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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]