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 Paralympic Sailing Regatta. The staff at The Hague joined me in congratulating Thierry on a further triumph, building on previous Paralympic successes in Athens and […]

Patents in crisis? Thoughts on the Apple-Samsung decision

Last Friday saw the outcome of the Apple v. Samsung lawsuit in the US. The decision of the San José court has attracted wide media interest, far beyond the confines of the IP world – partly, no doubt, because of the spectacular award of damages, amounting to USD 1bn. Some commentators have seen this case […]

Paying tribute to outstanding inventors

The seventh European Inventor Award ceremony was held last week in Copenhagen, in close partnership with the EU Presidency and the European Commission. At these occasions, it is always a real pleasure for me to meet and talk to the inventors. The ceremony is a rare opportunity to hear first-hand about the experience of hatching […]