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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 […]

 
05.12.2012
The European Patent Academy

Last week, in Munich, I had the opportunity to meet members of the Supervisory Board of the Academy of the European Patent Organisation. My discussions with the Board members reminded […]

 
20.11.2012
US, Japanese and European patent offices take stock of 30 years of cooperation

In Kyoto last week, the Trilateral Offices (JPO, USPTO and EPO) celebrated the 30th anniversary of their cooperation. This was an occasion to review some of the projects completed since […]

 
30.10.2012
Patent Translate doubles its offering

Last Thursday, the EPO released the second batch of languages automatically translated from and into English via the Patent Translate service on our Espacenet website. The new languages are: Danish, […]

 
09.10.2012
The EPO on the global stage

The WIPO General Assembly provides a unique opportunity to meet colleagues from IP offices across the globe. Each day is like a world tour, as more and more countries, large […]

 
01.10.2012
Moving into the future with patent classification

Today marks a stepping stone towards the harmonisation of the global patent system. You may wonder what’s happening that makes 1 October 2012 so special. The answer may sound unspectacular, […]