Solidarity with the victims in Berlin

We are deeply shocked and saddened by the horrific attack which took place at a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday

New security measures at EPO buildings

Additional measures now operational for visitors in the Isar building Munich and in The Hague

Carl Josefsson nommé Président des chambres de recours de l’OEB

Le Conseil d'administration de l'Organisation européenne des brevets a nommé hier M. Carl Josefsson (Suède) en qualité de Président des chambres de recours. Les États membres ont également approuvé le transfert des chambres de recours dans un nouveau bâtiment.

Croatian IP office celebrates 25th anniversary

EPO President Benoît Battistelli was in Zagreb on 9 December for a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of Croatia’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO).

L'OEB suspend les procédures dans certaines affaires liées aux biotechnologies

Cette décision fait suite à la publication de l'avis de la Commission européenne concernant la brevetabilité des végétaux et animaux obtenus par des procédés essentiellement biologiques

Event highlights Europe’s lead in climate change mitigation technologies

The role of patents in helping policy-makers meet the EU's climate objectives was the subject of an event organised by the EPO on 7 December at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Stepping up co-operation with Belgium on patent-related IT services and tools

EPO President Benoît Battistelli met with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Kris Peeters today in Brussels to discuss joint efforts to enhance patent protection and the support for innovation in Belgium and across Europe.

Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO rules on partial priorities

In its order for decision G1/15, related to the question of partial priorities and so-called toxic divisionals, the Enlarged Board of the EPO held that a generic claim encompassing alternative subject matter may not be refused partial priority, provided the alternative subject matter has been directly, at least implicitly, and unambiguously disclosed in the priority document.

EPO President welcomes UK decision to ratify UPC Agreement

The Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPC) will be ratified by the United Kingdom, according to a statement by UK Minister for IP, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, at the EU Competitiveness Council in Brussels.

Les nouveaux outils informatiques et le respect des délais au centre de la Journée des utilisateurs

La principauté de Monaco a accueilli cette semaine à Monte-Carlo la Journée des utilisateurs des services en ligne de l'OEB.

L'OEB et Monaco concluent un accord en matière de recherche de brevets

L'Office européen des brevets et la principauté de Monaco ont signé un accord en vertu duquel l'OEB effectuera des recherches concernant des demandes de brevet national pour le compte de l'Office monégasque des brevets.

Patent information strategy outlined at annual conference

President Benoît Battistelli has outlined the four cornerstones of the Office's patent information policy in his opening speech at the EPO Patent Information Conference, currently underway in Madrid.

Joint EPO-EUIPO study highlights economic benefits of IP for Europe

The EPO and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) today published their second EU-wide study of the impact of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) on the European economy in terms of GDP, employment, wages and trade.

EPO steps up co-operation with Brazil

The European Patent Office and the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Service of Brazil have agreed to increase their co-operation in the field of patents.

EPO Social Conference: Discussing the way forward for the Office

Staff members, staff representatives, trade union and the EPO's Administrative Council gathered to discuss the outcome of recent studies on the EPO's social and financial situation, and occupational health and working conditions.

International co-operation agreements signed in Geneva

Three Memoranda of Understanding were signed with the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO) relating to Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC), the extension of EPOQUE Net (the EPO's professional online patent search tool) until the end of 2018, and a two-year work plan covering CPC training, data exchange, the future Espacenet and outreach activities.

Annual EPO-SIPO Heads Meeting: President Battistelli hosts Commissioner Shen in France

The visit was held on the occasion of the annual EPO-SIPO Heads of Offices meeting, this year hosted by the EPO in Europe.

EPO and CPVO exchange practices on patenting of plant-related inventions and plant variety protection

Technical and legal experts from the EPO and the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) took part in a joint workshop to exchange information on plant-related patents and plant variety rights.

EPO hosts high-level delegation from Cambodia

A delegation from the Kingdom of Cambodia visited the EPO in Munich today to discuss developments in the European and Cambodian patent systems.

Sadness following the Italian earthquake

The staff and management of the European Patent Office were deeply saddened to hear the news of the heavy earthquake that hit central Italy early Wednesday morning.

Message of solidarity following the Munich attack

The staff and management of the European Patent Office are deeply shocked and saddened by the news of the terrible attack which took place in Munich on Friday, 22 July 2016.

Social report 2015 published

The EPO has published its Social Report 2015, which provides a comprehensive overview of staff and working conditions at the Office.

Statement of the President of the European Patent Office on the terrorist attack in Nice

The European Patent Office - its employees, managers and all staff - are deeply shocked and saddened by the terrorist attack which took place in Nice on Thursday, 14 July 2016.

Boosting patenting by SMEs and universities from Latvia and Malta

The EPO signed two agreements at the end of June with the national patent offices of Latvia and Malta to improve conditions for small businesses from these countries seeking to protect their inventions through patents.

Conference reveals strong support for Unitary Patent package

At a conference organized by Premier Cercle hosted at the European Patent Office's headquarters in Munich today, leading experts gathered to discuss the latest state of play of the Unitary Patent package and the potential implications of the vote in the UK in favour of leaving the European Union.

Greater independence and improved efficiency for the EPO’s Boards of Appeal

Approved with an overwhelming majority of votes the member states of the European Patent Organisation accepted a comprehensive reform proposal of the Office to strengthen the perception of the BoA's independence, in particular by increasing their managerial autonomy, and to improve their efficiency.

EPO launches fast-track patent examination with Australia

The EPO and the Intellectual Property Office of Australia (IP Australia) have launched today their joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme to enable accelerated treatment of patent applications in both regions.

Examination fees: refunds for withdrawals

From 1 July 2016, applicants will be able to enjoy a 100% refund on their examination fee for any application they withdraw, or which is refused or deemed withdrawn, before substantive examination has begun.

Solidarity with the people of Turkey

The staff and management of the European Patent Office are shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the terrible attacks at Istanbul airport on Tuesday night.

Référendum au Royaume-Uni - Déclaration du Président Battistelli

L'OEB attire l'attention sur le fait que le résultat du référendum n'a aucune conséquence sur l'appartenance du Royaume-Uni à l'Organisation européenne des brevets, pas plus que sur l'effet des brevets européens au Royaume-Uni.

Message of Solidarity from the EPO to the people of the United States

EPO President Benoit Battistelli has today sent the following message of condolence to Michelle Lee, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), following recent events in Orlando

Early Certainty: New opposition procedure from 1 July

The streamlined opposition procedure will see the duration of opposition cases drop to just 15 months for straightforward cases

Des inventeurs d’exception remportent le Prix de l’inventeur européen 2016

Bereits zum elften Mal wurde der jährlich vom EPA vergebene Preis vergeben. Er zeichnet herausragende Erfinder aus Europa und der ganzen Welt aus, die einen außergewöhnlichen Beitrag zu sozialer Entwicklung, technologischem Fortschritt und wirtschaftlichem Wachstum geleistet haben.

EPO is number one for quality, survey says

The independent survey, carried out by IAM magazine, found the EPO yet again performed best among the world’s five largest patent offices (IP5) for patent quality and service for the fifth annual survey in a row.

IP5 heads of office and industry renew their co-operation

The meetings took stock of developments in key areas such as the Global Dossier, the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), Common Citation Document (CCD) and patent harmonisation to name but a few areas.

Simulation d'un dépôt en ligne avec le brevet unitaire

Les utilisateurs peuvent faire parvenir leurs remontées d'informations à l'adresse uppolffeedback@epo.org d'ici le 31 juillet 2016. Nous rappelons que la démonstration ne fait que simuler et tester la procédure et que celle-ci ne produit en l'occurrence aucun effet.

Le Président de l’OEB a rendu visite au Maroc

Benoît Battistelli, Président de l'Office européen des brevets, participait lundi 16 mai, à Casablanca (Maroc), à une conférence sur le thème de « la valorisation des brevets et le transfert de technologie.

Europe's patent information centres meet in Helsinki

Representatives of national patent offices and patent information centres from 37 countries across Europe and beyond are gathering in Helsinki this week to explore how to improve services to companies, universities, and inventors in support of innovation.

15 finalistes aux innovations révolutionnaires nommés pour le Prix de l’inventeur européen 2016

Les 15 finalistes du Prix de l'inventeur européen annoncés aujourd'hui par l'OEB ont tous amélioré nos vies quotidiennes et participé à créer de la valeur et des emplois en Europe et dans le monde.

EPO and epi to co-operate on training

EPO President Benoît Battistelli has yesterday met with a delegation from the Institute of Professional Representatives (epi) and signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the training of professional representatives.

EPO President meets with UK intellectual property minister

The UK's Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe, and EPO President Benoît Battistelli met in London on 7 April to discuss recent developments in patents in Europe and around the globe.

Normal functioning of the EPO during strike on 7 April 2016

Suite à un vote relatif à l'organisation d'une grève, certains agents de l'OEB exerceront probablement leur droit de grève le 7 avril 2016.

Solidarity with the victims in Brussels

The staff and the management of the European Patent Office are deeply shocked and saddened by the abhorrent terrorist attacks which took place in Brussels today, 22 March 2016.

Reduction in search fee to benefit small and medium-sized businesses

The reduction applies to searches carried out by the EPO on national filings by small and medium-sized enterprises, universities and independent inventors.

Les demandes de brevets européens continuent de progresser en 2015

Le nombre de dépôts de brevet enregistrés auprès de l’OEB a progressé de 1,6% en 2015, à près de 279 000 (2014 : 274 000). Un chiffre record, qui prouve une nouvelle fois que les entreprises du monde entier recherchent de plus en plus la protection d’un brevet.

Accord historique entre l'OEB et un syndicat

L'Office européen des brevets (OEB) a formellement reconnu le rôle des syndicats en tant que partenaires sociaux, via un protocole d'accord signé aujourd'hui avec la FFPE-EPO, un syndicat de la fonction publique européenne.

Closer co-operation with Rospatent

On the occasion of a visit to the EPO in Munich by Grigory Petrovich Ivliev, the new Director General of Rospatent (the Russian Federal Service for IP), the two institutions have committed to further strengthen their co-operation.

EPO and CPVO agree on bilateral co-operation

The two organisations agreed to further strengthen their relationship through the exchange of information in the area of plant-related patents and plant variety rights. The Arrangement was signed in Munich, where the CPVO delegation, led by President Martin Ekvad, was welcomed by EPO President Benoît Battistelli.

Lancement de PATSTAT Online

L’OEB a le plaisir d'annoncer le lancement de PATSTAT Online, une nouvelle interface basée sur l'Internet qui permet d'exécuter des requêtes dans PATSTAT, la base de données statistiques de l’OEB relative aux brevets, et d'effectuer des analyses statistiques.

L'OEB convient de lancer un programme de traitement accéléré des demandes de brevet avec la Colombie

L'OEB a lancé un programme de traitement accéléré des demandes de brevet avec la Colombie.

Enquêtes de satisfaction auprès des utilisateurs en 2016

UAB BERENT Research Baltic is currently conducting telephone interviews, asking users general questions about search and examination and specific questions on patent applications searched in 2015. For the patent administration part, the survey will be done online.

Yann Ménière est le nouvel économiste en chef de l'OEB

Yann Ménière est professeur d'économie en congé de MINES ParisTech, où il était titulaire de la chaire "Propriété intellectuelle et marchés de la technologie" avant de rejoindre l'OEB.

Artur Fischer : un grand inventeur à la personnalité fascinante

C'est avec une profonde tristesse que j'ai appris le décès d'Artur Fischer à l'âge de 96 ans, le 27 janvier, dans sa ville de Waldachtal (Forêt-Noire). En reconnaissance de ses accomplissements, l'Office européen des brevets a décerné à Artur Fischer le Prix de l'inventeur européen 2014 dans la catégorie "Oeuvre d'une vie".

Forte hausse des performances de l'OEB en 2015

Dans un contexte de croissance de la demande de protection par brevet en Europe, les 4 200 examinateurs de l'OEB ont généré au total 365 000 "produits" (de recherche et d'examen), soit un record qui surpasse de 14 % les chiffres de 2014.

Entrée en vigueur du programme PACE révisé le 1er janvier 2016

Le programme PACE révisé permet d'optimiser le système existant, de réduire les délais de traitement et d'assurer une plus grande cohérence avec l'initiative "Early Certainty from Search" (ECfS) de l'OEB relative à la hiérarchisation des priorités.

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