Archive for November 2013

Concrete benefits from IP5 cooperation

The EPO has long seen the need to respond to the globalisation of the patent process, reflected in the ever-increasing proportion of patents filed in multiple offices and in the growing geographical diversity of prior art. The IP5 has addressed these issues by developing systems that allow examiners to benefit from the regional and linguistic […]

Raising IP awareness among EU policy-makers

Last week, in Brussels, the EPO and OHIM held a joint seminar on the essentials of IP for EU officials. I was delighted to see that this event attracted some 130 participants, from the EU institutions, national governments and IP offices, indicating the strong awareness within the European policy-making community of the crucial role of […]

Helping to shape the future litigation system

On 25 and 26 October the European Patent Academy‘s European Judges Forum was held at Venice International University on the island of San Servolo. This forum, launched in 2005 and organised in co-operation with the Intellectual Property Judges Association (IPJA) and the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW), brings together a large number of judges and […]