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EPO at the forefront of renewable energy technology

Recently, the EPO announced that the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched a joint initiative with the EPO to provide access to information on renewable energy technologies. Thanks to […]

2014, another successful year for the EPO

As the year draws to a close, it is time to look back on the achievements of the last twelve months. First, 2014 can be regarded as a very successful […]

Europe and China in strategic partnership for patents

It comes as a surprise to some that the relationship between the EPO and the Patent Office of China (SIPO) started decades ago. Ever since Deng Xiaoping began to open […]

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 […]

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 […]