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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 […]

 
06.9.2011
Patent activities over the summer break

The summer break is traditionally a quiet period for industry and for patents as well, with August usually the month which produces the lowest number of patent filings. However, this […]

 
27.7.2011
EU patent issues – expectations high but reasonable

In mid-summer, it is always a good idea to look ahead at what the calendar holds in store. September is invariably a busy month, culminating each year in the regular […]

 
21.7.2011
Patents as intangible assets

The core tasks of the EPO – like any other patent office – are to examine the legal validity of patent applications and to disseminate patent information. The potential economic […]

 
12.7.2011
The road to patent law harmonisation

On 5 and 6 July, a group of European delegates (from Denmark, France, Germany, the UK and the EPO) gathered in Tegernsee (Germany) at the EPO’s invitation for an informal […]