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19.10.2018
Espacenet: 20 years of free access to patent information in Europe

At its launch, Espacenet immediately provided free access to 30 million patent documents from around the world, and has grown steadily to include more than 100 million documents from over 100 countries - making it one of the single largest sources of technical information available today.

 
18.10.2018
US Bar-EPO Liaison Council meeting 2018

The 34th annual meeting of the US Bar-EPO Liaison Council took place at the EPO's Munich headquarters on Friday, 12 October 2018.

 
11.10.2018
Nellie Simon appointed EPO Vice-President for Corporate Services

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation has appointed Nellie Simon Vice-President of the European Patent Office's Directorate-General Corporate Services.

10.10.2018
Christoph Ernst to be next EPO Vice-President for Legal and International Affairs

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, in a meeting chaired by the Council's Deputy Chairman, Josef Kratochvíl, has appointed Christoph Ernst Vice-President of the European Patent Office's (EPO) Directorate-General Legal and International Affairs.

10.10.2018
Stephen Rowan appointed EPO Vice-President for Patent Granting Process

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, the Organisation's legislative body, has appointed Stephen Rowan Vice-President of the European Patent Office Directorate-General Patent Granting Process.

 
5.10.2018
EPO fosters international co-operation during WIPO Assemblies

A high-level EPO delegation led by President António Campinos attended the WIPO Assemblies in Geneva last week to meet with counterparts from national patent offices from around the world to help shape the EPO's international agenda for 2019.

 
25.9.2018
EPO and Chinese IP office sign bilateral co-operation plan

The EPO and the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA, formerly SIPO) have agreed on a co-operation programme for next year as part of their long-term strategic partnership on strengthening the patent system.

 
24.9.2018
Co-operation with Spain on patents

During his first official visit to Spain last week, EPO President António Campinos met with Ministers to discuss how to further strengthen the patent system and support innovation and economic growth.

 
17.8.2018
The EPO further reduces its environmental impact

The EPO has published its 2017 Environmental Report, which presents environmental data and reports on progress the Office achieved in its environmental performance across all EPO locations in Berlin, Munich, The Hague and Vienna.

 
23.7.2018
Referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal: Appeal deemed not to be filed or inadmissible in case of delayed fee payment?

In accordance with Article 112(1)(b) EPC the President of the European Patent Office has referred a point of law concerning the interpretation of Article 108 EPC to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (case G 1/18).

 
10.7.2018
Making the IP ecosystem more efficient and effective: EPO hosts 2018 IP Executive Week

The EPO this week hosts the fifth edition of the IP Executive Week. The annual event is co-organised with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and brings together delegates from a network of more than 60 IP offices around the world to discuss the latest developments in intellectual property.

 
5.7.2018
Europe gears up for the Unitary Patent

Conference participants voice strong support for the Unitary Patent package and are eager to see the start of the new system

 
2.7.2018
António Campinos takes over as President of the European Patent Office

With a strong record of 20 years of executive leadership experience in the Intellectual Property field, the Portuguese national was elected President in October 2017 by the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, the EPO's legislative body, for a five-year term.

 
29.6.2018
Social Report 2017

The report provides a comprehensive overview of staff and working conditions at the Office.

 
29.6.2018
EPO launches first-ever reinforced co-operation programme with South Africa

EPO President Benoît Battistelli and the Commissioner of the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) of South Africa, Rory Voller, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Reinforced Co-operation at the EPO in The Hague on 28 June.

 
27.6.2018
L’Office européen des brevets inaugure ses nouveaux locaux à la Haye

Conçu par les célèbres architectes Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Paris) et Dam & Partners Architecten (Amsterdam), ce bâtiment phare allie architecture contemporaine audacieuse et infrastructures modernes sophistiquées.

 
19.6.2018
EPO publishes Quality Report 2017

The EPO has today published the second edition of its dedicated Quality Report. Compared with the 2016 edition, the report provides more extensive information and details on existing and new measures to deliver high-quality products and services.

 
18.6.2018
World’s five largest patent offices convene for 2018 annual meeting

The heads of office addressed topics that are deemed to play an increasingly important role in the future of IP5 co-operation and which could have a significant impact on the global patent system, such as the further development of the Global Dossier and the increasing use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

 
12.6.2018
EPO intensifies co-operation with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office

EPO President Benoît Battistelli met with Johanne Bélisle, Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trademarks and CEO of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), in San Francisco to launch a comprehensive bilateral co-operation programme on patents.

 
11.6.2018
Achievements 2010 to 2018 published: “Modernising the EPO for excellence and sustainability”

The EPO has published a summary of achievements from the extensive modernisation reforms put in place 2010 to 2018.

 
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