Quality

Reinforcing Gains in Quality


In every annual survey published by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine since 2010, the EPO has ranked first among the world’s IP5 offices for the quality of both its patents and services. I am delighted to report that this year’s survey, announced recently, has reconfirmed our position as a global leader in quality and marks […]

2015: A year of substantial progress


For the sixth year in a row, we have witnessed a growth in the demand for the EPO’s services in terms of both filings (around +1%) and applications for patents (+5%). These figures for 2015 are preliminary and we look forward to  publishing more detailed figures at the beginning of March. Against this backdrop of […]

Advances in Quality


At the EPO, we take great pride in administering high quality patents through the provision of equally high quality services. In short, quality is an essential pillar on which the EPO has built its reputation and for which we are renowned. For many years we have been guided by a roadmap and robust policy in […]

EPO found to issue highest quality patents and offer best service


This week, I am proud to reflect upon hugely positive findings from a recent survey carried out by a leading trade publication. The latest benchmarking survey published by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine has found that the EPO is the leading IP office in the world for both quality of patents issued and the level […]

2014, another successful year for the EPO


As the year draws to a close, it is time to look back on the achievements of the last twelve months. First, 2014 can be regarded as a very successful year for the EPO, as in many areas we reached our best ever performances. In terms of filings, we expect a 3% – 3.5% increase […]

An extended mandate – confirming the way forward


When I started my term as EPO President on 1 July 2010, I found a situation of stark contrasts. The Office had evolved successfully over the previous decades as a recognised technical institution, yet in some strategic areas it was facing a crisis of maturity. While some IT tools and services, such as EPOQUE and […]

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 thickets. The valuable reports on these sensitive issues are accompanied by recommendations for improving the patent system. The ESAB is an independent body, and its […]