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EPO’s new vice-presidents take up their posts

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 00:00
They were elected by the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation in October 2018 for a five-year term.
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First European patent application published 40 years ago

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 00:00
Filed by the European Atomic Energy Community, the application related to a "thermal heat pump". The corresponding European patent, EP 000 000 1, was granted on 7 January 1981.
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Josef Kratochvíl elected Chairman of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 00:00
The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation today elected Josef Kratochvíl (CZ) as its Chairman. Mr Kratochvíl succeeds Christoph Ernst (DE) who, in October, was appointed Vice-President for Directorate General Legal and International Affairs of the European Patent Office.
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EPO’s art collection honoured with award

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 00:00
The EPO has been honoured with the Corporate Art Award at an event held on 28 November in the European Parliament in Brussels in the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
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EPO holds first major conference on blockchain

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 00:00
The EPO has held its first major conference on patenting blockchain. Attended by over 300 participants, the one-day event in The Hague yesterday explored the implications of blockchain for patent applicants and other stakeholders as the technology is applied to an ever-increasing variety of technical fields.
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EPO congratulates Polish patent office on its 100th anniversary

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 00:00
A delegation from the European Patent Office led by EPO President António Campinos participated to the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland organised in Warsaw this week.
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Send us your feedback: online consultation on increased flexibility in the timing of the examination process

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 00:00
The EPO has launched an online user consultation on the need for more flexibility in the timing of the examination process by giving applicants the possibility of postponing the examination of European patent applications.
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Committed to providing quality patent information: EPO Patent Information Conference 2018

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 00:00
More than 400 patent professionals from 40 countries gathered at the EPO's 28th annual Patent Information Conference on Monday in Brussels to discuss the latest tools and trends in searching and using information found in patents.
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Sharp rise in patent applications for self-driving vehicles in Europe, new study finds

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 00:00
A study published today reveals that innovation in self-driving vehicles (SDV) is accelerating fast and finds that patent protection strategies in the area of self-driving vehicle technology more closely resemble those in the information and communication (ICT) sector than those in the traditional automotive industry.
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Supporting innovation in the plant sector: EPO and Community Plant Variety Office extend bilateral co-operation

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 00:00
The EPO and the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) today took a further step forward in their support for innovation in the plant sector by renewing their cooperation agreement for a further three years.
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Espacenet: 20 years of free access to patent information in Europe

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 00:00
At its launch, Espacenet immediately provided free access to 30 million patent documents from around the world, and has grown steadily to include more than 100 million documents from over 100 countries - making it one of the single largest sources of technical information available today.
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US Bar-EPO Liaison Council meeting 2018

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 00:00
The 34th annual meeting of the US Bar-EPO Liaison Council took place at the EPO's Munich headquarters on Friday, 12 October 2018.
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Nellie Simon appointed EPO Vice-President for Corporate Services

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 00:00
The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation has appointed Nellie Simon Vice-President of the European Patent Office's Directorate-General Corporate Services.
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Christoph Ernst to be next EPO Vice-President for Legal and International Affairs

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 00:00
The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, in a meeting chaired by the Council's Deputy Chairman, Josef Kratochvíl, has appointed Christoph Ernst Vice-President of the European Patent Office's (EPO) Directorate-General Legal and International Affairs.
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Stephen Rowan appointed EPO Vice-President for Patent Granting Process

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 00:00
The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, the Organisation's legislative body, has appointed Stephen Rowan Vice-President of the European Patent Office Directorate-General Patent Granting Process.
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EPO fosters international co-operation during WIPO Assemblies

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 00:00
A high-level EPO delegation led by President António Campinos attended the WIPO Assemblies in Geneva last week to meet with counterparts from national patent offices from around the world to help shape the EPO's international agenda for 2019.
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EPO and Chinese IP office sign bilateral co-operation plan

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 00:00
The EPO and the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA, formerly SIPO) have agreed on a co-operation programme for next year as part of their long-term strategic partnership on strengthening the patent system.
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Co-operation with Spain on patents

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 00:00
During his first official visit to Spain last week, EPO President António Campinos met with Ministers to discuss how to further strengthen the patent system and support innovation and economic growth.
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The EPO further reduces its environmental impact

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 00:00
The EPO has published its 2017 Environmental Report, which presents environmental data and reports on progress the Office achieved in its environmental performance across all EPO locations in Berlin, Munich, The Hague and Vienna.
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Referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal: Appeal deemed not to be filed or inadmissible in case of delayed fee payment?

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 00:00
In accordance with Article 112(1)(b) EPC the President of the European Patent Office has referred a point of law concerning the interpretation of Article 108 EPC to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (case G 1/18).
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