Patent information

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 258 000 was nearly 5.7% above the figure for 2011. Three main regions account for almost 95% of the filings: 37% came from EPO member states; […]

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 the EU on the unitary patent package. For the EPO, 2013 will be marked in particular by the 40th anniversary of the signing of the […]

A big step forward for Patent Translate


In Brussels last week, I had the pleasure of launching – with the head of the Chinese Patent Office (SIPO), Commissioner Tian Lipu – the English-Chinese language pair for our Patent Translate service. Thanks to the very close and efficient co-operation between SIPO and the EPO, this new service has come into being just one […]

Patent information, a top priority for the EPO


With 450 participants from 42 countries, the 2012 EPO Patent Information Conference in Hamburg was a record-breaking success. The conference, held in Hamburg from 6 to 8 November, was the 22nd event of its kind, offering, like its predecessors, a unique opportunity to meet patent information experts, service providers and industry representatives from all over […]