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11.9.2012
High-level gathering of European patent judges in Dublin

Last week in Dublin, from 4 to 7 September, the mood was celebratory, with a double anniversary. Dublin Castle was the venue for the 16th European Patent Judges’ Symposium, exactly […]

 
03.7.2012
Breakthrough for the unitary patent

Like many of you, I was especially pleased at the outcome of last week’s European Council regarding the proposed European patent court. Agreement was finally reached, at the highest level […]

 
30.1.2012
ESAB – the EPO sets up a new economic and scientific tool

Last week, I had the pleasure of taking part in the first meeting of the EPO’s Economic and Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB). This new body is made up of eleven […]

 
19.1.2012
Another peak year for European patent filings

On Tuesday, we published our preliminary figures for patent filings received in 2011. They reached a new peak of 243 000, up 3% on the 2010 figure (235 000), which […]

 
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 […]

 
03.11.2011
Patents and biotechnology – latest developments

In no other area are patentability issues so controversial as in biotechnology. That might appear surprising; after all, the R&D work done in this field can pave the way for […]

 
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 […]

 
13.10.2011
Commissioner Barnier in Munich

Last week, I was delighted to welcome to the EPO an EU delegation led by Michel Barnier, the EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, and including two Members of […]

 
04.10.2011
Geneva rendezvous

WIPO’s annual general assemblies are a unique opportunity for the worldwide intellectual-property community to come together, with patent issues just one course on a very appetising menu. This year’s began […]

 
13.9.2011
US moves forward … Europe’s turn next?

On 8 September 2011, the US Senate passed a patent reform bill known as the America Invents Act. It makes some of the biggest changes to US patent law seen […]