Archive for October 2013

Patent information stays high on the agenda

Last week, I attended the EPO Patent Information Conference, hosted this year by the city of Bologna, which, as an industrial, academic and cultural centre that has nurtured so many innovative minds, was the perfect location for a headline conference dealing with the dissemination of technical knowledge. This year’s event drew some 400 patent information […]

The EPO at 40 – a European and technical success

Last week, on 17 October, the EPO marked the 40th anniversary of the signing of the European Patent Convention, which took place in Munich on 5 October 1973. I had the pleasure of welcoming many guests from all over the world, in particular from Europe, the US and Asia. Among those attending the events organised […]

Measuring IP’s economic benefits

Last week in Brussels, at a press conference with Commissioner Michel Barnier and OHIM President António Campinos, I had the pleasure of presenting an EPO/OHIM joint study on the economic impact of intellectual property rights (IPR) in the EU. The study has a pioneering significance. Although some research has already been done on specific IP […]