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11.6.2012
IP5 Heads and users associations agreed on next targets

Following a tradition initiated by the USPTO when it organised the first yearly IP5 meeting in 2007 in Hawaii, I had the pleasure to welcome my colleagues last week on […]

 
15.5.2012
ESAB – its first two workshops focus on patent quality and fee policy

Last week, the EPO’s Economic and Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB), which was set up in January, held its two first workshops in Munich. They brought together some 40 participants from […]

 
08.5.2012
Bilateral EPO – WIPO agreement makes for more efficient and balanced global patent system

It was my great pleasure to welcome WIPO Director General Francis Gurry to Munich last Thursday for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between our two institutions. In […]

 
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 […]

 
27.3.2012
2011 filings in detail

Back in January, we published a general summary of our preliminary filing figures for 2011. We have now consolidated those figures, giving us a more detailed picture of last year’s […]

 
01.3.2012
Patent Translate service goes live!

Yesterday was D-day for the EPO’s latest patent information service – Patent Translate. When we signed our machine-translation (MT) partnership with Google less than a year ago, we were all […]

 
09.2.2012
Access to Asian prior art

Following on from the first agreement on our machine translation programme, reached in November 2011 with the Chinese Patent Office (SIPO), this week in Tokyo I was very pleased to […]

 
30.1.2012
ESAB – the EPO sets up a new economic and scientific tool

Last week, I had the pleasure of taking part in the first meeting of the EPO’s Economic and Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB). This new body is made up of eleven […]

 
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 […]