International co-operation

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 […]

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 […]