Archive for September 2012

Strength in adversity: an EPO examiner shows the way

Last week the EPO held a reception in honour of Thierry Schmitter, a disabled examiner in our branch at The Hague, who won a bronze medal in the London 2012 Paralympic Sailing Regatta. The staff at The Hague joined me in congratulating Thierry on a further triumph, building on previous Paralympic successes in Athens and […]

Successful pilot of new web-based service for third-party observations

I have already talked about the IP5 partners’ decision, taken at the last Heads’ meeting in Corsica in June this year, to co-operate on setting up the so-called “Global Dossier”. Under its IT roadmap, adopted in June 2011, the EPO is already working to deliver specific and concrete steps to help realise this project. It […]

High-level gathering of European patent judges in Dublin

Last week in Dublin, from 4 to 7 September, the mood was celebratory, with a double anniversary. Dublin Castle was the venue for the 16th European Patent Judges’ Symposium, exactly 30 years after the first of these events, in 1982, and 20 years after Ireland’s accession to the European Patent Convention, which took effect on […]

EPO and SIPO – moving ahead with electronic document exchange

As President of the EPO, I often take the opportunity of this blog to inform readers about developments in our relations with other patent offices worldwide and the signing of international co-operation agreements. I take particular care to ensure that those agreements deliver concrete outcomes on time. This makes it all the more gratifying that […]