2019

23.7.2019
EPO publishes latest Environmental Report 2018

The EPO has published its Environmental Report 2018 which presents the environmental impact of the EPO's operations data across all locations in Berlin, Munich, The Hague and Vienna in 2018 and compares the results with those achieved in 2017.

 
22.7.2019
EPO and INPI Brazil to further enhance their co-operation

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the National Institute of Industrial Property of Brazil (INPI) have agreed to work towards enhancing their co-operation.

 
16.7.2019
EPO hosts annual meeting of Ethics Network of Multilateral Organisations

The EPO hosted the 11th annual meeting of the Ethics Network of Multilateral Organisations (ENMO) last week (9-12 July) at its headquarters in Munich, bringing together senior ethics officers from 37 multilateral intergovernmental institutions.

 
16.7.2019
2018 Social Report: key indicators of an attractive, modern and diverse organisation

The EPO published its Social Report 2018, which offers a comprehensive overview of staff and working conditions at the Office.

 
12.7.2019
EPO engages young leaders on current youth issues

The EPO yesterday partnered with TEDxYouth@München and engaged in dialogue with young opinion leaders.

 
9.7.2019
Transparency on quality of products and services: EPO publishes Quality Report 2018

The 2018 edition delves deeper into the patent grant process, describing the checks and safeguards that are in place at each phase of the procedure at the Office.

 
2.7.2019
EPO and INPI Argentina sign first Reinforced Partnership Agreement in Latin America

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the National Institute of Industrial Property of Argentina (INPI) are stepping up their cooperation.

 
1.7.2019
EPO extends Patent Prosecution Highway pilot programme with IP Australia

With effect from 1 July 2019, the European Patent Office (EPO) will be extending its PPH pilot programme with IP Australia, thus enabling applicants at both offices to continue obtaining patents more quickly and efficiently.

 
1.7.2019
EPO launches reinforced partnership with Ethiopia

Following the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding on Reinforced Partnership with Ethiopia in April of this year, EPO President António Campinos and the Director-General of the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO), Ermias Yemanebirhan, signed their first Biennial Work Plan for 2019-21 on the occasion of a visit by a high-level Ethiopian delegation to Munich last week.

 
27.6.2019
A vision of sustainability: European Patent Office publishes Strategic Plan 2023

The European Patent Office has published its Strategic Plan (SP2023) outlining its vision for the years ahead. The EPO’s Strategic Plan (SP2023), unanimously adopted by its Administrative Council, focuses on achieving five goals that will ensure the EPO is capable of delivering excellence to all its stakeholders

 
20.6.2019
European Patent Office honours exceptional inventors from Austria, France, Japan, the Netherlands and Spain with European Inventor Award 2019

The European Patent Office (EPO) today honoured exceptional inventors from Austria, France, Japan, the Netherlands and Spain with the European Inventor Award 2019 at a ceremony in Vienna.

 
18.6.2019
European Inventor Award 2019: Watch the award ceremony broadcast live from Vienna

The winners of the European Inventor Award 2019 will be announced later this week (20 June) when the EPO and IP community come together to celebrate the spirit of innovation at a ceremony in Vienna.

 
13.6.2019
World’s five largest patent offices agree on joint task force for emerging technologies and AI

The heads of the five largest patent offices held their annual meeting on 13 June in Incheon, Korea. The five offices, known as the IP5, together handle around 85 percent of the world’s patent applications.

 
13.6.2019
EPO and EUIPO renew their co-operation

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), renewing their commitment to a comprehensive co-operation framework to further improve services for companies, researchers and inventors in Europe and worldwide.

 
4.6.2019
Space travel: a driver of innovation

Moon talk, astronauts and inventions at the Deutsches Museum

 
21.5.2019
Joint EPO-EUIPO study finds strong link between growth of SMEs and their use of IP

New study looks at relationship between SMEs, growth and use of Intellectual Property Rights.

 
15.5.2019
Summit gives new boost to Europe's network of patent information centres

At the PATLIB Summit held last week in Porto, representatives of patent information centres from across Europe provisionally adopted a set of recommendations aimed at boosting the EPO's support for the PATLIB Network, and further improving services for companies, researchers and inventors.

 
10.5.2019
Search Matters 2019: Insight for searchers and patent information professionals focuses on AI

The EPO has held its annual Search Matters conference at its headquarters in Munich.

 
7.5.2019
EPO announces the finalists for the European Inventor Award 2019

The Award, now in its 14th year, celebrates the genius and creativity of inventors and inventor teams for their contributions to scientific and technological progress, their role in generating economic growth, and their impact on our daily lives.

 
18.4.2019
Have your say: last round of public consultation for the EPO's Strategic Plan 2023

The EPO has published its draft Strategic Plan 2023 and is now inviting all stakeholders to provide their views on the document.

 
16.4.2019
Medtech CII event to raise awareness among SMEs

The EPO and the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) jointly hosted the first in a series of events on computer-implemented inventions in medical technology last week in Lund, Sweden.

 
11.4.2019
European Patent Office’s new premises in The Hague receives international award as “Best Tall Office Building”

The new premises of the European Patent Office (EPO) in The Hague have been named "Best Tall Office Building" by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), an internationally recognised arbiter on tall buildings.

 
10.4.2019
Patent research grants – call for proposals 2019

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

 
5.4.2019
Referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal related to plant patentability

Today, pursuant to Article 112(1)(b) EPC, the President of the EPO has submitted questions to the Enlarged Board of Appeal which relate to the patentability of plants exclusively obtained by essentially biological processes and to decision T 1063/18 of a Technical Board of Appeal of December 2018.

 
5.4.2019
EPO and Jordan launch negotiations on validation agreement

The heads of the EPO and the Jordanian Industrial Property Protection Directorate (IPPD) met in Munich today to start negotiations on a validation agreement.

 
29.3.2019
EPO Contracting States discuss next steps regarding the patentability of plants obtained by essentially biological processes

In the 159th meeting of the Administrative Council, the representatives of the 38 EPO Contracting States together with the European Patent Office discussed the need to find a solution in the short term following the decision T 1063/18

 
18.3.2019
EPO, CEN and CENELEC to cooperate on standards and patents

The European Patent Office (EPO), the European Committee of Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance the support they provide to industry and stakeholders in Europe and beyond in the field of standard-essential patents.

 
14.3.2019
EPO publishes blockchain conference report

As a follow-up to its "Patenting Blockchain" conference, the European Patent Office (EPO) has published a conference report entitled "Talking about a new revolution: blockchain" to provide insight into the impact of this technology on the patent system.

 
12.3.2019
European companies and inventors file more patent applications in 2018

The number of patent applications filed with the European Patent Office (EPO) grew by 4.6% last year, reaching a new high of 174 317 (2017: 166 594). The EPO's Annual Report for 2018 shows an increase in patents filed from all major industrial regions but European companies maintained the lead in their home market,

 
8.3.2019
Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019: EPO launches ‘Women in the Lead’ mentorship programme

The EPO celebrated International Women's Day on 8 March by launching "Women in the Lead", a mentorship programme in which senior managers will mentor women at the Office.

 
7.3.2019
EU Presidency conference on Intellectual Property in Bucharest

EPO President António Campinos has spoken about the importance of cooperation at an IP conference in Bucharest, Romania.

 
5.3.2019
Report on the results of the user consultation on increased flexibility in the timing of examination process now available online

The consultation received a high interest in terms of user participation, with over 620 responses both from individuals and user groups.

 
20.2.2019
EPO member states discuss patentability of plants obtained by essentially biological processes

In the meeting of the Committee on Patent Law, the Office and the representatives of the 38 EPO Contracting States, together with the European Commission as observer, had a first exchange of views on possible next steps following the recent decision T 1063/18 of an EPO Board of Appeal on plant patentability.

 
14.2.2019
EPO artwork on loan at the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe

A work on loan from the EPO's art collection is being featured in an exhibition at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany.

 
8.2.2019
Enhancing the visibility of intellectual property: EPO and LESI sign MoU on bilateral co-operation

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral co-operation to help innovators make better use of the European patent system.

 
5.2.2019
Board of Appeal decision on plant patentability published

Today, the EPO was informed that in case T1063/18 regarding the patentability of plants a decision has been issued by the competent Technical Board of Appeal.

 
23.1.2019
Contribute to our Strategic Plan 2023 in our public consultation

The EPO is inviting all stakeholders to participate in a public consultation which will provide input for its Strategic Plan 2023.

 
2.1.2019
EPO’s new vice-presidents take up their posts

They were elected by the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation in October 2018 for a five-year term.

 

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