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06.6.2013
International harmonisation in progress

For many years, industry has been calling for international harmonisation of the patent system – an understandable demand that has been further amplified by the accelerating pace of globalisation. Harmonisation […]

 
21.5.2013
Universities, innovation and patents

The tasks of a patent office include the dissemination of patent information as well as the examination of patent applications. To me, the former is just as important as the […]

 
30.4.2013
PATLIB centres – patent information takes centre stage

Last week in Munich, we had the pleasure of holding the Patent Library (PATLIB) seminar. This event, first held in 1990, brings together a large number of patent information centres […]

 
16.4.2013
Language matters

Last week, in Paris, I put my signature to a Memorandum of Understanding between the EPO and the Institut fran├žais on the subject of French language training. Similar agreements for […]

 
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 […]

 
12.2.2013
PCT Authorities committed to enhancing quality

Last week, the EPO had the pleasure of hosting the 20th session of the PCT Meeting of International Authorities (MIA) in Munich. 2013 is a significant year, with the 35th […]

 
04.2.2013
Au revoir, David

Last week, David Kappos took his leave from the US Patent and Trademark Office, after serving as its Director since August 2009. I would like to take this opportunity to […]

 
07.1.2013
The Cooperative Patent Classification – a decisive step forward in patent harmonisation

This is my first blog post in 2013, so let me start by wishing you all the very best for the new year. 2012 ended with the historic decisions of […]

 
10.12.2012
A big step forward for Patent Translate

In Brussels last week, I had the pleasure of launching – with the head of the Chinese Patent Office (SIPO), Commissioner Tian Lipu – the English-Chinese language pair for our […]