Successful pilot of new web-based service for third-party observations

I have already talked about the IP5 partners’ decision, taken at the last Heads’ meeting in Corsica in June this year, to co-operate on setting up the so-called “Global Dossier”. Under its IT roadmap, adopted in June 2011, the EPO is already working to deliver specific and concrete steps to help realise this project. It […]

EPO and SIPO – moving ahead with electronic document exchange

As President of the EPO, I often take the opportunity of this blog to inform readers about developments in our relations with other patent offices worldwide and the signing of international co-operation agreements. I take particular care to ensure that those agreements deliver concrete outcomes on time. This makes it all the more gratifying that […]

Breakthrough for the unitary patent

Like many of you, I was especially pleased at the outcome of last week’s European Council regarding the proposed European patent court. Agreement was finally reached, at the highest level of European government, on the seat of the court’s Central Division, the issue which had been blocking the entire unitary patent package since the end […]

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 eager to see the project come to fruition as soon as possible, and our teams have worked very hard since then to achieve that. So […]

European Patent Academy – developing a patent culture in Europe

Last week, I had the pleasure to attend the 12th meeting of the EPO Academy’s Supervisory Board, made up of representatives of the EPO member states, partners such as the EU Commission and the WIPO and (soon) OHIM academies, and patent professionals from the European Patent Institute (epi) and BusinessEurope. This institution is particularly dear […]

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 whether such an agreement between the EPO and OHIM is really needed; they may feel that the principles and procedures governing patents are too different […]

EPO a global player

This week, I had the opportunity to present the EPO’s 2010 statistics to the European and international press. Analysing the figures, two key messages emerge. Firstly, with incoming filings 11 % up on 2009, we have recovered well from last year’s downturn and even exceeded the previous peak (in 2008). For patents at least, the […]