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International co-operation

Raising IP awareness among EU policy-makers

Last week, in Brussels, the EPO and OHIM held a joint seminar on the essentials of IP for EU officials. I was delighted to see that this event attracted some […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]