International co-operation

The importance of patents to the European economy


Today the EPO and EUIPO published their latest study on the value of Intellectual Property Intensive (IPR) industries. It is the second such joint report carried out that assesses the value of industries that intensively use patents, copyright and trademarks, among others. The results show that once again, IPR intensive industries are playing a defining role […]

The EPO at the WIPO General Assemblies


Earlier this week, I reflected on our recent meeting with SIPO and how close cooperation with other patent offices can yield initiatives and projects that deliver tangible results for our users. For the last few days, myself and a delegation from the EPO have been at the WIPO General Assemblies in Geneva where we set […]

The Importance of EPO-SIPO Cooperation


Every year, the EPO holds meetings with user associations from around the world and last week, we were looking west towards our transatlantic partners. As I mentioned in my last blog on that subject (see below post), engaging in this dialogue helps us to gather vital feedback from users and to better understand their needs. In […]

Ten Years of Annual Bilateral Cooperation Meetings


2016 is an important year for bilateral cooperation; it is the tenth year in which we have held an annual bilateral cooperation meeting, since the first of its kind was held in 2007 in Vilnius, Lithuania. I was therefore delighted last week to be in Tirana, Albania, for our annual meeting with the EPO’s member […]

The Benefits of Validation


Last week I was delighted to represent the EPO at the first Casablanca IP week, organised under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI by the Ministry of Industry, Trade, Investment and the Digital Economy and the Moroccan Office of Industrial and Commercial Property (OMPIC). The event included various conferences, round tables and […]

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 […]

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 have been able to work on patent administration and information initiatives. It is for that reason that I was in Latin America last week, to […]

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 Republic of China (SIPO). It is the thirtieth anniversary of bilateral cooperation between our organisations. In Europe, we marked this occasion with a successful special […]