International co-operation

Argentina, CPC and the prospect of reinforced cooperation

Last week I was in Argentina to visit the National Institute of Intellectual Property (Instituto Nacional de la Propiedad Intelectual- INPI) and to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will see Argentina start to use the Cooperative Patent Classification system (CPC) as from 2019. I’m also pleased to report that discussions in Argentina have raised […]

A new comprehensive strategic partnership for EPO and SIPO

For the last 32 years, the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO) has been one of the EPO’s major international cooperation partners. Now, over three decades on from the first Memorandum of Understanding between our Offices, the ink has just dried on a new comprehensive strategic partnership agreement. This latest […]

The importance of international cooperation for users

In this posting I want to report to you on the main outcomes of our delegation to the WIPO Assemblies last week in Geneva and what they mean for the EPO’s users. These annual sessions have of course become one of the most significant events in the IP calendar and are attended by delegates from […]

A renewed vision for the IP5

Last week the five largest IP offices in the world met in Malta for the annual meeting of the IP5. 2017 is a special year in the history of the forum, as it marks ten years of constructive cooperation between our patent offices since the founding of the IP5 in 2007. In hindsight, the decision to […]

Supporting the PATLIB network

This week I was pleased to speak at our annual PATLIB conference, where participants from Europe’s PATLIB centres gathered in their role as providers of patent information. With nearly two hundred professionals present from across the EPO member states, the event has established itself as a focal point in the PATLIB agenda since the first […]

Trilateral yields harmonisation progress

Last week I was in Seville for the meeting of the Trilateral Heads of Office and Trilateral and Industry meeting, which the EPO had the pleasure of hosting. Over the course of two days, the Offices made clear advances through the input of industry in talks with the Heads of the EPO, USPTO and JPO. […]

4th Indo-European Conference on Patents and ICT

Last week the European Patent Office hosted the fourth Indo-European Conference on Patents and ICT at its headquarters in Munich. It is an event which has been held on an alternating basis in India and in Europe since 2013, in conjunction with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) of the Government of India. […]

The importance of patents to the European economy

Today the EPO and EUIPO published their latest study on the value of Intellectual Property Intensive (IPR) industries. It is the second such joint report carried out that assesses the value of industries that intensively use patents, copyright and trademarks, among others. The results show that once again, IPR intensive industries are playing a defining role […]

The EPO at the WIPO General Assemblies

Earlier this week, I reflected on our recent meeting with SIPO and how close cooperation with other patent offices can yield initiatives and projects that deliver tangible results for our users. For the last few days, myself and a delegation from the EPO have been at the WIPO General Assemblies in Geneva where we set […]

The Importance of EPO-SIPO Cooperation

Every year, the EPO holds meetings with user associations from around the world and last week, we were looking west towards our transatlantic partners. As I mentioned in my last blog on that subject (see below post), engaging in this dialogue helps us to gather vital feedback from users and to better understand their needs. In […]