Archive for December 2012

The unitary patent – Europe gives a boost to innovation

Finally, the EU institutions managed to agree last week on the so-called patent package, including the unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court. They deserve all praise for this landmark result. The decision is in keeping with Europe’s continuous efforts to raise its competitiveness and attractiveness. Looking back at the interminable, fruitless debates on this […]

A big step forward for Patent Translate

In Brussels last week, I had the pleasure of launching – with the head of the Chinese Patent Office (SIPO), Commissioner Tian Lipu – the English-Chinese language pair for our Patent Translate service. Thanks to the very close and efficient co-operation between SIPO and the EPO, this new service has come into being just one […]

The European Patent Academy

Last week, in Munich, I had the opportunity to meet members of the Supervisory Board of the Academy of the European Patent Organisation. My discussions with the Board members reminded me just how important the work of our Academy is. Nowadays, with the information society extending into every aspect of our lives, IP is headline […]