Archive for March 2018

March: a month of international cooperation


March has been a highly significant month for international cooperation at the EPO. Once again we’ve seen a new validation agreement enter into force, bringing the number of states in which a European patent can be validated to 44 and covering a market of some 700 million inhabitants. Meanwhile, three of the world’s largest patent […]

A responsive EPO


Earlier today at the Bibliothèque Solvay in Brussels – aptly named after a Belgian inventor – I had the honour of presenting the EPO’s results at our annual press conference.  The full report reveals that 2017 was a positive year for innovation and the EPO itself, and I want to draw out some elements here […]