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07.4.2014
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 […]

 
27.11.2013
Concrete benefits from IP5 cooperation

The EPO has long seen the need to respond to the globalisation of the patent process, reflected in the ever-increasing proportion of patents filed in multiple offices and in the […]

 
22.10.2013
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 […]

 
30.9.2013
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 […]

 
20.9.2013
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 […]

 
12.9.2013
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 […]

 
02.9.2013
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 […]

 
10.7.2013
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 […]

 
10.5.2013
Europe Day to celebrate a strong and successful European patent system

This week, to mark Europe Day on 9 May, I was very pleased to welcome to Munich Mr Rapkay from the European Parliament, who played an instrumental role in the unitary […]

 
25.9.2012
Strength in adversity: an EPO examiner shows the way

Last week the EPO held a reception in honour of Thierry Schmitter, a disabled examiner in our branch at The Hague, who won a bronze medal in the London 2012 […]