Archive for April 2016

Assessing Harmonisation on World Intellectual Property Day


Almost 15 years ago to the day, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) launched an event with the aim of increasing understanding of IP and its role. Celebrated every 26 April, it is an important vehicle for raising awareness of patents, copyright, trademarks and industrial designs. This year, the EPO had the pleasure of participating […]

Enhancing Professional Training


This week I had the pleasure to welcome at the EPO a delegation from the institute of professional representatives (epi) in order to discuss recent progress and results, and also to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. Our meeting on Tuesday was the latest in our ‘Partnership for Quality’ dialogue, a process of continuous exchange with our […]

The EPO and its Member States: Supporting Innovation Together


Last week, I was in London to discuss a range of matters with Baroness Neville-Rolfe, the UK Government Minister for Intellectual Property. Since her appointment in May 2015, we have always enjoyed a constructive relationship and last week’s discussions were equally productive. On the agenda were also the reforms that the EPO has put in […]