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31.7.2020
Summary published for user consultation on EPO Guidelines

The EPO has published the statistical summary of almost 150 submissions received from users in the first ever public consultation on the EPC and PCT-EPO Guidelines.

 
31.7.2020
Celebrating diversity throughout Europe

To mark LGBT+ pride in Amsterdam, the EPO raises the rainbow flag at its office in the Netherlands

 
24.7.2020
IP5 agree to strengthen co-operation to tackle global challenges

The heads of the world's five largest intellectual property offices (IP5) convened for their 13th annual meeting, the first to be conducted by video conference, to take stock of major achievements in their co-operation initiatives over the past year, and address the priorities for IP5 co-operation in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
22.7.2020
EPO President meets with Ibero-American IPOs

On Wednesday 15 July the President of the EPO, António Campinos, met with the Heads of the Ibero-American intellectual property offices. The virtual meeting replaced the annual EPO-IMPI joint event usually held in Geneva in the fringes of the WIPO General Assemblies.

21.7.2020
Interest in 3D printing strongly on the rise

Joint EPO and EUIPO 3D printing conference draws participants from Europe and beyond

 
17.7.2020
Record numbers of oral proceedings by VICO in 2020

So far this year over 1000 oral proceedings have been held by videoconference

 
16.7.2020
Joint message from the EPO and the KIPO on COVID-19

In the face of the unprecedented global challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the EPO and the KIPO stand united in expressing their deepest sympathy with the families of the COVID-19 victims, and understanding for our users, who are experiencing hardships - whether directly or indirectly - in their daily lives.

16.7.2020
Committed to common solutions to global challenges – a joint message from the EPO and the JPO

The EPO and the JPO express their deepest sympathy for the loss of life resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and declare their solidarity with all those suffering personal and economic hardships.

13.7.2020
Europe is a global hub for innovation in 3D printing

EPO’s latest landscaping study entitled “Patents and additive manufacturing – Trends in 3D printing technologies” demonstrates that innovation in this field is surging across multiple industries.

 
11.7.2020
Flying the flag with pride

The EPO raises the rainbow flag at its premises in Munich and The Hague

 
30.6.2020
EPO’s Annual Review 2019 published: progress made on strategic plan

Published in a new format and replacing the former Annual Report, the review outlines the main achievements and activities carried out under each of the five goals of the Office's Strategic Plan 2023, adopted in June 2019.

 
30.6.2020
Joint statement of EPO and CNIPA on response to COVID-19

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) stand in full solidarity with all those affected by COVID-19.

26.6.2020
Fighting coronavirus – EPO supports researchers with patent information

The EPO has published the first two parts of a series of resources designed to help researchers and decision-makers benefit from patent information in their fight against coronavirus.

 
16.6.2020
Engaging with users on the EPO Guidelines

Representatives of user associations and other experts have been meeting on 3 occasions these last weeks with EPO management and experts in the framework of the Standing Advisory Committee before the EPO.

 
9.6.2020
EPO receives top marks for quality of its patents and services

The EPO has for the ninth consecutive time been ranked number one among the world's largest patent offices by users for the quality of its patents and services in Intellectual Asset Management (IAM)'s latest annual benchmarking survey.

5.6.2020
For nature: EPO marks World Environment Day

The EPO today celebrates World Environment Day. Hosted annually since 1974, the event draws participants in over 140 countries and encourages policy makers, businesses, and individuals to focus on important environmental issues.

 
28.5.2020
EPO mourns with Spain over lives lost

The management and staff of the EPO wishes to express their deepest sympathy for the people of Spain

 
21.5.2020
Conference to mark 100th anniversary of the Latvian Patent Office highlights role of IP in supporting economic growth

At an international conference today on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia, delegates paid tribute to the country's achievements in building up a solid intellectual property (IP) system, and discussed the importance of IP in supporting future innovation and economic growth.

 
19.5.2020
Oral proceedings by video conference: new FAQ and training material available

The EPO today published new guidance for users on how to conduct a hearing via video conference (ViCo).

 
14.5.2020
Enlarged BoA issues opinion on EPO President’s referral on plant and animal patentability exception

Today the Enlarged Board of Appeal, the highest level of judicial authority at the European Patent Office (EPO), issued its opinion G 3/19 on questions related to the patentability of plants and animals.

 

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