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23.3.2017
Solidarity with the United Kingdom

The management and staff of the EPO are deeply shocked and saddened by the horrendous incident that occurred in London on 22 March.

21.3.2017
Bilateral co-operation plans signed with Latvia and Lithuania

EPO President Benoît Battistelli has signed bilateral co-operation plans with the heads of the patent offices of Latvia and Lithuania.

 
8.3.2017
EPO President meets with Jo Johnson, the new UK intellectual property minister

EPO President Benoît Battistelli met the UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Jo Johnson in London on 8 March to discuss recent developments in patents and their role in supporting innovation.

 
7.3.2017
EPO grants record number of European patents in 2016

Due to effective measures to improve its productivity, the European Patent Office (EPO) published 96 000 granted patents in 2016, which is 40% more than in 2015 and a new high mark in its history.

 
1.3.2017
First Boards of Appeal President takes up his post

Carl Josefsson has commenced his role as the new President of the EPO Boards of Appeal (BoA).

 
14.2.2017
Closure of the automated mail-box at the Munich headquarters

The automated mail-box at the EPO’s headquarters in Munich (Isar building, Kohlstrasse) is being closed as from 1 April 2017.

 
8.2.2017
EPO launches Patent Prosecution Highway pilot with Russian patent office

The EPO and Russia's Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) have launched their joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme to enable work-sharing and accelerated treatment of patent applications in both regions.

 
3.2.2017
Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO rules on partial priorities

In its order for decision G1/15, related to the question of partial priorities and so-called toxic divisionals, the Enlarged Board of the EPO held that a generic claim encompassing alternative subject matter may not be refused partial priority, provided the alternative subject matter has been directly, at least implicitly, and unambiguously disclosed in the priority document.

 
24.1.2017
Engaging with users on patent quality

New sub-committee on quality of EPO’s SACEPO advisory body meets for the first time in Munich

 
23.1.2017
Cambodia first Asian country to recognise European patents on its territory

EPO President Benoît Battistelli and Senior Minister Cham Prasidh, Cambodian Minister of Industry and Handicraft, have signed an agreement in Phnom Penh to extend, upon request of the applicant, the validity of European patent applications and patents to Cambodia...

 
20.1.2017
Statement by the European Patent Office on the ruling by the Supreme Court of the Netherlands

We welcome this decision by which the Court considers the Dutch courts as not competent to deal with this case, in application of the principle of immunity which is essential for the independence and functioning of any international organisation.

20.12.2016
Solidarity with the victims in Berlin

We are deeply shocked and saddened by the horrific attack which took place at a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday

19.12.2016
New security measures at EPO buildings

Additional measures now operational for visitors in the Isar building Munich and in The Hague

16.12.2016
Carl Josefsson appointed President of the EPO’s Boards of Appeal

The Administrative Council yesterday appointed Carl Josefsson (Sweden) as the first President of the Boards of Appeal (BoA). A new location for the BoA was also approved by the Member States.

13.12.2016
Croatian IP office celebrates 25th anniversary

EPO President Benoît Battistelli was in Zagreb on 9 December for a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of Croatia’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO).

 
12.12.2016
EPO stays proceedings in certain biotechnology cases

Decision follows the publication of European Commission’s notice on the patentability of plants and animals obtained by essentially biological processes

 
9.12.2016
Event highlights Europe’s lead in climate change mitigation technologies

The role of patents in helping policy-makers meet the EU's climate objectives was the subject of an event organised by the EPO on 7 December at the European Parliament in Brussels.

 
7.12.2016
Stepping up co-operation with Belgium on patent-related IT services and tools

EPO President Benoît Battistelli met with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Kris Peeters today in Brussels to discuss joint efforts to enhance patent protection and the support for innovation in Belgium and across Europe.

 
3.2.2017
Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO rules on partial priorities

In its order for decision G1/15, related to the question of partial priorities and so-called toxic divisionals, the Enlarged Board of the EPO held that a generic claim encompassing alternative subject matter may not be refused partial priority, provided the alternative subject matter has been directly, at least implicitly, and unambiguously disclosed in the priority document.

29.11.2016
EPO President welcomes UK decision to ratify UPC Agreement

The Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPC) will be ratified by the United Kingdom, according to a statement by UK Minister for IP, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, at the EU Competitiveness Council in Brussels.

 
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