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16.4.2012
Brazil and Europe intensify co operation on patents

Within the group of BRICS countries, Brazil offers both a dynamic economy and attractive new market opportunities. Positive developments are also apparent in intellectual property, where national patent filings have […]

 
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 […]

 
23.12.2011
2011 – a good year for the EPO

As the year draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to review our main achievements. The EPO did well in 2011, despite Europe’s economic difficulties. We […]

 
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 […]

 
20.9.2011
Our users on board

Last week, in Munich and Berlin, I had the opportunity to meet three major different user associations: the executive committee of FICPI (the international federation of IP attorneys), the GRUR […]

 
17.5.2011
Honouring creative and inventive minds

This week, in Budapest, our sixth successive annual European Inventor Award will be presented in recognition of 15 outstanding inventions nominated in five categories (“Industry”, “SMEs”, “Research”, “Non-European countries” and […]

 
22.3.2011
Lessons from Japan

For the last few days, all our thoughts have been with the Japanese people afflicted by a series of dreadful catastrophes. As the crisis has unfolded, I have been deeply […]

 
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New EPO website for our users

The public launch of a new homepage is always an exciting event. I┬ámay have experienced it once or twice before in my career (three years ago at the French IP […]