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14.11.2014
Adapting patent information to the global needs

Last week in Warsaw the EPO organised its popular Patent Information Conference (EPOPIC). It is always a pleasure for me to attend this unique annual gathering of patent information specialists […]

 
16.6.2014
Reviewing European cooperation

The European Patent Network is a unique framework of interaction and cooperation, bringing together a regional authority – the European Patent Office – with the national patent offices of the […]

 
28.10.2013
Patent information stays high on the agenda

Last 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 […]

 
21.5.2013
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 […]

 
30.4.2013
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 […]

 
16.4.2013
Language matters

Last week, in Paris, I put my signature to a Memorandum of Understanding between the EPO and the Institut français on the subject of French language training. Similar agreements for […]

 
15.3.2013
Pushing for quality: messages from the EPO’s economic and scientific advisers

This week, the EPO’s Economic and Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB) published the results of its activities in 2012, investigating three topics of its own choosing: fee policy, quality and patent […]

 
04.2.2013
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 […]

 
17.1.2013
European patent filings hit another high in 2012

Today saw the publication of the preliminary figures for European patent filings in 2012, which show an increase for the third year in a row. The total of almost 258 […]

 
07.1.2013
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 […]