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{ “id”:”15″, “title”:”Facts and figures 2009″, “keywords”:”staff, facts, figures, services, member states, organisational structure, statistics”, “categoryIds”:”|1|”, “updated”:”24.04.2013 14:39″, “description”:”

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{ “id”:”19″, “title”:”Financial statements 2016″, “keywords”:”finance, income, equity, cash, cash flows, audit, revenue”, “categoryIds”:”|1|”, “updated”:”07.09.2017 11:26″, “description”:”

The financial statements include the EPO’s income statements, balance sheet, statements of financial position, comprehensive income, changes in equity and cash flows and notes for the year.

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{ “id”:”28″, “title”:”Environmental report 2016″, “keywords”:”environment, energy, waste, water, emissions, environment, policy”, “categoryIds”:”|1|”, “updated”:”11.09.2017 14:27″, “description”:”

These independently verified statements report on the EPO’s performance under our environmental management scheme. They include reports on environmental policy and compliance with legal requirements, as well as information on energy, waste, water, paper consumption and emissions.

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{ “id”:”29″, “title”:”Our strategy”, “keywords”:”facts, figures, strategy, statistics, IT study, finance, projects, work processes, efficiency, quality”, “categoryIds”:”|1|”, “updated”:”14.08.2012 17:03″, “description”:”

This brochure outlines the EPO’s strategy in 2011 and its plans for the future. It includes facts and figures on the European patent procedure, patent information, EPO member states, EPO staff and the Office’s organisational structure.

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{ “id”:”30″, “title”:”Patents for software?”, “keywords”:”computer-implemented invention, cii, software, computer programs, programs, software patents”, “categoryIds”:”|2|”, “updated”:”07.11.2013 17:43″, “description”:”

What is the difference between a computer-implemented invention and computer software? Why are computer programs – or “software patents” – not patentable? Find out in this brochure, which explains the differences, looks at the legal framework of computer-implemented inventions and provides examples of patentable inventions involving software.

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{ “id”:”31″, “title”:”Nanotechnology and patents”, “keywords”:”nanotechnology, nanotech, nano, searching, classification, ecla, ipc, espacenet”, “categoryIds”:”|2|”, “updated”:”10.05.2013 16:10″, “description”:”

This brochure explains how to get started if you want to search for nanotechnology inventions in patent databases, and what to look out for if you are thinking about applying to the European Patent Office for a nanotechnology patent yourself.

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{ “id”:”33″, “title”:”Patents and clean energy”, “keywords”:”clean energy, climate change, green patents, development, technology transfer, environment, unep, ictsd”, “categoryIds”:”|2|”, “updated”:”17.07.2013 17:30″, “description”:”The role of patents in the development and transfer of clean energy technologies to address climate change has been hotly debated in the lead-up to the 15th UNFCCC Conference of Parties in Copenhagen (COP 15). Despite increased research and analysis in this field, there is still a lack of empirical data for informed and objective decision-making. To help bridge the gap between evidence and policy, UNEP, the EPO and ICTSD have conducted a joint study to develop a methodology providing a solid platform for analysing the role of patents in the development and transfer of clean energy technologies, with a view to feeding the findings into ongoing international talks.”, “pageaddons”:”

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{ “id”:”73″, “title”:”Patents and clean energy in Africa”, “keywords”:”clean energy, Africa, climate change, green patents, development, technology transfer, environment, unep”, “categoryIds”:”|2|”, “updated”:”30.07.2013 13:49″, “description”:”This report focuses on the patent landscape for clean energy technologies in Africa, as a specific geographical area which has vast untapped potential for use of clean energy resources, and one could greatly benefit from their use and technology transfer in this area.”, “pageaddons”:”

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{ “id”:”38″, “title”:”How to get a European patent – Guide for applicants”, “keywords”:”European patent, epc, application, guide, applicants, inventors, patent procedure, applying, filing, implementing regulations, rules relating to fees, fees”, “categoryIds”:”|4|”, “updated”:”29.05.2015 15:33″, “description”:”The “Guide for applicants” has been designed to provide inventors, companies and their representatives with an outline of the procedure involved in applying for a European patent, offering practical advice to smooth the way through the various stages.”, “pageaddons”:”

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{ “id”:”39″, “title”:”Euro-PCT Guide: PCT procedure at the EPO”, “keywords”:”European phase, euro-pct, pct, receiving Office, International Searching Authority (ISA), representation, international phase, part 2, part II, guide, application, applying, filing”, “categoryIds”:”|4|”, “updated”:”27.05.2016 16:35″, “description”:”

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{ “id”:”41″, “title”:”European Patent Convention, 15th edition”, “keywords”:”convention, implementing regulations, protocol, epc, Administrative Council, decisions, rules relating to fees, fees”, “categoryIds”:”|4|”, “updated”:”07.11.2013 17:41″, “description”:”To mark the 40th anniversary of the signing of the European patent system’s founding treaty, on 5 October 1973 in Munich, an updated jubilee 15th edition of the European Patent Convention (EPC) was published in October 2013. The EPC remains the foundation stone of European co-operation in the patent field.”, “pageaddons”:”

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{ “id”:”42″, “title”:”Ancillary Regulations to the EPC”, “keywords”:”decisions, notices, administrative council, ancillary”, “categoryIds”:”|4|”, “updated”:”02.08.2016 17:28″, “description”:”

Ancillary Regulations to the European Patent Convention is a special edition of the OJ EPO containing selected decisions of the President, EPO notices and Administrative Council decisions, along with other relevant texts. It is essential reading for anyone involved in the European patent grant procedure.

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{ “id”:”91″, “title”:”European Patent Convention, 14th edition”, “keywords”:”convention, implementing regulations, protocol, epc, Administrative Council, decisions, rules relating to fees, fees”, “categoryIds”:”|4|”, “updated”:”27.11.2013 16:01″, “description”:”The 14th edition (2010) contains the texts, as applicable from 13 December 2007, of the Convention on the Grant of European Patents, its Implementing Regulations, the Protocol on the interpretation of Article 69 EPC, the Protocol on Centralisation, the Protocol on Recognition, the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities, the Protocol on the Staff Complement and the Rules relating to Fees, together with an extract from the Revision Act of 29 November 2000 and the decision of the Administrative Council of 28 June 2001 on the transitional provisions under Article 7 of the Revision Act”, “pageaddons”:”

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{ “id”:”43″, “title”:”European Patent Convention, 13th edition”, “keywords”:”convention, implementing regulations, protocol, epc, Administrative Council, decisions, rules relating to fees, fees”, “categoryIds”:”|4|”, “updated”:”26.11.2012 13:44″, “description”:”

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{ “id”:”44″, “title”:”European Patent Convention 1973, 12th edition”, “keywords”:”convention, implementing regulations, protocol, epc, Administrative Council, decisions, rules relating to fees, fees”, “categoryIds”:”|4|”, “updated”:”26.11.2012 13:57″, “description”:”

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{ “id”:”85″, “title”:”Facts and figures 2012″, “keywords”:”staff, facts, figures, services, member states, organisational structure, statistics”, “categoryIds”:”|1|”, “updated”:”24.04.2013 14:31″, “description”:”

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{ “id”:”133″, “title”:”Quality Report 2016″, “keywords”:””, “categoryIds”:”|1|”, “updated”:”05.07.2017 11:28″, “description”:”

The very first of its kind, this annual quality report provides our users with a full set of quality indicators. It also sets out our commitment to quality and the results that are being achieved. The report underlines how the EPO is supporting innovation with high-quality patents that will ultimately drive economic growth, employment and prosperity.

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{ “id”:”89″, “title”:”Global patent index”, “keywords”:”Global patent index, GPI, searching, monitoring, patent data, bibliographic data, legal status, patent family, machine translation”, “categoryIds”:”|6|”, “updated”:”16.12.2015 18:32″, “description”:”An advanced tool for searching the EPO’s worldwide patent data”, “pageaddons”:”

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The revised and expanded seventh edition of “Case Law of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office” was published in September.

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A European success story for innovation

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This report is a follow-up from a conference on mutual awareness and collaboration in terms of IPR protection which was held in New Delhi in 2015. Other items in the conference programme included sharing best practices in improving IP administration and identifying the benefits of the “Make in India” initiative.

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Patent Information News is a quarterly publication that keeps users up to date with developments in the world of patent information. It covers legal status data, bibliographic data, raw data, tips on Espacenet and other services, and much more.

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Service Regulations for permanent employees of the European Patent Office and related rules

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{ “id”:”109″, “title”:”Research? Think patents”, “keywords”:”research, patent information, universities, IP culture”, “categoryIds”:”|6|”, “updated”:”08.10.2015 17:09″, “description”:”

This booklet looks at how IP culture is changing at universities and public research organisations. It shows trends in research patenting, gives advice on the disclosure of research and points researchers towards sources of detailed information.

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This report highlights trends in university/industry collaboration, as presented and discussed at a major conference in Munich in 2013. Topics include the scope for improved IP policies, techniques for gaining buy-in to IP within universities, and the changes faced by TTOs.

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This EPO-UNEP study focuses on Europe, linking patent trends with relevant economic data on investment, trade and technology transfer in CCMTs. The report provides a clear and comprehensive picture of Europe’s contribution to CCMT development and dissemination.

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{ “id”:”118″, “title”:”European Patent Convention, 16th edition”, “keywords”:”convention, implementing regulations, protocol, epc, Administrative Council, decisions, rules relating to fees, fees”, “categoryIds”:”|4|”, “updated”:”03.08.2016 13:34″, “description”:”

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This guide aims to provide companies, inventors and their representatives with an outline of the procedure involved in obtaining a Unitary Patent from the European Patent Office (EPO) once it has granted a European patent on the basis of the provisions laid down in the European Patent Convention (EPC).

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{ “id”:”121″, “title”:”Partners in patents for 30 years”, “keywords”:”EPO, SIPO, China, State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China, Chinese patents, European patents, IP5, International co-operation”, “categoryIds”:”|2|”, “updated”:”24.08.2016 11:09″, “description”:”

In 2015, the European Patent Office (EPO) and China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) celebrated the 30th anniversary of their bilateral co‑operation. To mark this occasion, a commemorative publication was issued with contributions from key players and witnesses of these 30 years of co-operation.

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{ “id”:”125″, “title”:”Development and deployment of climate change mitigation technologies: evidence to support policy making – Policy Brief”, “keywords”:””, “categoryIds”:”|2|”, “updated”:”03.07.2017 09:35″, “description”:”In co-operation with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the EPO has produced a policy brief to provide evidence on the latest trends in climate change mitigation technologies (CCMT) innovation and dissemination with a focus on renewable energy technologies, showing that patents support deployment.”, “pageaddons”:”

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Patent Information News is a quarterly publication that keeps users up to date with developments in the world of patent information. It covers legal status data, bibliographic data, raw data, tips on Espacenet and other services, and much more.

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{ “id”:”134″, “title”:”Euro-PCT Guide: PCT procedure at the EPO”, “keywords”:”European phase, euro-pct, pct, receiving Office, International Searching Authority (ISA), representation, international phase, part 2, part II, guide, application, applying, filing”, “categoryIds”:”|4|”, “updated”:”25.04.2017 10:11″, “description”:”

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2017 marks the 10th anniversary of co-operation of the five largest IP offices (IP5). On this occasion, the EPO, together with its partners from Japan, Korea, China and the US, has published a brochure to highlight major activities and results achieved such as the Global Dossier and the Patent Harmonization Expert Panel.

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This report is a follow-up to the Indo-European conference on “Industry 4.0 and its impact on the patent system” in Munich in December 2016. Topics covered are, among others, interoperability, predictable patent-granting processes, the impact of computer programs and standard-essential patents.

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{ “id”:”149″, “title”:”Environmental Statement 2009″, “keywords”:”environment, energy, waste, water, emissions, environment, policy”, “categoryIds”:”|1|”, “updated”:”11.09.2017 14:31″, “description”:”

These independently verified statements report on the EPO’s performance under our environmental management scheme. They include reports on environmental policy and compliance with legal requirements, as well as information on energy, waste, water, paper consumption and emissions.

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These independently verified statements report on the EPO’s performance under our environmental management scheme. They include reports on environmental policy and compliance with legal requirements, as well as information on energy, waste, water, paper consumption and emissions.

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{ “id”:”152″, “title”:”Environmental Statement 2012″, “keywords”:”environment, energy, waste, water, emissions, environment, policy”, “categoryIds”:”|1|”, “updated”:”11.09.2017 14:32″, “description”:”

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{ “id”:”154″, “title”:”Environmental Statement 2014″, “keywords”:”environment, energy, waste, water, emissions, environment, policy”, “categoryIds”:”|1|”, “updated”:”11.09.2017 14:33″, “description”:”

These independently verified statements report on the EPO’s performance under our environmental management scheme. They include reports on environmental policy and compliance with legal requirements, as well as information on energy, waste, water, paper consumption and emissions.

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{ “id”:”151″, “title”:”National law relating to the EPC (16th edition, 2013)”, “keywords”:”national law, member states, contracting states, national phase”, “categoryIds”:”|4|”, “updated”:”11.09.2017 16:42″, “description”:”

This publication is a concise and reliable guide to the most important provisions and requirements of the national law of the contracting states applicable to European patent applications and patents.

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{ “id”:”160″, “title”:”Guidelines for examination in the European Patent Office (2017)”, “keywords”:”applications, examination, guidelines, formalities”, “categoryIds”:”|4|”, “updated”:”31.10.2017 21:59″, “description”:”

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{ “id”:”163″, “title”:”Patents and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: the inventions behind digital transformation”, “keywords”:””, “categoryIds”:”|7|”, “updated”:”11.12.2017 09:15″, “description”:”

This study, which has been carried out by the EPO in co-operation with the Handelsblatt Research Institute, is intended to provide users of the European patent system and the broader public alike with information about a major technology trend that is being observed across a whole range of technical fields. Known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, this trend is primarily driven by the emergence of the Internet of Things. It also encompasses a number of other technologies, such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

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