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16.12.2013
Progress in 2013 on the unitary patent package

Less than a year after the entry into force of the EU Regulations on unitary patent protection and the signing of the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPC), it […]

 
07.10.2013
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 […]

 
01.7.2013
Croatia’s EU accession – good news for Europe

Today, Croatia joined the European Union as its 28th full member. It has already been a member of the European Patent Organisation since 1 January 2008, playing a very active […]

 
31.5.2013
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 […]

 
25.3.2013
Moving ahead with the unitary patent: the Select Committee holds its first meeting

After the adoption of the EU regulations on the unitary patent in December 2012 and the recent signing of the international agreement on the Unified Patent Court, a further milestone […]

 
20.2.2013
Breakthrough for a Unified Patent Court in Europe

Yesterday in Brussels, a historic moment arrived with the signing by 24 EU member states of the international Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPC). This completes the unitary patent […]

 
18.12.2012
The unitary patent – Europe gives a boost to innovation

Finally, the EU institutions managed to agree last week on the so-called patent package, including the unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court. They deserve all praise for this landmark […]

 
15.10.2012
The Nobel Peace Prize for the EU

The decision to bestow the Nobel Prize on the EU was certainly unexpected. But the honour is fully deserved. The award powerfully underlines the essential message of European unity, aside […]