2019

12.11.2019
EPO and Chinese IP office enhance their comprehensive strategic partnership

EPO President António Campinos and the Commissioner of the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), Shen Changyu, agreed to enhance their bilateral co-operation in the framework of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

 
11.11.2019
“Back to the future”: EPO supports TEDx event

The EPO yesterday participated in TEDxMünchen, an event in which scientists, artists, entrepreneurs and thought leaders shared insight from their respective areas of expertise.

 
8.11.2019
Margarita Salas - a pioneer in genetics and molecular biology

Message of condolence from the management and staff members of European Patent Office.

 
6.11.2019
EPO underlines importance of IP protection at Web Summit

An EPO delegation including António Campinos, EPO President, Nellie Simon, Vice-President Corporate Services, and several expert examiners took part in Web Summit in Lisbon between 4 and 6 November.

 
6.11.2019
EPO and LESI hold first conference on the importance of IP to high-growth firms

On 4 and 5 November 2019 the EPO and the Licensing Executives Society International held their first-ever joint conference focussed on the importance of IP to high-growth firms.

 
5.11.2019
Simplifying access to patent protection in Georgia

The EPO has signed a validation agreement with the government of Georgia, which, once in force, will allow European patent applications and patents to take legal effect in Georgia.

 
5.11.2019
EPO and Cambodia renew bilateral co-operation, take stock of their validation agreement

A delegation from Cambodia led by Senior Minister of Industry and Handicraft Cham Prasidh visited the EPO on 31 October to meet with a team from the EPO headed by President António Campinos.

 
5.11.2019
EPO and Mexico launch reinforced partnership

The EPO has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Reinforced Partnership with the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI), further strengthening the longstanding co-operation between Europe and Mexico in the area of patents.

 
4.11.2019
European patents help SMEs commercialise high-potential inventions, new study shows

A new study published today by the European Patent Office (EPO) finds that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) rely on European patents to protect their high-potential inventions and that two thirds of these inventions are commercially exploited.

 
31.10.2019
Digital technologies in the spotlight at EPO Patent Information Conference 2019

Around 350 patent professionals from 45 countries are gathering at the EPO’s 29th annual Patent Information Conference in Bucharest this week to discuss the latest developments in the field, and especially the impact of digital technologies on searching and using patent data.

 
22.10.2019
European Patent Office joins City of Munich’s climate pact to cut CO2 emissions

The European Patent Office (EPO) yesterday, 21 October 2019, joined a City of Munich initiative to reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to the Bavarian capital’s goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050.

 
18.10.2019
Further strengthening co-operation with our international partners

To strengthen international co-operation on patents, a delegation from the EPO met with representatives of IP offices from around the world on the fringes of the Assemblies of the Member States of the WIPO in Geneva last week and signed a number of agreements.

 
9.10.2019
Akira Yoshino, European Inventor Award winner, honoured with Nobel Prize

The Japanese chemist Akira Yoshino, winner of the European Inventor Award 2019, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year.

 
8.10.2019
EPO signs reinforced partnership agreement with Malaysia

EPO President António Campinos and the Director General of the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO), Dato' Mohd. Roslan bin Mahayudin, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Reinforced Partnership.

 
30.9.2019
EPO User Day 2019: Engaging with our users on our strategic plan, online services and sustainable technologies

The annual event, which took place on 24 September in The Hague, was attended by patent attorneys, paralegals and other IP specialists from 19 countries.

 
27.9.2019
Czech Industrial Property Office celebrates centenary

On 19 September, representatives of the EPO attended an international conference in Prague on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Industrial Property Office (IPO) of the Czech Republic.

 
25.9.2019
Intellectual property rights strongly benefit the European economy, EPO-EUIPO study finds

Industries that make intensive use of intellectual property rights (IPRs) such as patents, trademarks, industrial designs and copyright generate 45% of GDP (EUR 6.6 trillion) in the EU annually and account for 63 million jobs (29% of all jobs).

 
16.9.2019
EPO welcomes 750 visitors during Netherlands’ national heritage days

The EPO welcomed 750 visitors to its new premises in Rijswijk last weekend as part of the Netherlands' national heritage days (Open Monumentendag).

 
16.9.2019
EPO and USPTO heads meet in Munich

The heads of office spoke about their respective strategic plans and also addressed the rising importance of artificial intelligence, both in the patent granting process and as the subject-matter of patent applications, in addition to developments related to the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court.

 
13.9.2019
Heads of UKIPO, EPO and USPTO discuss global patent system with users at patents showcase event in London

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Chief Executive Tim Moss hosted Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Andrei Iancu and European Patent Office President António Campinos at a patent showcase event in London on 13 September.

 
12.9.2019
EPO meets with users and IP offices in Sweden, Finland and Denmark

Led by President António Campinos, an EPO delegation which included Nellie Simon, Vice-President Corporate Services, and Christoph Ernst, Vice-President for Legal and International Affairs, visited Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

 
3.9.2019
Referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal related to the patentability of computer-implemented simulations

The President of the EPO has filed his comments in the matter of the referral G 1/19 (“Patentability of computer-implemented simulations”) to the Enlarged Board of Appeal

 
20.8.2019
Cashless payment at EPO canteens and cafeterias

During the month of August, all EPO canteens and cafeterias are turning into cashless premises.

 
24.7.2019
Munich technology neighbours European Patent Office and Deutsches Museum strengthen partnership

This step enhances relations between the two technology organisations, and is also an invitation to other local institutions as well as Bavarian stakeholders to engage in an inspiring exchange on innovation.

 
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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