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18.4.2018
Boards of Appeal Annual report 2017 has been published

The first Annual report of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office since the introduction of a comprehensive set of reforms has been published.

16.4.2018
European Parliament event on SMEs and patents

EPO presents case studies highlighting patents as springboard for SME success

 
16.4.2018
40 years of professional representation before the EPO

EPO President Benoît Battistelli joined Francis Leyder, President of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the EPO (epi) and Christian Cardona, the Maltese Minister for Economy, Investment and Small Businesses, to celebrate the epi's 40th anniversary.

4.4.2018
EPO fee reduction takes effect as of 1 April 2018

The European Patent Office announces that fee reductions for patent applications entered into force on 1 April 2018. The measures will lower a number of costs in the patent application and examination process, and help reinforce a more business friendly-approach in support of innovation.

 
26.3.2018
Meeting with UK Intellectual Property Office highlights role of patents in supporting innovation

A delegation from the UK Intellectual Property Office headed by Comptroller General and Chief Executive Tim Moss met EPO President Benoît Battistelli and other senior managers to discuss recent developments in patents and co-operation between the two offices.

 
20.3.2018
European patent system in focus at EU Presidency conference in Sofia

EPO President Benoît Battistelli outlined recent developments in the European patent system and the importance of patents in supporting innovation and economic growth, which is set to be boosted by the Unitary Patent.

 
7.3.2018
EPO reports growing demand; Europe's attractiveness as leading tech market confirmed

The EPO received nearly 166 000 European patent applications in 2017, an increase of +3.9% and an all-time high.

 
5.3.2018
36th Trilateral heads of office meeting in Japan

EPO President Benoît Battistelli, the Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO) Naoko Munakata, and the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Andrei Iancu, held their annual Trilateral heads of office meeting last week in Hakone, Japan, hosted by the JPO.

 
5.3.2018
Patent research grants – call for proposals 2018

Under the programme, grants of up to EUR 100 000 are awarded in respect of selected proposals on patent-related matters.

1.3.2018
Your feedback matters to us: new round of user satisfaction surveys planned

The EPO is launching a new round of user satisfaction surveys in 2018 to measure customer satisfaction with our search, examination and opposition services as well as formalities.

1.3.2018
Validation agreement with Cambodia enters into force

European patents granted by the EPO and validated in Cambodia will have the same legal effects as a corresponding Cambodian patent and will be subject to Cambodian patent law.

 
9.2.2018
Engaging with users on patent quality

Second meeting of SACEPO Working Party on Quality took place in The Hague

 
7.2.2018
EPO and Argentina step up co-operation on patents

The EPO signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Institute of Industrial Property of Argentina (INPI) on the introduction of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) by INPI.

 
25.1.2018
EPO and CIPA: no impact of Brexit on UK membership of EPO

High-level representatives and experts of the EPO, led by President Benoît Battistelli, met yesterday in Munich with a delegation of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) headed by its President, Stephen Jones.

 
18.1.2018
Reinforcing ties between the EPO and Japanese applicants

Organised jointly with JETRO Düsseldorf (German branch of the Japan External Trade Organization), the seventh annual meeting between representatives of Japanese industry in Europe, JETRO and the EPO took place in Munich on 17 January 2018.

 
2.1.2018
Re-organisation set to improve quality and efficiency in EPO’s patent granting process

The EPO has completed an internal re-organisation which will enhance the efficiency of its patenting process. The move is also expected to foster the timeliness of the patent granting procedure for users and contribute to higher quality patents and services.

22.12.2017
EPO extends fast-track pilot programmes with four countries

With effect from 6 January 2018, the EPO will be extending its PPH pilot programmes with four partners around the globe, namely Canada, Israel, Mexico and Singapore, thus enabling innovators from Europe and these countries to continue obtaining patents more quickly and efficiently.

 
20.12.2017
Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO rules on disclaimers

On 18 December 2017, the Enlarged Board of Appeal issued a decision on the referral G 1/16.

 
19.12.2017
154th meeting of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation (Munich, 13 and 14 December 2017)

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation held its 154th meeting in Munich on 13 and 14 December 2017 under the chairmanship of Christoph ERNST (DE).

 
15.12.2017
Official inauguration of the new building for the Boards of Appeal

The new building for the Boards of Appeal Unit of the EPO in Haar, Munich, was officially inaugurated yesterday.

 
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