2020

23.10.2020
Meeting of the SACEPO Working Party on Rules

As part of continued efforts to consult, inform and engage its users, the EPO recently hosted a videoconference with the Standing Advisory Committee (SACEPO) Working Party on Rules.

20.10.2020
Joint communiqué - EPO-CNIPA pilot starts on 01 December, 2020

Chinese patent applicants will be able to designate EPO as ISA, giving them an additional option for their international search

 
8.10.2020
EPO-USPTO co-operation to support innovators

EPO President António Campinos met with Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Andrei Iancu.

8.10.2020
EPO celebrates Just Peace Month in The Hague

This year, the EPO is a partner for the first time of Just Peace Month, organised by the city of The Hague.

 
1.10.2020
EPO and IEA team up to shed light on trends in sustainable energy technologies

The EPO and the International Energy Agency (IEA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral co-operation with the aim of promoting innovation in sustainable energy technologies.

1.10.2020
Strengthening ties with the Japan Patent Office

EPO President António Campinos met with the Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO), Toshihide Kasutani, who took office on 20 July 2020.

 
28.9.2020
EPO marks EMAS 25th anniversary

The Office today celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

 
28.9.2020
Introducing Inventors Revisited, the new EPO video and podcast series

The Office today has published Inventors Revisited, a new video and podcast series in which the EPO reconnects with former finalists and winners of the European Inventor Award.

 
22.9.2020
EPO-IEA study: rapid rise in battery innovation playing key role in clean energy transition

Improving the capacity to store electricity is playing a key role in the transition to clean energy technologies.

14.9.2020
Testing Zoom as a second platform for oral proceedings in opposition

From 14 September oral proceedings by videoconference involving multiple opponents and/or requiring simultaneous interpretation will be tested on the Zoom platform.

 
9.9.2020
Inventors against coronavirus

The EPO today has published Inventors against coronavirus, a new video series highlighting the inventors working on solutions to various COVID-19 issues.

 
2.9.2020
Your feedback matters to us: new round of surveys starts soon

EPO contractor BERENT Deutschland GmbH will shortly begin contacting users anonymously to gather feedback which will shape our products and services.

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.

 
14.5.2020
Communiqué of the Boards of Appeal concerning opinion G 3/19 of the Enlarged Board of Appeal

The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office issued opinion G 3/19 (Pepper) today and concluded that plants and animals exclusively obtained by essentially biological processes are not patentable.

8.5.2020
Patent Orchestra and EPOlyphony choir celebrate Europe Day with virtual Ode to Joy

In celebration of Europe Day on 9 May, the Patent Orchestra and EPOlyphony choir have recorded a virtual performance of Ode to Joy, the designated anthem of the occasion.

 
5.5.2020
EPO member states discuss co-operation and Covid-19 response at first virtual annual meeting

Last week representatives of the EPO's member states, and two future member states discussed their co-operation and how to best serve Europe's innovators during the current crisis at their 14th annual meeting on co-operation.

 
30.4.2020
Responding to COVID-19 - A joint message of support for inventors from the USPTO and EPO

The coronavirus outbreak has changed our daily lives almost beyond recognition. The staff of the European Patent Office (EPO) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) stand in solidarity with everyone affected.

24.4.2020
World IP Day 2020: Innovate for a greener, healthier future

The EPO joins IP offices in celebrating World IP Day. The 2020 edition is set against a period of great uncertainty and seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Climate change remains a growing concern, leaving humankind facing two of its greatest challenges at the same time.

 
21.4.2020
Patent research grants – call for proposals 2020

The EPO is pleased to announce a new call for proposals for funding under its Academic Research Programme.

 
2.4.2020
Users discuss expanding use of ViCos in oral proceedings at first-ever online SACEPO meeting

The EPO's Standing Advisory Committee (SACEPO) earlier this week held its user consultation meeting for the first time by video conference (ViCo).

 
31.3.2020
The EPO mourns with Italy over lives lost

Italy will today mourn the lives lost to Covid-19. Throughout the country, flags will be flown at half-mast and the nation will observe a minute of silence.

 
27.3.2020
EPO President Campinos: “Now is the time to make the UPP a reality”

The EPO strongly welcomes the announcement of the German government to continue its support for the introduction of the Unitary Patent system in Europe.

 
27.3.2020
EPO switches off lights to support Earth Hour 2020

Sustainability is a long-standing priority at the EPO, both from a governance perspective and at each site. The Office is committed to making a greater contribution to the long-term environmental goals of the Paris Agreement 2015 and aims to deliver all activities with the least environmental impact possible.

 
12.3.2020
Update on Coronavirus - SUPERSEDED by new continually updated page

Information for external partners and potential visitors to the EPO

 
12.3.2020
Digital technologies take top spot in European patent applications

According to the EPO Patent Index 2019, the surge in the fields of digital communication (+19.6%) and computer technology (+10.2%) is fuelling the sustained growth in patent filings

 
9.3.2020
Celebrating women inventors

To mark International Women's Day, the EPO looks back at women whose ground-breaking inventions push the boundaries of innovation.

 
2.3.2020
Open for public consultation: EPC and PCT-EPO Guidelines

The EPO today launched a public consultation on its Guidelines and invites interested parties to provide input

 
26.2.2020
IP high on the agenda of Croatia’s first EU presidency

A delegation headed by the EPO President attended an international conference on challenges in intellectual property held in Zagreb last week under Croatia's EU Council presidency.

 
22.2.2020
Note of solidarity with the people of Germany

The management and staff of the European Patent Office express their deepest solidarity with the people of Germany.

31.1.2020
Building bridges through cooperation: EPO and Cambodian Ministry of Industry and Handicraft host first IP conference

This week the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft (MIH) hosted their first joint IP conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

 
28.1.2020
EPO publishes grounds for its decision to refuse two patent applications naming a machine as inventor

The EPO has published its decision setting out the reasons for its recent refusal of two European patent applications in which an AI system was designated as the inventor.

 
23.1.2020
New insights into the patent system: first results from the EPO Academic Research Programme published

The EPO has published six research reports developed with funding from its Academic Research Programme. The research used patent data to investigate topics such as financing for innovation, knowledge transfer, trade, tracking inventions in the marketplace, and the growth of technologies to tackle climate change.

 
17.1.2020
Coordinating our response to AI and emerging technologies: five largest IP offices hold first joint task force meeting

The five largest intellectual property offices held the inaugural meeting of their joint Task Force on New Emerging Technologies and Artificial Intelligence this week in Berlin.

 
10.1.2020
The EPO and representatives from EU Member States call for the speedy implementation of the Unitary Patent package

António Campinos, President of the EPO, and his team met today with the Chair and members of the executive group of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Preparatory Committee, as well as with the Chair of the Unitary Patent Select Committee, to take stock of the state of play of the preparations to implement the Unitary Patent package.

 

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