6 May 2011
EPO President Benoìt Battistelli, and Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), have signed an agreement today in recognition of the need for standards makers to share information to help improve the quality of patents.
The agreement will allow ITU to link its Patent Database to the EPO database containing patent documentation relevant to ITU's standardization activities. For the EPO, the agreement will improve access to documentation from the ITU allowing the EPO to further improve patent quality and legal certainty.
This is the third high-level agreement signed between the EPO and international standardisation organisations, the other two being the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA).