AI cannot be named as inventor on patent applications

Ruling by Legal Board of Appeal confirms that the EPC requires inventors to be human

EPO consults users on grace periods for patents

The EPO is launching a survey of EPO applicants and a consultation of user and stakeholder associations to assess the impact of the strict novelty requirement for patentability under the EPC.

Save the date for EPO Tech Day 2022: Technologies of Transformation, 16 February

This EPO conference will be open to the public for the first time, providing unique insights into sustainable technologies as well as healthcare innovation ecosystems.

Bilateral meeting of EPO and CNIPA heads

The heads of office convened to discuss recent developments and plan future co-operation.

Season’s Greetings from the EPO

The annual season’s greetings message for external stakeholders tells a story about how Espacenet saves Christmas, reminding us that it’s not just what you know, but where to find it, and how to share the information.

Protecting EPO systems in the wake of Java software flaw

The EPO is closely monitoring its systems after a critical vulnerability in the commonly used Java software “Log4j” emerged at the end of last week.

Plan to relocate Boards of Appeal presented to EPO member states

Proposal to move the Boards to EPO premises in central Munich

EPO, JPO, USPTO discuss co-operation in the digital environment

The Trilateral Offices held their 39th annual meeting virtually today.

EPO President meets the Commissioner of the Korean Patent Office

The online meeting provided the occasion for the launch of the first EPO-KIPO joint study, on computer- implemented inventions.

EPO marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities

While the Office’s commitment to inclusion is geared toward creating a workplace where everyone feels welcomed and respected, our staff’s commitment to excellence helps foster innovation that can transform the lives of people living with disabilities worldwide.

EPO remains the "gold standard" for patent quality

Once again, users have voted the EPO number one among the world’s five largest patent offices for the quality of its patents and services in the latest benchmarking survey by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM).

EPO adopts more stringent measures to respond to intensified corona crisis

Information for customers, external partners and visitors to the EPO

Two thirds of users rate videoconferencing for oral proceedings in opposition positively

Response to user survey provides clear next steps as pilot project extended

EPO launches major patent training initiative together with the national IP offices of Portugal and Brazil

More than 130 participants from six countries attend three-day event on patents.

EPO extends pilot for oral proceedings in opposition by videoconference to 31 May 2022

Further extension of the pilot is necessary in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, travel restrictions and preventive health measures limiting the parties’ possibilities to attend oral proceedings on EPO premises

High-growth technology business forum: Build-to-sell

Expert panel explores the importance of patents when building a company from scratch, all the way through to successfully selling your enterprise.

EPO and Saudi Arabia sign Reinforced Partnership agreement

EPO’s tenth agreement expands network and aims to boost IP development

Users assess common approach on Office practice for adapting the description at grant

Dedicated workshop with three SACEPO Working Parties and experts paves way to harmonisation of EPO practice.

EPO President meets the new Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office

Today, EPO President António Campinos met online with Mr Kiyoshi Mori, the new Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO).

EPO and WIPO sign Memorandum of Understanding

The agreement aims to strengthen co-operation on supporting innovation through the international patent system, including under the PCT and with regard to classification, data exchange and the dissemination of patent information.

Icelandic IP office celebrates 30th anniversary, Finland marks 25 years since EPC accession

EPO President António Campinos addresses events in Iceland and Finland marking major milestones, as a shared focus on a more sustainable future shapes the new normal.

RTL Nieuws programme

Misleading footage of EPO buildings screened in report

Patent Knowledge Week raises awareness of the power of patent data

The EPO welcomed more than 2 100 participants from 91 countries to Patent Knowledge Week, which took place online from 2 to 5 November 2021.

Launch of the user area pilot phase

A fresh approach to working online with the EPO.

Quantum technologies on the rise in the space sector

Joint study by EPO, the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) and the European Space Agency (ESA) shows the rapid growth in patenting for space-based quantum communication and encryption

Issuing of EPO badges for professional representatives

Professional representatives may obtain an EPO badge also by video call.

Users discuss finalising EPC and PCT-EPO Guidelines for March 2022

SACEPO Working Party on Guidelines reach consensus on the EPO Guidelines 2022

High-growth technology business forum: growth financing

The workshop on growth financing highlights the key role played by IPR portfolios and strategy in attracting investments and increasing company value.

Towards a common understanding of quality

75 members of the SACEPO Working Party on Quality connect to their seventh meeting over three days

New EPO study: Europe and US are leading innovation in plastic recycling and alternative plastics globally, patent data shows

From a global perspective, Europe and the US are leading innovation in plastic recycling and alternative plastics technologies, a new study published today by the European Patent Office (EPO) shows.

SACEPO discusses digital transformation and data protection

The Working Party on Rules has met virtually to discuss legal changes in support of advancing the digitalisation of the patent grant process.

Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation re-elects Chairperson

Josef Kratochvìl (CZ) re-appointed for a three-year term

Launch of Search Pilot for National Offices

The EPO has recently launched, on 13 October, the pilot for the new Cooperation Search system, which will be used by over 100 examiners in 8 national offices over an initial period of six months. The pilot national offices of member states include the UK, France, Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Spain, Denmark and Austria.

Lithuanian e-filing becomes first national patent application to be made using new Front Office software

The first national patent application has been filed using new Front Office e-filing software, thanks to intense collaboration between the EPO and several national patent offices including those in Lithuania, Spain and Greece, as part of the EPO’s IT Co-operation Programme.

Munich’s Long Night of Museums: Exploring Art at the European Patent Office

Join us for a night to remember, as around 70 leading cultural institutions open their doors for one of the city’s major cultural highlights.

EPO partners with myAbility Talent Programme for third year running

The EPO’s “job shadowing day” is part of an important initiative to help highly qualified students and recent graduates with disabilities and chronic illness access the job market.

EPC now at your fingertips, on all devices

Try out the new format, submit your feedback and help shape user experience on new.epo.org

User survey on CNIPA-EPO pilot on ISA-files

Your feedback on the PCT pilot that enables nationals and residents of the People's Republic of China to select the EPO as their International Search Authority

EPO and Moroccan IP office sign Memorandum of Understanding

Agreement sees Morocco become the 31st state to join Cooperative Patent Classification scheme.

EPO welcomes new trainees, bids farewell to graduates

The EPO-EUIPO Pan-European Seal programme achieves a record intake, with additional universities joining the programme

EPO holds cloud event for IP offices

71 delegates from 38 countries discuss state-of-the-art cloud computing solutions that will help secure long-term sustainability for the European patent system.

Register for the European Inventor Award virtual roadshow

Learn how to nominate an inventor and play a part in Europe’s foremost innovation prize

EPO and ARIPO launch major training programme

The Regional ARPET programme is the largest ever training programme undertaken by the EPO with offices outside Europe.

User survey on oral proceedings by VICO in opposition

Take part in our public consultation and share your views

Raising the rainbow flag in The Hague

As the summer of Pride continues and the city of Amsterdam marks 25 years of Pride celebrations, the Office expresses solidarity with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) communities by flying the rainbow flag in The Hague (Patentlaan 2, 2288 EE Rijswijk).

Results of user consultation on EPO Guidelines

A summary of almost 200 submissions to the public user consultation on the EPC and PCT-EPO Guidelines 2021 is now available.

New call for proposals under revamped Academic Research Programme

Grants totalling €600 000 available for research into the new frontiers for innovation and the use of digital technologies for IP teaching

Beware misleading mails from scammers

Phishing mails to attorneys in relation to e.g. smart cards purport to be from EPO

Latest guide to preparing for the EQE is now online

The 10th edition of the guide to preparing for the European qualifying examination (EQE) is now available online.

EPO and City of Munich nurture future leaders and innovators at global summit

The One Young World Summit, held from 22 - 25 July, saw delegates attend a series of speeches, panels, networking events and workshops.

Exploring future possibilities: European Patent Office publishes “Towards a new normal”

Today the European Patent Office (EPO) published "Towards a new normal", an orientation document to explore how the Office can capitalise on new opportunities in a potentially post-COVID-19 era.

High-level online meetings enhance user engagement at the EPO

As part of the EPO’s continuous dialogue with users across all sectors, the latest in a series of high-level meetings with applicants took place on Wednesday 21 July.

Discover the power of EPO patent data

New free data visualisation service allows users to explore global technology trends and connections

New report reveals global patenting trends in space technologies

Joint study by EPO, the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) and the European Space Agency (ESA) shows the rapid growth in patenting activity, driven by growth of private operators

Severe flooding in Europe: Solidarity with Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg

It is with the deepest sadness that everyone at the EPO is following the news of casualties and widespread destruction caused by severe flooding in parts of western Europe in recent days.

New case studies show routes to success

Series of technology transfer case studies and podcasts reveals how patent strategies support commercial success for innovative technologies.

EBoA endorses conduct of oral proceedings by videoconference during pandemic

Enlarged Board of Appeal decides that under specific circumstances oral proceedings by VICO before the boards of appeal are compatible with the EPC irrespective of party consent

German Court decision paves the way for implementation of Unitary Patent and UPC

The German Federal Constitutional Court announced on 9 July 2021 the rejection of two applications for a preliminary injunction against the German Act of Approval to the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (UPCA).

Opposition by videoconference: a year of progress

Latest report summarises the many achievements in the pilot project for opposition oral proceedings by VICO and outlines the next steps.

Flying the rainbow flag

The EPO raises the flag at its premises in Munich as Europe’s summer pride season takes off.

Data protection framework adopted by the Administrative Council

New Data Protection Rules will enter into force on 1 January 2022

EPO Annual Review 2020 reflects organisation’s rapid transformation

The EPO published its Annual Review 2020 today. The publication, accompanied by a video, highlights a year of rapid transformation to adapt to the multiple challenges of the pandemic.

Fighting coronavirus – updated support for researchers and innovators

Platform of over 300 patent search strategies helps scientists access the wealth of information stored in EPO’s databases.

EPO Data Hub: explore patent filing trends with new free mobile app

A free app for Android and iOS helps users explore the wealth of patent statistics and trends from the EPO

IP5 focus co-operation on initiatives that benefit users

The heads of the world's five largest intellectual property offices (IP5) met virtually on 23 June for their 14th annual meeting.

Oral proceedings before the EPO only on Zoom

Popular videoconference tool to be the sole platform for oral proceedings from 1 October

Press Communiqué of 22 June 2021 on decision G 4/19 of the Enlarged Board of Appeal

The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office issued decision G 4/19 (Double patenting) today, in which it held that a European patent application can be refused by reason of the prohibition on double patenting.

Winners of the 2021 European Inventor Award revealed

EPO reveals Award winners at its first all-digital ceremony, announces the establishment of a new prize for young innovators

SACEPO discusses digital transformation at EPO

Annual meeting held virtually over two days also saw stakeholders discuss EPO’s plans for the future

Launch of survey to help us to shape the EPO's future payment functionalities

Today, 9 June 2021, the EPO issued an invitation via email to EPO smart card holders and users of the credit card payment service to take part in a survey on batch payments and future fee payment functionalities.

Global Patent Index (GPI) now with access to more than 130 000 000 patent documents

It also provides features for downloading or visualising the results for statistical analysis.

Patent Knowledge News launched

The EPO has launched its new online magazine Patent Knowledge News, which will feature news, updates and facts relating to patent knowledge from the EPO and beyond.

Users meet to discuss EPO Guidelines and agree to extend public consultation

The SACEPO Working Party on Guidelines held its 21st meeting on 20 May.

Decommissioning of online filing (CMS) with effect from 1 January 2022

CMS will be replaced by Online Filing 2.0

PATLIB2021 conference heralds enhanced support for innovators in Europe

The conference marks the launch of the EPO’s PATLIB 2.0 project, aimed at increasing support to the network of over 300 patent information centres in Europe

EPO further extends pilot for opposition hearings by VICO

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the EPO has decided to further extend the pilot project for conducting opposition hearings by VICO until 31 January 2022.

EPO member states discuss new normal, IP education and the EPO Observatory at 15th annual meeting

On 11 May 2021, 80 representatives of 40 national offices (in 38 EPO member states and two future member states) and the EUIPO met online for the 15th annual meeting on co-operation.

Oral proceedings in examination moving to Zoom

Users encouraged to become more familiar with the popular VICO platform before the autumn

EPO partners with European Commission and European Parliament to celebrate Europe Day 2021

The EPO today joins the regional representations of the European Parliament and European Commission in Munich in celebrating Europe Day.

European Inventor Award 2021 finalists announced

Celebrating the individuals behind the inventions that benefit us all.

EPO President at the Spanish Chamber of Commerce on the support to innovators

Yesterday, 27 April, EPO President António Campinos appeared as guest speaker at a virtual meeting of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce's Research and Innovation Committee.

EPO President comments on referral G1/21

President Campinos submits written observations on a referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal concerning the consent of parties to oral proceedings by videoconference.

EPO adopts new environmental policy, aims for carbon neutrality

The European Patent Office (EPO) has adopted a new environmental policy that outlines its plan to be carbon neutral by 2030.

EPO-IEA study highlights need to accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies to meet climate goals

The number of patents for inventions related to low-carbon energy technologies around the world grew by an average rate of 3.3% per year in the 2017-19 period, a new joint study published today by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows.

World IP Day 2021: navigating the pandemic through ingenuity

The EPO and intellectual property offices around the globe today celebrate World IP Day.

For the third time, the EPO participates in the international Girls’ Day

Over the past two weeks, about 140 schoolgirls have met with the EPO as part of Girls' Day in the Netherlands and Germany.

Linking up with EPO art and artists

Last week the EPO introduced its art collection to the public by launching the new documentary titled "Exploring Art at the European Patent Office". With two digital events the Office now offers further insight on its art collection, and invites to an exchange with some of the artists portrayed in the documentary.

EPO User Day 2021: Engaging with our users on quality, timeliness and digital user services

Over 2 100 participants from more than 900 companies registered for this year's User Day - the first digital edition, which took place on 19 and 20 April.

Public consultation on “Towards a new normal” closed

The public consultation on the first draft of the EPO’s “Towards a new normal” orientation document has closed. We thank everyone for their contributions.

Exploring Art at the European Patent Office

A documentary invites the public to explore the EPO’s art collection which will also be made digitally accessible

EPO President in discussion with Members of the European Parliament on the importance of patents in supporting innovation

President António Campinos addressed Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) on the latest developments in the European patent system on 12 April.

Working with users to improve the European patent granting process and patent documentation

SACEPO Working Parties on Rules, e-Patent Process, and Patent Information and Documentation all met virtually in March.

EPO and ELLIS sign Memorandum of Understanding

The President of the European Patent Office (EPO), António Campinos, and the President of the ELLIS Society, Bernhard Schölkopf, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 25 March.

EPO launches new Online Filing 2.0 service

Online Filing 2.0 incorporates and improves the features of new online filing (CMS), and offers a more user-friendly interface.

Trilateral Offices agree on a new vision statement

The new vision statement of the Trilateral offices has been agreed, which originates from the 38th Trilateral Conference in December 2020. During the virtual conference, the heads of the European Patent Office (EPO), Japan Patent Office (JPO) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) committed to jointly develop the new future direction for the Trilateral Co-operation.

Communiqué of 24 March 2021 on the oral proceedings before the Boards of Appeal by videoconference

New Article 15a of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA) on oral proceedings by videoconference enters into force on 1 April 2021

EPO continues oral proceedings by videoconference in examination and opposition during pendency of referral G 1/21

During the pendency of referral G 1/21 concerning the legality of oral proceedings by VICO, oral proceedings in examination and opposition will continue to be held by VICO as scheduled

Contribute to EPO’s public consultation first draft of “Towards a new normal” orientation document

Contribute to the EPO’s public consultation on the first draft of its “Towards a new normal” orientation document assessing how the EPO could develop in light of the dramatically altered environment.

Healthcare innovation main driver of European patent applications in 2020

Statistics published today by the European Patent Office (EPO) show that innovation in healthcare drove patenting activity in 2020: Medical technology was the leading field for inventions in terms of volume, while pharmaceuticals and biotechnology were the fastest-growing areas.

IP5 taskforce discusses approach to AI and emerging technologies at second meeting

A new blueprint for IP5 Offices’ joint endeavours in response to the challenges and opportunities arising from new emerging technologies and artificial intelligence.

European Inventor Award 2021: save the date

The European Inventor Award will take place on 17 June 2021 and for the first time in the history of the event, the ceremony will be entirely digital.

Introduction of a BOT protection system for the European Patent Register

On Monday 15 March 2021, the EPO will begin activating a BOT protection system for the European Patent Register.

Communiqué of 10 March 2021 on decision G 1/19 of the Enlarged Board of Appeal

The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office issued decision G 1/19 (Simulations) today in which it held that the established case law on computer-implemented inventions (COMVIK approach) applies to computer-implemented simulations.

EPO and leading scientists celebrate International Women’s Day

The Office marked Monday's International Women's Day with a panel discussion highlighting women in science.

EQE goes digital

EPO successfully holds first-ever online edition of the European Qualifying Examination

EPO congratulates Hungarian Intellectual Property Office on its 125th anniversary

EPO President António Campinos addressed a celebration gala today (1 March) to mark the 125th anniversary of the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO).

High-growth technology business forum

On 25 February, the EPO together with Licensing Executive Society International (LESI) held the first edition of a new online forum designed especially for high-growth technology businesses and small and medium-sized technology enterprises, the major drivers of Europe's economic growth.

Open for public consultation: EPC and PCT-EPO Guidelines

You can submit your comments in any one of the EPO's three official languages via an online form. The deadline for your contributions is 12 April 2021.

Heads of the EPO and INPI Brazil take stock of their technical and strategic reinforced partnership

EPO President António Campinos met the President of the National Institute of Industrial Property of Brazil (INPI), Cláudio Vilar Furtado, on 25 February to discuss co-operation on enhancing the patent system and better supporting innovators in Europe and Brazil

Deeper insights into the patent system

EPO Academic Research Programme publishes five final research reports

Working together to simplify the patent system: First common practices agreed by EPO member states

The first two common practices - in the areas of examination of unity of invention, and designation of the inventor - were endorsed by member states at a meeting of the organisation's Administrative Council in December 2020.

Intellectual property in the digital age in focus at conference held under Portugal’s EU Presidency

EPO President António Campinos spoke about the importance of supporting innovation at the opening of a high-level online conference on IP held on the occasion of Portugal's EU Council Presidency.

Co-operation with Mexico on patents: EPO and IMPI mark one year of their Reinforced Partnership

EPO President António Campinos and the Director General of the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI), Juan Lozano, met virtually today to take stock of joint efforts to improve patent services and support innovators since the signing of an advanced co-operation agreement between the two offices last year.

EPO and EUIPO sign partnership agreement with the Technical University of Munich

The European Patent Office (EPO) and European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) on 4 February 2021 to offer TUM graduates the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience as trainees in both Offices.

Study highlights economic benefits of owning intellectual property rights – especially for small businesses

A new study released today by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) shows that companies which own at least one patent, registered design or trade mark generate on average 20% higher revenues per employee than companies which do not own any of those intellectual property rights (IPRs).

EPO and CIPO make their PPH fast-track programme permanent

The EPO and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) have announced that the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programme between the two offices became permanent on 6 January 2021.

Patent grants up 5.9% at IP5 offices in 2019

The world's five largest IP offices granted 1.6 million patents in 2019, an increase of 5.9% on the previous year, according to the latest IP5 Statistics Report published earlier this week on the IP5 website.


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