2022

4.7.2022
EPO met UPC governing bodies’ representatives

Delegations took stock of good progress towards the forthcoming UP system launch

 
4.7.2022
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

 
1.7.2022
EPO and IP Australia make their PPH fast-track programme permanent

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programme between the EPO and IP Australia becomes permanent on 1 July 2022.

 
1.7.2022
Fast-track patent examination launched with Saudi Arabia

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme between the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) is launched on 1 July 2022

 
29.6.2022
António Campinos reappointed President of the European Patent Office

EPO member states vote for second term in office for President

 
29.6.2022
EPO Annual Review 2021 reflects a more resilient and sustainable organisation

The EPO published its Annual Review 2021 today. The publication, accompanied by a video, highlights a year of adaptability and resilience that saw the institution embrace new ways of working and take the digital transformation to users.

 
27.6.2022
Annual SACEPO meeting

54th meeting focuses on quality, Unitary Patent and digital transformation

 
21.6.2022
All the winners: European Inventor Award 2022

EPO announces winners of European Inventor Award and inaugural Young Inventors prize

 
17.6.2022
Users respond on grace period for patents

Recent survey provides evidence on impact of novelty requirement under the EPC

 
15.6.2022
EPO and INDECOPI Peru heads of office meeting

President Campinos held a virtual meeting with Julián Fernando Palacín Gutiérrez, Executive President of INDECOPI

 
15.6.2022
Format of oral proceedings before examining divisions

Oral proceedings before examining divisions are as a rule held by videoconference

 
14.6.2022
EPO joins the TTO Circle with observer status

Building on the EPO’s commitment to innovation and technology transfer

 
9.6.2022
IP5 step up co-operation on sustainability

The heads of the world's five largest intellectual property offices (IP5) met virtually today for their 15th annual meeting.

 
1.6.2022
MyEPO Portfolio for parties to proceedings before the EPO

Today sees the launch of MyEPO Portfolio, a new service for parties to proceedings before the EPO.

 
31.5.2022
EPC and PCT-EPO Guidelines 2022: next steps

Thanks to all users who contributed to the consultation

 
25.5.2022
Patent applications published by the EPO exceed four million

Milestone application features 4IR technology

 
24.5.2022
EPO announces inaugural Young Inventors prize finalists

Shortlist recognises problem-solving initiatives from inspiring innovators aged 30 and under

 
20.5.2022
Users discuss updates for the Guidelines 2023

SACEPO Working Party on Guidelines reviewed the results of the recent public user consultation

 
19.5.2022
PATLIB2022 conference

Engaging with the innovation support community to foster co-operation, promote sustainability and prepare for the Unitary Patent.

 
18.5.2022
EPO- Ukrpatent meeting

EPO President Antonio Campinos and Ukrpatent Director-General Andrew Kudin met in person.

 
17.5.2022
European Inventor Award 2022 finalists announced

Award highlights breakthroughs in cancer research, renewable energy, climate innovation, green industry, medical technology and manufacturing

 
13.5.2022
Proposal on new European qualifying examination (EQE)

EPO-epi working group sets out vision of a new, competence-based EQE

 
12.5.2022
Hydrogen production with electrolysers is emerging

Study by EPO & IRENA analyses patenting for carbon-free hydrogen production

 
6.5.2022
EPO and Peru’s INDECOPI sign two partnership agreements

INDECOPI introduces Cooperative Patent Classification and becomes the fifth national office in Latin America to conclude a Reinforced Partnership with the EPO.

 
5.5.2022
EPO and European Institute of Innovation and Technology sign partnership agreement

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

 
29.4.2022
Updated version of the Unitary Patent Guide available

The EPO today has published a fully updated edition of its "Unitary Patent Guide".

 
29.4.2022
Unitary Patent secondary legislation

Consolidated version of the Rules relating to Unitary Patent Protection

 
29.4.2022
EPO launches new Ombuds Office service

As of today, a new Ombuds Service is available to support stakeholders who experience difficulties in their dealings with the EPO and who have exhausted the regular channels for resolution.

 
28.4.2022
Despite impressive patent activity, Europe’s small deep tech businesses lag behind their US counterparts

A joint report by the EPO and the European Investment Bank (EIB) published today identifies unique obstacles small businesses face in developing advanced digital technologies in the EU.

 
21.4.2022
Results of our public consultation on the EPO’s new Ombuds service

In a recent consultation, EPO stakeholders submitted their preferences and expectations regarding a new Ombuds Office service.

 
13.4.2022
First EP validation & PCT e-filings for NPOs

On 6 April, the first online EP Validation request via the State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania was filed using the new Front Office filing software and a test of the end-to-end PCT application was completed via the Spanish Patent Office (OEPM)

 
11.4.2022
President Campinos meets with Director General of UKRPATENT, Andrew Kudin

Heads of office discuss current solidarity measures, reinforced partnership and technical assistance

 
6.4.2022
Further shaping EPO’s definition of quality

SACEPO Working Party on Quality met to improve EPO products and services

 
6.4.2022
Pilot project for oral proceedings in opposition by VICO extended to 31 December 2022

Further improvements and new features as of today, with more to come in the weeks ahead

 
5.4.2022
Patent applications in Europe reach record level in 2021

The EPO’s Patent Index 2021, published today, shows that patent filings rebounded significantly last year.

 
1.4.2022
EPO and CPVO renew cooperation agreement

The EPO today renewed their Administrative Arrangement with the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) to continue their cooperation.

 
31.3.2022
Launch of EPO-ARIPO University IP outreach project

25 universities from the ARIPO Member States join university IP outreach project

 
29.3.2022
Bilateral heads of office meeting with OAPI

Organisations discuss next steps for a validation agreement

 
25.3.2022
Improving patent information products and services with our users

SACEPO working party meets to discuss recent advances and future developments in the EPO’s tools and documentation

 
23.3.2022
European Qualifying Examination 2022

European Qualifying Examination (EQE) 2022 completed

 
18.3.2022
Trilateral Symposium on IP and the environment

The symposium explored how the patent system contributes to carbon neutrality.

 
18.3.2022
9th CPC Annual meeting with national offices classifying in the CPC

79 delegates from 33 national offices discuss the latest developments in the CPC

 
15.3.2022
EPO donations to Ukraine

Coordinated fundraising efforts between Office and its staff raise over EUR 300 000

 
11.3.2022
Upgrading our legal framework for the digital transformation

Legal and IT changes to our patent grant process discussed in SACEPO Working Party on Rules

 
9.3.2022
Digital grant certificate gets modern design

Redesigned grant certificates from 1 April 2022 will contain more information about the patent and can be downloaded from the secure Mailbox.

 
2.3.2022
UPC holds Administrative Committee meeting

Vital secondary Rules and Regulations adopted at inaugural meeting

 
1.3.2022
Standing together for peace in Europe

Situation in Ukraine

 
1.3.2022
New Guidelines for Examination 2022 enter into force

Public consultation on the latest EPC and PCT-EPO Guidelines continues to 15 April.

 
24.2.2022
Users welcome progress in further digitalisation of the patent grant process

SACEPO working party members from around the world discussed new tools and platforms

 
23.2.2022
EPO Tech Day 2022: Accelerating sustainable innovation

On 16 February, almost 7 800 participants attended the first ever public Tech Day at the European Patent Office.

 
22.2.2022
Innovative spin-off companies from Portugal and Germany show the way

The latest two technology transfer case studies complete our series, demonstrating how patents support the creation of university spin-offs and facilitate their business success.

 
9.2.2022
EPO opens public user consultation on creation of Observatory

Stakeholders invited to share feedback by 4 March 2022

 
8.2.2022
Final preparations for the start of the Unitary Patent

EPO President Campinos met with Alexander Ramsay, Chair of the UPC Preparatory Committee, and Jérôme Debrulle, Chair of the Select Committee of the Administrative Council in charge of the Unitary Patent.

 
3.2.2022
Public consultation opens on latest EPC and PCT-EPO Guidelines

Preview copy of EPO Guidelines 2022 published today will come into force from 1 March; tell us your views by 15 April

 
26.1.2022
EPO publishes European Patent Academy 2022 training catalogue

A varied and comprehensive portfolio of training activities, educational products and learning projects

 
19.1.2022
Provisional application of the UPCA to start

Ratification by Austria triggers the start of the period for provisional application of the Unified Patent Court agreement.

 
14.1.2022
Nomination of Data Protection Board members

Paolo Balboni has been appointed as Chair of the new Data Protection Board. He will be supported by Paul Breitbarth and Fernando Silva.

 
13.1.2022
User survey on future Ombuds services

Share your views with us in our public consultation

 
11.1.2022
From lab to market – two more case studies highlighting routes to success

Our latest technology transfer case studies reveal how smart patent strategies and co-operation can create commercial opportunities for innovative researchers.

 
1.1.2022
New data protection rules enter into force on 1 January 2022

Data protection at the EPO now in line with the highest international standards and best practices and with EU legislation.

 

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