Quick Navigation

 

Blog

Patent information stays high on the agenda

28 October 2013 - No comments »

EPO President Benoît BattistelliLast week, I attended the EPO Patent Information Conference, hosted this year by the city of Bologna, which, as an industrial, academic and cultural centre that has nurtured so many innovative minds, was the perfect location for a headline conference dealing with the dissemination of technical knowledge. This year’s event drew some 400 patent information specialists to a wide range of presentations and discussions, flanked by exhibitions of products and services in this rapidly expanding field.

My exchanges with representatives of user associations – in particular, the Patent Documentation Group and the Patent Information Users’ Group – were interesting and rewarding, and confirmed my perception of the need for high-quality, reliable data. In 2012, the EPO received almost 260 000 new patent filings, and the world filings total reached two million. This places a huge burden not only on the patent examination process, but also on the dissemination of patent information. The resulting data has to be collected, checked, processed and made available in a form that meets the highest quality standards. This is why I was particularly pleased at the success of the EPO and its IP5 partners in agreeing on a patent information policy at our meeting in Cupertino, California, last June.

The EPO will continue to pursue three main goals: to build the best and most comprehensive patent databases; to lower the cost and language barriers on access to patent information; and to raise public awareness, in various spheres, of the importance of patent information, maximising the impact of these activities through studies and analyses that will feed into the public debates. In this area, 2013 has been, so far, a very productive year for the EPO, with the launch of the CPC in January, the extension of the CCD to the IP5 in March, the publication of our joint economic study with OHIM in September, and the further expansion of our Patent Translate service, which now, since the inclusion of Russian at the beginning of October, offers a total of 22 languages.

The further development of an efficient and reliable patent information system requires the participation of many actors, especially among user groups and patent offices. The EPO will continue to play a leading role in these efforts: for us, patent information remains a top priority. The next EPO Patent Information Conference will take place in autumn next year in Warsaw – I look forward to seeing you there.

  • Share this post:

Older posts

22.10.2013
The EPO at 40 – a European and technical success

Last week, on 17 October, the EPO marked the 40th anniversary of the signing of the European Patent Convention, which took place in Munich on 5 October 1973. I had […]

 
07.10.2013
Measuring IP’s economic benefits

Last week in Brussels, at a press conference with Commissioner Michel Barnier and OHIM President António Campinos, I had the pleasure of presenting an EPO/OHIM joint study on the economic […]

 
30.9.2013
Dynamic trends in the global patent system

At this year’s WIPO Assemblies, which began last week in Geneva, I had the opportunity to meet many heads of IP offices. My immediate impression was of a widespread determination […]

 
20.9.2013
Moving patent information up the agenda

This week in Munich I met the Board of the Patent Documentation Group, a long-established association of companies seeking to promote the effective use of patent information. We talked in […]

 
12.9.2013
Patentability: maintaining the balance

New IP challenges arise as new technologies emerge from R&D activities. This has been a pivotal issue for the patent system throughout its history, with the continual extension of its […]

 
02.9.2013
First half of 2013 – a preliminary assessment

The end of the summer break is usually a good time to review the first half of the year and see if any trends are already apparent from the facts […]

 
10.7.2013
A new building in The Hague

As an organisation requiring top performance from its staff, the EPO is committed to provide a working environment that meets the highest international standards. A central aspect of this concerns […]

 
01.7.2013
Croatia’s EU accession – good news for Europe

Today, Croatia joined the European Union as its 28th full member. It has already been a member of the European Patent Organisation since 1 January 2008, playing a very active […]

 
26.6.2013
Boosting inter-activity with the users

Since my arrival at the EPO in 2010, I have put strong emphasis on making the Office more user-friendly. This is happening in several ways: for example, in providing new […]