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International co-operation

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 […]

 
12.1.2012
2012 – towards a stronger Europe

First of all, let me wish you all a Happy New Year! This is traditionally the time to review the achievements of the old year, and to look ahead – […]

 
17.12.2011
The unitary patent and the European Patent Court – negotiations nearly complete?

Will we get a decision this year? On 5 December, the EU Competitiveness Council discussed the unitary patent and European Patent Court package. Although no final decision was taken, well-informed […]

 
05.12.2011
China and Europe, SIPO and the EPO – two strategic partners in the patent field

The latest yearly bilateral meeting between the Chinese Patent Office (SIPO) and the EPO, held in Chongqing (South West China) last week, was further testimony to the long and fruitful […]

 
10.11.2011
Trilateral co-operation – working to make life easier for users

This week, the EPO had the pleasure to host the annual Trilateral conference. We held it in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, with my counterparts David Kappos (USPTO) and Yoshiyuki Iwai (JPO) […]

 
20.10.2011
Improving the dissemination of patent information

I have just had the pleasure of opening the EPO Patent Information Conference 2011 which is taking place in Kilkenny (Ireland) from 18 to 20 October. Kilkenny occupies a special […]