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International co-operation

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, […]

 
03.9.2012
EPO and SIPO – moving ahead with electronic document exchange

As President of the EPO, I often take the opportunity of this blog to inform readers about developments in our relations with other patent offices worldwide and the signing of […]

 
11.6.2012
IP5 Heads and users associations agreed on next targets

Following a tradition initiated by the USPTO when it organised the first yearly IP5 meeting in 2007 in Hawaii, I had the pleasure to welcome my colleagues last week on […]

 
29.5.2012
EPO fully committed to major PCT improvements

WIPO’s PCT working group is meeting again in Geneva this week – a good opportunity to point out that the PCT has always been one of the EPO’s top priorities. […]

 
21.5.2012
Russian now on board for machine translation

On Wednesday, 16 May I was in Moscow to sign an agreement with the Russian patent office – Rospatent – about Patent Translate, our MT service. Over the coming months, […]

 
08.5.2012
Bilateral EPO – WIPO agreement makes for more efficient and balanced global patent system

It was my great pleasure to welcome WIPO Director General Francis Gurry to Munich last Thursday for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between our two institutions. In […]

 
16.4.2012
Brazil and Europe intensify co operation on patents

Within the group of BRICS countries, Brazil offers both a dynamic economy and attractive new market opportunities. Positive developments are also apparent in intellectual property, where national patent filings have […]

 
09.3.2012
The re-established Estonian Patent Office

If you try to describe Europe in just a few words, “diversity” will almost certainly be one of the first that comes to mind. And in many ways the European […]

 
09.2.2012
Access to Asian prior art

Following on from the first agreement on our machine translation programme, reached in November 2011 with the Chinese Patent Office (SIPO), this week in Tokyo I was very pleased to […]