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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 […]

 
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 […]

 
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 […]

 
10.5.2011
Patents and standards can work together

At first sight, patents and standards may seem contradictory. Certainly, when defining a standard to be used by all the players in a particular market, it is indeed vital to […]

 
03.5.2011
Another step towards an enhanced European IP environment

Yesterday, I had the pleasure to be in Alicante to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on co-operation with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM). Some may question […]

 
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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 […]