Archive for April 2013

PATLIB centres – patent information takes centre stage


Last week in Munich, we had the pleasure of holding the Patent Library (PATLIB) seminar. This event, first held in 1990, brings together a large number of patent information centres which form a pan-European network. The PATLIB centres are perhaps less well known than they should be, considering the pivotal role they play in disseminating […]

The epi turns 35


This year, the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi) is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its foundation, and I was very pleased to be present at the ceremony held last week in Vienna to mark this occasion. I would like to take this opportunity to thank again Mr Tony Tangena, the […]

Language matters


Last week, in Paris, I put my signature to a Memorandum of Understanding between the EPO and the Institut fran├žais on the subject of French language training. Similar agreements for English and German, the EPO’s other two official languages, were signed in March with the British Council and the Goethe Institute. They represent a further […]