Archive for September 2013

Dynamic trends in the global patent system


At this year’s WIPO Assemblies, which began last week in Geneva, I had the opportunity to meet many heads of IP offices. My immediate impression was of a widespread determination to modernise national frameworks and ensure that innovation policy and the patent system are at the top of national agendas. In most cases, these plans […]

Moving patent information up the agenda


This week in Munich I met the Board of the Patent Documentation Group, a long-established association of companies seeking to promote the effective use of patent information. We talked in depth about improvements, current projects and outstanding issues in this key area. Opportunities for such exchanges are limited, as most user groups tend to focus […]

Patentability: maintaining the balance


New IP challenges arise as new technologies emerge from R&D activities. This has been a pivotal issue for the patent system throughout its history, with the continual extension of its scope due to technical progress. In Europe, the mechanisms established 40 years ago with the signing of the European Patent ConventionĀ  have proved to be […]

First half of 2013 – a preliminary assessment


The end of the summer break is usually a good time to review the first half of the year and see if any trends are already apparent from the facts and figures available. So this could be a good opportunity to update you on our activities, even if some of the data is still provisional. […]