A successful start for PCT Direct

At the EPO, we are committed to the ongoing improvement of our services. Together with increasing efficiency and production, we are continuously looking for new ways in which to save applicants both time and money in the patent granting process. Last year, in November 2014, the EPO launched an optional procedure that would significantly shorten […]

EPO initiatives to improve the PCT

As many of you are aware, the involvement of the EPO in the Patent Cooperation Treaty (the PCT) has always been a matter of first priority for us. Most of our filings are coming via this international plate-form counting 148 Member States and, as one of PCT authorities (ISA), the EPO produced last year almost […]

PCT Authorities committed to enhancing quality

Last week, the EPO had the pleasure of hosting the 20th session of the PCT Meeting of International Authorities (MIA) in Munich. 2013 is a significant year, with the 35th anniversary of the first ever PCT filing and the 40th anniversary of the signing, in 1973, of the European Patent Convention. There have always been […]

Listening to our users

In recent weeks, I have had the opportunity to meet two important delegations of users, one from Japan – with JETRO acting as a co-organiser – and the other from the American Bar Association. US and Japanese users account for a large proportion of filings at the EPO (44% of the total in 2011), so […]