16 January 2023
This year, the European Patent Office (EPO) celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the European patent system. With the signing of the European Patent Convention (EPC) in Munich on 5 October 1973, the founders ushered in a new era of economic and technological development, the course of which continues to shape our lives today.
The EPO's special programme of events in 2023, initial details of which have been published today, 16 January, is designed to honour the vision of the founders, who wished to see closer co-operation between European states benefit innovation and support peace and prosperity.
Furthermore, the celebrations serve as a tribute to the efforts of all stakeholders. Their collaboration and engagement have enabled the EPO to maintain its commitment to excellence in the digital age, and will help to meet the changing needs of innovators with the highest quality products and services in the future.
Finally, as the race for sustainable inventions accelerates, several activities aim to raise awareness of the crucial role that the European patent system plays in protecting technological ingenuity for a more sustainable world.
Sharing the story so far, inspiring young people, fostering diversity and inclusion
Among the diverse activities created by a taskforce of EPO staff volunteers, programme highlights include:
Be sure to check the webpage directly below throughout the year for further news and updates.