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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 […]

 
29.8.2012
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 […]

 
20.6.2012
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 […]

 
03.11.2011
Patents and biotechnology – latest developments

In no other area are patentability issues so controversial as in biotechnology. That might appear surprising; after all, the R&D work done in this field can pave the way for […]

 
13.10.2011
Commissioner Barnier in Munich

Last week, I was delighted to welcome to the EPO an EU delegation led by Michel Barnier, the EU Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, and including two Members of […]

 
19.4.2011
Quality is the issue

The European Commission recently published the results of its “Patqual” survey, which asked European users for their views on the quality of the patent system in Europe. Obviously, it will […]

 
13.4.2011
EPO a global player

This week, I had the opportunity to present the EPO’s 2010 statistics to the European and international press. Analysing the figures, two key messages emerge. Firstly, with incoming filings 11 […]