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23.9.2014
45th AIPPI World Intellectual Property Congress in Toronto

The World Intellectual Property Congress of the AIPPI is a unique opportunity to meet IP professionals, users from industry and private practice from all over the world. Nearly 1,500 participants […]

 
17.9.2014
IP celebrations in Prague

After the summer break, I am particularly glad to start with a blog reporting on the celebrations for the 95th anniversary of Czech Industrial Property Office which took place last […]

 
16.6.2014
Reviewing European cooperation

The European Patent Network is a unique framework of interaction and cooperation, bringing together a regional authority – the European Patent Office – with the national patent offices of the […]

 
12.6.2014
Progress in practical harmonisation

The latest IP5 Heads and Industry meeting, held last week in Busan, South Korea, was a good opportunity to assess the progress in implementation of our common projects. It was […]

 
14.4.2014
Progress in the harmonisation of the patent system

Last week in Trieste, Italy, I attended two meetings involving patent offices and industry from three regions (Europe, the US and Japan), dedicated to the harmonisation of rules, procedures and […]

 
03.3.2014
Forging closer ties with our Asian partners

Last week, in Tokyo, I had the pleasure to address Japanese IP specialists from industry at the annual meeting of the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA), which brought together hundreds […]

 
04.2.2014
Mexico joins the race for innovation

My official visit to Mexico last week was a valuable opportunity to meet the national authorities and patent system users, and also to assess the scope for reinforcing the long-standing […]

 
27.1.2014
IP valuation: a building block for success

Over the past decade, the valuation and monetisation of intellectual property have become ever more important. In the past, the approach to these matters was mainly defensive, when liquidity problems […]

 
21.1.2014
2013 at the EPO: sustaining growth and progress

The EPO filing figures for 2013 were published last week. Although they remain preliminary – largely because of the 2013 PCT applications which have yet to reach us -, the […]

 
03.12.2013
The EPO and SIPO reinforce their cooperation

The cooperation between the EPO and the patent office of China (SIPO) dates back almost 30 years, to the signing of the first cooperation agreement in 1985. The bilateral Heads […]