Archive for November 2012

Biotechnology and patents


Although biotechnology is important for the economy and society, patenting in this field sometimes faces opposition from the public, especially NGOs. The few cases concerned tend to attract a lot of attention, as did three patents recently granted by the EPO. They cover different kinds of processes for re-engineering genes to be used in medical […]

US, Japanese and European patent offices take stock of 30 years of cooperation


In Kyoto last week, the Trilateral Offices (JPO, USPTO and EPO) celebrated the 30th anniversary of their cooperation. This was an occasion to review some of the projects completed since the Trilateral’s inception. The EPO and the USPTO also took the opportunity to update on the Cooperative Patent Classification, which will enter into force on […]

Patent information, a top priority for the EPO


With 450 participants from 42 countries, the 2012 EPO Patent Information Conference in Hamburg was a record-breaking success. The conference, held in Hamburg from 6 to 8 November, was the 22nd event of its kind, offering, like its predecessors, a unique opportunity to meet patent information experts, service providers and industry representatives from all over […]