2019

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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