Archive for May 2013

Tribute to our brilliant inventors


The European Inventor Award (EIA) ceremony held in Amsterdam on 28 May was a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to some of our most creative and inspiring inventors. Many representatives of the worlds of politics, industry, academia and industrial property took part in this event, including Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Michel […]

Universities, innovation and patents


The tasks of a patent office include the dissemination of patent information as well as the examination of patent applications. To me, the former is just as important as the latter. The EPO puts particular emphasis on this aspect of its mission and has devoted considerable human and technical resources to facilitating public access to […]

Europe Day to celebrate a strong and successful European patent system


This week, to mark Europe Day on 9 May, I was very pleased to welcome to Munich Mr¬†Rapkay from the European Parliament, who played an instrumental role in the unitary patent project, along with many representatives from the EU institutions, the Bavarian government, the Bavarian parliament and the City of Munich plus several distinguished members […]