Archive for March 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 that we must keep working hard to improve access to patent information and to make the system more affordable, especially for European innovators and SMEs. […]

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 moved by their courage and dignity in these tragic circumstances. EPO staff too have shown heartfelt sympathy for their plight. Over the years, the Japanese […]

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 EU institutions were announced. It is also worth noting that the very same week, the US Senate has largely voted in favour of a major […]

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 as EPO President to work in close contact with the different stakeholders in the patent system, in particular the national patent offices of the EPO’ […]


New EPO website for our users

The public launch of a new homepage is always an exciting event. I may have experienced it once or twice before in my career (three years ago at the French IP office, for example) but I have to say that this particular relaunch is really something rather special. The EPO is a global IP player. That makes […]