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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Europe and China in strategic partnership for patents

It comes as a surprise to some that the relationship between the EPO and the Patent Office of China (SIPO) started decades ago. Ever since Deng Xiaoping began to open […]

Fresh insight on our relations with the U.S.

Having regular contacts with our users, in and outside Europe, is of utmost importance to ensure that our services still meet their needs and also to receive feedback on the […]