2020

2.4.2020
Users discuss expanding use of ViCos in oral proceedings at first-ever online SACEPO meeting

The EPO's Standing Advisory Committee (SACEPO) earlier this week held its user consultation meeting for the first time by video conference (ViCo).

 
31.3.2020
The EPO mourns with Italy over lives lost

Italy will today mourn the lives lost to Covid-19. Throughout the country, flags will be flown at half-mast and the nation will observe a minute of silence.

 
27.3.2020
EPO President Campinos: “Now is the time to make the UPP a reality”

The EPO strongly welcomes the announcement of the German government to continue its support for the introduction of the Unitary Patent system in Europe.

 
27.3.2020
EPO switches off lights to support Earth Hour 2020

Sustainability is a long-standing priority at the EPO, both from a governance perspective and at each site. The Office is committed to making a greater contribution to the long-term environmental goals of the Paris Agreement 2015 and aims to deliver all activities with the least environmental impact possible.

 
12.3.2020
Update on Coronavirus - SUPERSEDED by new continually updated page

Information for external partners and potential visitors to the EPO

 
12.3.2020
Digital technologies take top spot in European patent applications

According to the EPO Patent Index 2019, the surge in the fields of digital communication (+19.6%) and computer technology (+10.2%) is fuelling the sustained growth in patent filings

 
9.3.2020
Celebrating women inventors

To mark International Women's Day, the EPO looks back at women whose ground-breaking inventions push the boundaries of innovation.

 
2.3.2020
Open for public consultation: EPC and PCT-EPO Guidelines

The EPO today launched a public consultation on its Guidelines and invites interested parties to provide input

 
26.2.2020
IP high on the agenda of Croatia’s first EU presidency

A delegation headed by the EPO President attended an international conference on challenges in intellectual property held in Zagreb last week under Croatia's EU Council presidency.

 
22.2.2020
Note of solidarity with the people of Germany

The management and staff of the European Patent Office express their deepest solidarity with the people of Germany.

31.1.2020
Building bridges through cooperation: EPO and Cambodian Ministry of Industry and Handicraft host first IP conference

This week the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft (MIH) hosted their first joint IP conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

 
28.1.2020
EPO publishes grounds for its decision to refuse two patent applications naming a machine as inventor

The EPO has published its decision setting out the reasons for its recent refusal of two European patent applications in which an AI system was designated as the inventor.

 
23.1.2020
New insights into the patent system: first results from the EPO Academic Research Programme published

The EPO has published six research reports developed with funding from its Academic Research Programme. The research used patent data to investigate topics such as financing for innovation, knowledge transfer, trade, tracking inventions in the marketplace, and the growth of technologies to tackle climate change.

 
17.1.2020
Coordinating our response to AI and emerging technologies: five largest IP offices hold first joint task force meeting

The five largest intellectual property offices held the inaugural meeting of their joint Task Force on New Emerging Technologies and Artificial Intelligence this week in Berlin.

 
10.1.2020
The EPO and representatives from EU Member States call for the speedy implementation of the Unitary Patent package

António Campinos, President of the EPO, and his team met today with the Chair and members of the executive group of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Preparatory Committee, as well as with the Chair of the Unitary Patent Select Committee, to take stock of the state of play of the preparations to implement the Unitary Patent package.

 

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