Archive for April 2011

Let’s celebrate IP… but not as an end in itself

Nearly ten years ago to the day, on 26 April 2001, the first World Intellectual Property Day was held. Its aim was “to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe”. And increasingly, it is true, a country’s international competitiveness seems to depend on its […]

Quality is the issue

The European Commission recently published the results of its “Patqual” survey, which asked European users for their views on the quality of the patent system in Europe. Obviously, it will never be easy to agree on a precise definition of patent quality, but this study does give some clear indications about how users see the […]

EPO a global player

This week, I had the opportunity to present the EPO’s 2010 statistics to the European and international press. Analysing the figures, two key messages emerge. Firstly, with incoming filings 11 % up on 2009, we have recovered well from last year’s downturn and even exceeded the previous peak (in 2008). For patents at least, the […]

My 35th AC meeting

Last week, I attended my third Administrative Council meeting as EPO President. But it was also my 35th AC, including those I took part in first as head of the French delegation, then as deputy chairman and lastly as chairman. For me, these meetings are always big occasions, because they provide opportunities to meet and […]