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17.11.2017
US-Bar-EPO Liaison Council meeting: Deepening US applicants’ understanding of European patent practice

This year's meeting of the US Bar-EPO Liaison Council, a forum to facilitate informal exchanges with US applicants, took place at the EPO's Munich headquarters on 15 November.

16.11.2017
IPO Education Foundation and EPO Day Conference held in Munich

This week the EPO co-hosted the IPO-EPO Day with the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Educational Foundation. The conference was organised in Europe for their members, including both US and European companies.

 
14.11.2017
Unitary Patent expected to boost trade and investment in the EU, new study shows

A study published today, 14 November 2017, by the EPO finds that the Unitary Patent could significantly enhance technology transfer in the EU through more trade and foreign direct investment (FDI). Improved harmonisation of Europe's patent system has the potential to increase trade and FDI in high-tech sectors by up to 2% and 15% in the EU, leading to annual gains of EUR 14.6 billion in trade and EUR 1.8 billion in FDI.

 
13.11.2017
EPO’s Patent information Conference focuses on evolution of services

New opportunities for patent information offered by technology trends were the focus of the 27th Patent Information Conference that took place this week in Sofia, Bulgaria. In the presence of the Bulgarian Deputy Minister for the Economy, Lachezar Borosov, EPO Vice-President Raimund Lutz outlined in his opening speech the key role of patent information services in the promotion of innovation.

 
12.10.2017
153rd meeting of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation (Munich, 10 and 11 October 2017)

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation held its 153rd meeting in Munich on 10 and 11 October 2017 under the chairmanship of Christoph ERNST (DE).

 
11.10.2017
António Campinos elected next EPO President

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, meeting in Munich today under the chairmanship of Christoph Ernst, has elected António Campinos to succeed Benoît Battistelli as President of the European Patent Office (EPO).

10.10.2017
EPO enhances international co-operation role during WIPO Assemblies

EPO signs PPH agreement with Brazil in Geneva last week and secures date for entry into force of new Validation Agreement with Tunisia.

 
5.10.2017
EPO welcomes Brazil into family of Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) partner offices

The EPO and Brazil have agreed to launch a joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme to enable work-sharing and accelerate patent prosecution at both offices, with the aim of improving the global IP system, supporting applicants and encouraging innovation.

 
4.10.2017
EPA und EAPO starten beschleunigte Patentprüfung

Erfinder und Unternehmen, die Patentschutz im EPA und im Eurasischen Patentamt (EAPO) beantragen, können nun die beschleunigte Patentprüfung in beiden Ämtern nutzen, nachdem das gemeinsame Pilotprogramm "Patent Prosecution Highway" (PPH) in Kraft getreten ist.

 
4.10.2017
Brevets européens en Tunisie : L’accord de validation entre l’OEB et la Tunisie entrera en vigueur le 1er décembre

Le Président de l'Office européen des brevets, Benoît Battistelli, et la Directrice générale de l'Institut national de la normalisation et de la propriété industrielle (INNORPI) de Tunisie, Madame Amel Ben Farhat, ont annoncé aujourd'hui qu'à partir du 1er décembre, un brevet européen sera considéré comme un brevet national tunisien.

 
2.10.2017
Beschwerdekammern nehmen Arbeit am neuen Standort auf

Der Umzug vom Hauptsitz des EPA an der Isar in ein separates Gebäude ist Teil eines umfassenden Reformpakets, das der Verwaltungsrat der Organisation im Juni 2016 beschlossen hat, um die Wahrnehmung der Unabhängigkeit und die Effizienz der Kammern zu stärken.

 
25.9.2017
Event on the role of patents in advancing climate change mitigation technologies

Some 100 experts from industry, government, international organisations, universities and research institutes, and technology transfer centres met in Athens last week to discuss some of the challenges and recent successes in developing and deploying new technologies to mitigate climate change.

 
21.9.2017
Neue Publikation zeigt die Wichtigkeit von Patenten für Europas kleine und mittlere Unternehmen (KMU)

Die Publikation soll innovative KMU für die Bedeutung von Patenten sensibilisieren und ihnen helfen, sich die Erfahrungen und die guten Praktiken der in den Fallstudien geschilderten Unternehmen für ihre eigene Weiterentwicklung und ihr Wachstum zunutze zu machen.

 
18.8.2017
Solidarity with the victims in Barcelona

The Management and staff of the European Patent Office are deeply shocked and saddened by news of the horrific attack which took place in Barcelona on Thursday, 17 August 2017.

13.7.2017
EPA-Sozialbericht 2016 veröffentlicht

Das EPA hat seinen Sozialberichts 2016 veröffentlicht, der einen umfassenden Überblick über die Personalsituation und die Arbeitsbedingungen im EPA bietet.

 
7.7.2017
Alberto Casado Cerviño to head new EPO Directorate-General Patent Granting Process

The Administrative Council of the EPO has extended the portfolio of activities of Vice-President Alberto Casado Cerviño. He will head the new Directorate-General Patent Granting Process at the EPO, which results from an internal reorganisation.

 
10.7.2017
Strike participation rates

In accordance with the rights guaranteed to EPO staff, a small proportion of the EPO's workforce observed their right to strike on Friday 30 June and Monday 3 July. A low rate of participation by staff was registered.

6.7.2017
Businesses eager for Unitary Patent to start in early 2018

Users voice strong support for the Unitary Patent package at conference in Munich

 
5.7.2017
EPA veröffentlicht erstmals Qualitätsbericht

Das EPA hat seinen ersten Qualitätsbericht veröffentlicht – eine neue jährliche Publikation, die Aufschluss darüber gibt, wie das Amt seine Qualitätspolitik in Bezug auf alle Produkte und Dienstleistungen umsetzt.

 
4.7.2017
Fast-track patent examination launched with Malaysia and the Philippines

On 1 July the EPO launched Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programmes with the patent offices of Malaysia and the Philippines to enable work-sharing and accelerated treatment of patent applications.

 
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