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Archive for March 2011

29.3.2011
Improving the patent system

The patent system is sometimes portrayed as a monopoly-granting machine which is both expensive and difficult to use. That is hardly a balanced view, of course, but I do acknowledge […]

 
22.3.2011
Lessons from Japan

For the last few days, all our thoughts have been with the Japanese people afflicted by a series of dreadful catastrophes. As the crisis has unfolded, I have been deeply […]

 
11.3.2011
Unitary Patent on track!

This week, the two long awaited EU projects related to the Unitary Patent and the European Patent Court were in the spotlight as a decision and an opinion from two […]

 
08.3.2011
National patent offices and European Patent Office: the two pillars of the European patent system

I have always been convinced meeting people and visiting them is the best way to understand them. That is why I see it as an important part of my role […]

 
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New EPO website for our users

The public launch of a new homepage is always an exciting event. I┬ámay have experienced it once or twice before in my career (three years ago at the French IP […]