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Italy on course for unitary patent and Unified Patent Court

A few days ago I was in Rome to meet with Simona Vicari, Italy’s Under Secretary of State to the Ministry of Economic Development. I was there to discuss the […]

Unitary patent – An attractive option for the renewal fees

Since March 2013, the Select Committee of EPO Administrative Council, composed of 25 EU Member States, has been tasked to adopt the necessary measures for the implementation of the Unitary […]

Italy considers joining the unitary patent

Soon after the Court of Justice of the European Union dismissed  legal challenges against two regulations forming part of the unitary patent package on 5 May, I welcomed the decisions […]

Renewed impetus for UPP following ECJ decisions

Last week, the Court of Justice of the European Union dismissed legal challenges against the Unitary Patent Package. The two Regulations creating the new Unitary Patent and laying down its […]

IP celebrations in Prague

After the summer break, I am particularly glad to start with a blog reporting on the celebrations for the 95th anniversary of Czech Industrial Property Office which took place last […]

An extended mandate – confirming the way forward

When I started my term as EPO President on 1 July 2010, I found a situation of stark contrasts. The Office had evolved successfully over the previous decades as a […]

First UPC element already in place in Budapest

Last week in Budapest, I had the pleasure of taking part in the opening of the newly established Training Centre for judges of the Unified Patent Court. This is the […]

Unified Patent Court (UPC) ratification moving forward

In recent weeks, the ratification of the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court has received a fresh impetus, with the completion by Malta (on 21 January) and France (on 13 […]

Progress in 2013 on the unitary patent package

Less than a year after the entry into force of the EU Regulations on unitary patent protection and the signing of the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPC), it […]

Helping to shape the future litigation system

On 25 and 26 October the European Patent Academy‘s European Judges Forum was held at Venice International University on the island of San Servolo. This forum, launched in 2005 and […]