patent applications into exciting new artworks for The Hague and Munich

Public consultation on the EPO’s next Strategic Plan (SP2028)

The EPO invites stakeholders and the public to provide feedback by 15 May

First EPAC results are out

Successful completion of the very first European patent administration certification cycle

Tailoring our patent information products and services to users’ changing needs

SACEPO working party convenes to discuss recent advances and future developments in the EPO’s tools and documentation.  

Innovation stays strong: patent applications in Europe continue to grow in 2022

The European Patent Office (EPO) received 193 460 applications in 2022, an increase of 2.5% on the previous year and a new record.

Easy access to EPO legal texts on any device

Your feedback will help us make further improvements

10 years of Cooperative Patent Classification marked

President Campinos: CPC now the most powerful classification system in the world

European qualifying examination 2023 completed

2 148 candidates of 58 nationalities participated in this year’s European qualifying examination (EQE).

Digital transformation & Unitary Patent: users updated

Members of SACEPO Working Party on Rules discussed latest changes

EPO-JETRO annual meeting

European Patent Office receives delegation from the Japan External Trade Organization

Inspiring inventors – Elena García Armada

Meet the expert behind the first adaptable robotic exoskeleton for children

EPO discusses digitalisation at eighth eSACEPO meeting

User representatives from Europe, China, Japan, Korea and the United States met online to exchange on digital transformation in the patent grant process and advances in online services.

EPO commemorates International Women’s Day

Theme for 2023 puts spotlight on innovation and gender equality

EPO and European Commission sign agreement on Unitary Patent

Working arrangement covers data sharing and cooperation activities

Greece train crash

EPO staff and management express their sympathy for the victims

Guidelines for Examination 2023 enter into force

The latest EPC and PCT-EPO Guidelines enter into force on 1 March 2023, with the public user consultation continuing until 4 April.

EPO announces CodeFest winners

Outstanding solutions highlight the potential of machine learning for identifying sustainable innovation in the field of plastics.

New Patent Filing Tool in Spain and Lithuania

First two countries implement filing tool

The Unitary Patent is to become a reality

Germany has deposited its instrument of UPCA ratification.

First training for all UPC appointed judges

Five days of intense sessions in Budapest.

Second public consultation on the EPO Observatory

Share your input before 10 March and help steer the Observatory’s key topics, tools and activities.

Pan-European Seal Young Professionals Programme expands network of partner universities

110th network member joins, as 9th edition of programme launches.

Earthquake in Türkiye and Syria

EPO staff and management express their sympathy for the victims.

CodeFest on Green Plastics: Finalists announced

The countdown begins to the online award ceremony on 23 February, when the winners will be revealed.

Tell us your views on the latest EPC and PCT-EPO Guidelines

Users have until 4 April 2023 to provide their input on the Guidelines published today.

Quantum computing technologies on the rise

New EPO study reveals strong increase in the number of inventions in the field of quantum computing.

Patent grants up 10% at IP5 offices in 2021

The world’s five largest intellectual property offices publish their latest statistics report.

Kids’ collaborative art competition

Opportunity for primary school children to express their dreams of a more sustainable world.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the EPC

This year, the European Patent Office (EPO) celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the European patent system.

German Constitutional Court decision on EPO appeal system

The German Federal Constitutional Court has published a decision today confirming that the EPO’s appeal system provides independent and effective judicial relief, as required by the German constitution for courts of international organisations

Hydrogen patents shift towards clean technologies with Europe and Japan in the lead

Latest EPO-IEA report is the most comprehensive and up-to-date study of global trends in hydrogen technologies

EPO and Peru IP Office make their PPH fast-track programme permanent

Following a successful 3-year pilot, the Patent Prosecution Highway programme between the EPO and the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Intellectual Property Protection (Peru) (INDECOPI) became permanent on 2 January 2023.


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