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International co-operation

03.2.2016
Reinforcing partnerships with Latin America

For the EPO, Latin America and its emerging economies have been important partners. We have long enjoyed bilateral cooperation with countries such as Brazil and Mexico and with whom we […]

 
01.12.2015
EPO-SIPO cooperation: Recent milestones and future hopes

As those of you following developments at the EPO will be aware, 2015 is a very special year for our Office and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s […]

 
23.10.2015
Celebrating thirty years of EPO-SIPO bilateral relations

This is a special year for the EPO and SIPO. 2015 marks the thirtieth anniversary of bilateral cooperation between our offices. The productive relationship that now exists between the patent-granting […]

 
12.10.2015
The global relations of a European office

Last week I was in Geneva for the Fifty-Fifth Series of Meetings of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Assemblies. It has been a hugely productive few days. A packed […]

 
29.5.2015
8th IP5 Heads of Office meeting evaluates past progress and future goals

Last week I attended the IP5 Heads of Office meeting in Suzhou, China, to discuss progress on a number of developments that are of primary importance to the five largest […]

 
23.4.2015
Meeting our Global Users

Last week the members of FICPI – Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuel, gathered in the stunning city of Cape Town, South Africa, for their World Congress, under the […]

 
17.2.2015
EPO Quality Dashboard 2014 – an excellent year

Last year was a milestone for the EPO’s Quality Management System (QMS). It was the culmination of several years of work in a variety of areas – implementing and refining […]

 
20.1.2015
A win-win agreement between the EPO and Morocco

This week we witnessed an historic “first” from the perspective of the European Patent Organisation: the validation agreement with Morocco. Indeed the EPO, starting with 7 member states in 1977, […]

 
19.12.2014
2014, another successful year for the EPO

As the year draws to a close, it is time to look back on the achievements of the last twelve months. First, 2014 can be regarded as a very successful […]

 
27.11.2014
Celebrating 20 years of OHIM

Anniversaries are a good opportunity to reflect on the past, to review achievements and to imagine future improvements. In this regard, I think it is fair to say that the […]