21 July 2022
The EPO and the State Enterprise Ukrainian Intellectual Property Institute (Ukrpatent) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on a Reinforced Partnership (RP) agreement. EPO President António Campinos and Andrew Kudin, Ukrapatent Director General, concluded the agreement at the margin of the WIPO general assembly in Geneva on 19 July 2022. The MoU is a fixed term agreement that will run over a two-year period. With this signature, the EPO intensifies mobilisation of its resources to support Ukrpatent's staff and its functioning as an IP office.
The MoU follows several joint initiatives discussed at the organisations' previous meetings held earlier in 2022. These include staff secondments, grants for Ukrpatent staff and Ukrainian researchers, extensive European Patent Academy training, access to continuous online learning, access to EPO patent databases and data services, and support for Ukrainian innovators through the EPO PATLIB 2.0 project.
During the Geneva meeting, the EPO extended additional support measures. President Campinos officially invited nine Ukrpatent staff members to a three-week internship programme at the Office, starting on August 29. The EPO also shared two of its bulk patent data sets with the Ukrainian delegation: EP bibliographic data and EP full-text entries. These sets are bulk extractions from the EPO's internal patent databases and are made available to external users for further processing.
The RP is a strategic agreement based on a shared vision: the further development of the patent system as a catalyst for innovation, technology transfer and economic growth. Search and examination work products form the central pillar of the RP scheme, and over the course of an agreement, the EPO and its partners work towards standardised utilisation of EPO search and examination results.