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2018

19.10.2018
Espacenet: 20 years of free access to patent information in Europe

At its launch, Espacenet immediately provided free access to 30 million patent documents from around the world, and has grown steadily to include more than 100 million documents from over 100 countries - making it one of the single largest sources of technical information available today.

 
18.10.2018
US Bar-EPO Liaison Council meeting 2018

The 34th annual meeting of the US Bar-EPO Liaison Council took place at the EPO's Munich headquarters on Friday, 12 October 2018.

 
11.10.2018
Nellie Simon appointed EPO Vice-President for Corporate Services

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation has appointed Nellie Simon Vice-President of the European Patent Office's Directorate-General Corporate Services.

10.10.2018
Christoph Ernst to be next EPO Vice-President for Legal and International Affairs

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, in a meeting chaired by the Council's Deputy Chairman, Josef Kratochvíl, has appointed Christoph Ernst Vice-President of the European Patent Office's (EPO) Directorate-General Legal and International Affairs.

10.10.2018
Stephen Rowan appointed EPO Vice-President for Patent Granting Process

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, the Organisation's legislative body, has appointed Stephen Rowan Vice-President of the European Patent Office Directorate-General Patent Granting Process.

 
5.10.2018
EPO fosters international co-operation during WIPO Assemblies

A high-level EPO delegation led by President António Campinos attended the WIPO Assemblies in Geneva last week to meet with counterparts from national patent offices from around the world to help shape the EPO's international agenda for 2019.

 
25.9.2018
EPO and Chinese IP office sign bilateral co-operation plan

The EPO and the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA, formerly SIPO) have agreed on a co-operation programme for next year as part of their long-term strategic partnership on strengthening the patent system.

 
24.9.2018
Co-operation with Spain on patents

During his first official visit to Spain last week, EPO President António Campinos met with Ministers to discuss how to further strengthen the patent system and support innovation and economic growth.

 
17.8.2018
The EPO further reduces its environmental impact

The EPO has published its 2017 Environmental Report, which presents environmental data and reports on progress the Office achieved in its environmental performance across all EPO locations in Berlin, Munich, The Hague and Vienna.

 
23.7.2018
Referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal: Appeal deemed not to be filed or inadmissible in case of delayed fee payment?

In accordance with Article 112(1)(b) EPC the President of the European Patent Office has referred a point of law concerning the interpretation of Article 108 EPC to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (case G 1/18).

 
10.7.2018
Making the IP ecosystem more efficient and effective: EPO hosts 2018 IP Executive Week

The EPO this week hosts the fifth edition of the IP Executive Week. The annual event is co-organised with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and brings together delegates from a network of more than 60 IP offices around the world to discuss the latest developments in intellectual property.

 
5.7.2018
Europe gears up for the Unitary Patent

Conference participants voice strong support for the Unitary Patent package and are eager to see the start of the new system

 
2.7.2018
António Campinos takes over as President of the European Patent Office

With a strong record of 20 years of executive leadership experience in the Intellectual Property field, the Portuguese national was elected President in October 2017 by the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, the EPO's legislative body, for a five-year term.

 
29.6.2018
Social Report 2017

The report provides a comprehensive overview of staff and working conditions at the Office.

 
29.6.2018
EPO launches first-ever reinforced co-operation programme with South Africa

EPO President Benoît Battistelli and the Commissioner of the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) of South Africa, Rory Voller, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Reinforced Co-operation at the EPO in The Hague on 27 June.

 
27.6.2018
European Patent Office inaugurates new premises in The Hague

Designed by renowned architects Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Paris) and Dam & Partners Architecten (Amsterdam), the landmark building unites bold contemporary architecture with a modern, sophisticated infrastructure.

 
19.6.2018
EPO publishes Quality Report 2017

The EPO has today published the second edition of its dedicated Quality Report. Compared with the 2016 edition, the report provides more extensive information and details on existing and new measures to deliver high-quality products and services.

 
18.6.2018
World’s five largest patent offices convene for 2018 annual meeting

The heads of office addressed topics that are deemed to play an increasingly important role in the future of IP5 co-operation and which could have a significant impact on the global patent system, such as the further development of the Global Dossier and the increasing use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

 
12.6.2018
EPO intensifies co-operation with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office

EPO President Benoît Battistelli met with Johanne Bélisle, Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trademarks and CEO of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), in San Francisco to launch a comprehensive bilateral co-operation programme on patents.

 
11.6.2018
Achievements 2010 to 2018 published: “Modernising the EPO for excellence and sustainability”

The EPO has published a summary of achievements from the extensive modernisation reforms put in place 2010 to 2018.

 
7.6.2018
Outstanding inventors from France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland and the US honoured with European Inventor Award 2018

The EPO announced the winners of the European Inventor Award 2018 at a ceremony today in Paris, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, attended by some 600 guests from the areas of politics, business, intellectual property, science and academia.

 
7.6.2018
Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group Awards EPO President Battistelli for ‘Services to IP Protection’

The Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) today honoured EPO President Benoît Battistelli with a special award for his services to intellectual property.

5.6.2018
Together for Gender Diversity: Conference to foster gender diversity at the EPO

The European Patent Office hosted a conference on gender diversity at its Munich premises to celebrate the Charta der Vielfalt's 6th Diversity Day with its staff.

 
4.6.2018
EPO ranked No. 1 for quality and service in largest-ever IAM Magazine survey

The EPO has for the seventh consecutive time been ranked number one among the world's five largest patent offices by users for the quality of its patents and services in Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine's latest annual benchmarking survey.

30.5.2018
EPO hosts first conference on patenting Artificial Intelligence

More than 350 representatives of industry, academia, user associations, patent law firms, the judiciary, national patent offices and government bodies gathered in Munich today to discuss the challenges and opportunities of “Patenting Artificial Intelligence” (AI) at the EPO’s first major conference on the topic.

 
28.5.2018
EPO member states discuss co-operation on patents in Europe at 12th annual meeting

The EPO and the national patent offices of its 38 member states met in Limassol on 24/25 May to discuss how to advance co-operation in order to improve the quality and efficiency of the European patent system, and better serve inventors and industry.

 
25.5.2018
EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect

Today the European Union GDPR enters into force with the aim of ensuring a high level of data protection.

 
9.5.2018
EPO-OMPIC: a strategic partnership in support of technological and industrial development

EPO President Benoît Battistelli met Morocco's Minister for Industry, Investment, Trade and the Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, in Rabat.

 
4.5.2018
Europe’s patent information centres share experience in Ljubljana

Some 200 representatives from 36 countries gathered in Ljubljana this week at the EPO's 2018 PATLIB conference to discuss how best to support companies and inventors through their patent information services.

 
26.4.2018
United Kingdom ratifies Unified Patent Court Agreement

The United Kingdom has announced today that it has deposited the instruments of ratification of the Agreement relating to the Unified Patent Court (UPCA). This now brings the total number of ratifications to sixteen.

 
24.4.2018
Paying tribute to 15 outstanding inventors: European Inventor Award 2018 finalists announced

The 15 finalists for the European Inventor Award 2018, announced today by the EPO, have all made significant contributions to advancing technology, generating economic value and creating employment in Europe and throughout the world.

 
20.4.2018
EPO and AIPPI discuss strategic objectives

High-level representatives and experts from the EPO, led by President Benoît Battistelli, met with the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) Bureau headed by its President Hao Ma at the EPO headquarters in Munich yesterday.

 
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.

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