Archive for March 2012

2011 filings in detail

Back in January, we published a general summary of our preliminary filing figures for 2011. We have now consolidated those figures, giving us a more detailed picture of last year’s main trends and rankings. The data first of all confirms the positive filing results initially reported: the EPO received a total of 244 437 applications […]

Greening the EPO

A few days ago, I opened “Greening the EPO”, an event organised by EPO Facility Management staff and our Amicale, or social committee. I was delighted to do so, for two main reasons. First, at the EPO we are well aware of the many possibilities for reducing the adverse effects of human activity on the […]

The re-established Estonian Patent Office

If you try to describe Europe in just a few words, “diversity” will almost certainly be one of the first that comes to mind. And in many ways the European Patent Organisation mirrors Europe and its recent historical, economic and social development. To take a topical example, I have just had the great pleasure of […]

Patent Translate service goes live!

Yesterday was D-day for the EPO’s latest patent information service – Patent Translate. When we signed our machine-translation (MT) partnership with Google less than a year ago, we were all eager to see the project come to fruition as soon as possible, and our teams have worked very hard since then to achieve that. So […]