The EPO

A year on


I took up my duties as President of the EPO on 1 July 2010 and the time seems to have flown since then. Not surprisingly, I suppose: it was quite a busy twelve months. A lot of ground was prepared, major projects like the IT roadmap were launched, and important decisions were taken. One of […]

Staff survey 2011


I have always regarded the EPO as a European success story. Starting with just 7 member states, the Organisation now has 38, with a total of 600 million inhabitants. The Office is processing more than 230 000 patent applications a year (the original long-term estimate was 30 000), and the high quality of its work […]

A comprehensive IP strategy for Europe


On Monday 30 May 2011, the European Competitiveness Council discussed the Unitary Patent Protection project and the outcome represents one more positive step with the final adoption of the two regulations in sight. I am also very pleased that the European Commission has already launched a non-paper about a possible solution for the litigation system, […]

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 % up on 2009, we have recovered well from last year’s downturn and even exceeded the previous peak (in 2008). For patents at least, the […]

My 35th AC meeting


Last week, I attended my third Administrative Council meeting as EPO President. But it was also my 35th AC, including those I took part in first as head of the French delegation, then as deputy chairman and lastly as chairman. For me, these meetings are always big occasions, because they provide opportunities to meet and […]