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Archive for June 2011

30.6.2011
Transatlantic patent reform

Major decisions on patent system reform have very recently been taken on both sides of the Atlantic. Last week, the US House of Representatives passed a bill envisaging a move […]

 
21.6.2011
Fostering patent co-operation in Europe

The European patent system is a two-tier environment in which the European Patent Office is the single central authority empowered to grant patents for all our 38 member states whilst […]

 
15.6.2011
Staff survey 2011

I have always regarded the EPO as a European success story. Starting with just 7 member states, the Organisation now has 38, with a total of 600 million inhabitants. The […]

 
07.6.2011
G8 leaders support a quality patent system

Last week in Deauville (France), the G8 held its 37th summit. For the last five years, its general statement has always included a reference to IP issues. Initially, the focus […]

 
01.6.2011
A comprehensive IP strategy for Europe

On Monday 30 May 2011, the European Competitiveness Council discussed the Unitary Patent Protection project and the outcome represents one more positive step with the final adoption of the two […]