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European Inventor Award 2015

Yesterday we were delighted to hold the 2015 European Inventor Award ceremony at the Palais Brongniart in Paris to honour some of Europe’s – and the world’s – most dedicated […]

The spirit of Artur Fischer

I first met Artur Fischer during the European Inventor Award ceremony in Berlin in June 2014 when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award. I was most impressed by this extraordinary character […]

PATLIB 2014 – a successful networking event

The PATLIB conference, a yearly event organised since 1990, took place in Istanbul last week. This year’s conference was dedicated to networking, enabling PATLIB representatives to share experiences and best […]

Patents and standards: a challenging task for patent offices

On 25 March 2014, a comprehensive study titled “Patents and Standards: A modern framework for IPR-based standardization” was published by a policy consortium known as ECSIP, working for the EU […]

The EPO at 40 – a European and technical success

Last week, on 17 October, the EPO marked the 40th anniversary of the signing of the European Patent Convention, which took place in Munich on 5 October 1973. I had […]

Dynamic trends in the global patent system

At this year’s WIPO Assemblies, which began last week in Geneva, I had the opportunity to meet many heads of IP offices. My immediate impression was of a widespread determination […]

Moving patent information up the agenda

This week in Munich I met the Board of the Patent Documentation Group, a long-established association of companies seeking to promote the effective use of patent information. We talked in […]

Patentability: maintaining the balance

New IP challenges arise as new technologies emerge from R&D activities. This has been a pivotal issue for the patent system throughout its history, with the continual extension of its […]

First half of 2013 – a preliminary assessment

The end of the summer break is usually a good time to review the first half of the year and see if any trends are already apparent from the facts […]

A new building in The Hague

As an organisation requiring top performance from its staff, the EPO is committed to provide a working environment that meets the highest international standards. A central aspect of this concerns […]