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Ensuring Transparency

Today we have taken a significant step in improving our Office’s transparency with the publishing of our Service Regulations. These are the rules that govern the conditions of employment for […]

Patent activities 2014 in a continuous positive trend

Last week in Brussels I presented the EPO’s annual results for 2014 at a well-attended conference with many journalists. For the fifth year in a row our growth continued for […]

EPO Quality Dashboard 2014 – an excellent year

Last year was a milestone for the EPO’s Quality Management System (QMS). It was the culmination of several years of work in a variety of areas – implementing and refining […]

New peak of patent filings at the EPO in 2014

This week we published our preliminary filing figures for 2014. Although the precise numbers are still being worked on, indications are that we saw over 270 00 filings last year, […]

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 […]

ISO certification for the EPO’s patent granting process

This week, on behalf of the EPO, I was very pleased to receive the ISO 9001 certificate for our entire patent granting process covering: search and examination; opposition; limitation and […]

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 […]

2013 at the EPO: sustaining growth and progress

The EPO filing figures for 2013 were published last week. Although they remain preliminary – largely because of the 2013 PCT applications which have yet to reach us -, the […]

Boosting inter-activity with the users

Since my arrival at the EPO in 2010, I have put strong emphasis on making the Office more user-friendly. This is happening in several ways: for example, in providing new […]

US feedback on recent developments in the European patent system

Last week, in the margins of the IP5 meeting, I had the opportunity to meet a number of senior IP executives from companies based in California. I always welcome this […]