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12.11.2012
Patent information, a top priority for the EPO

With 450 participants from 42 countries, the 2012 EPO Patent Information Conference in Hamburg was a record-breaking success. The conference, held in Hamburg from 6 to 8 November, was the […]

 
15.10.2012
The Nobel Peace Prize for the EU

The decision to bestow the Nobel Prize on the EU was certainly unexpected. But the honour is fully deserved. The award powerfully underlines the essential message of European unity, aside […]

 
09.10.2012
The EPO on the global stage

The WIPO General Assembly provides a unique opportunity to meet colleagues from IP offices across the globe. Each day is like a world tour, as more and more countries, large […]

 
18.9.2012
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”. […]

 
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 […]

 
25.4.2012
Further improvements to the EPO’s IT services

Last week in London I met Andy Green, CEO of Logica, to launch a major strategic project – a significant modernisation of our patent-related processes that will set new service […]

 
02.4.2012
Towards a more diverse EPO

I have often expressed my firm belief that Europe’s diversity is an asset, not a handicap. It is true that our large family has such a wide variety of traditions, […]

 
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 […]

 
20.3.2012
Greening the EPO

A few days ago, I opened “Greening the EPO”, an event organised by EPO Facility Management staff and our Amicale, or social committee. I was delighted to do so, for […]

 
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 […]