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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 […]

 
12.1.2012
2012 – towards a stronger Europe

First of all, let me wish you all a Happy New Year! This is traditionally the time to review the achievements of the old year, and to look ahead – […]

 
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 […]

 
25.11.2011
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 […]

 
18.11.2011
Peter Messerli – 15 years serving the European patent system

Last Tuesday, the EPO held a ceremony to bid farewell to Peter Messerli, its vice-president in charge of the boards of appeal (“VP3″), who is retiring at the end of […]

 
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 […]

 
21.7.2011
Patents as intangible assets

The core tasks of the EPO – like any other patent office – are to examine the legal validity of patent applications and to disseminate patent information. The potential economic […]

 
05.7.2011
A year on

I took up my duties as President of the EPO on 1 July 2010 and the time seems to have flown since then. Not surprisingly, I suppose: it was quite […]

 
15.6.2011
Staff survey 2011

I have always regarded the EPO as a European success story. Starting with just 7 member states, the Organisation now has 38, with a total of 600 million inhabitants. The […]

 
01.6.2011
A comprehensive IP strategy for Europe

On Monday 30 May 2011, the European Competitiveness Council discussed the Unitary Patent Protection project and the outcome represents one more positive step with the final adoption of the two […]