• Solidarity with the UK

    23 May 2017 The Management and staff of the European Patent Office are deeply shocked by the terrible news of the attack that took place after a pop concert in Manchester yesterday. We express our deepest solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom and our heartfelt sympathy goes to... Continue reading

     
  • EPO and Eurasian Patent Office agree to launch Patent Prosecution Highway

    27 April 2017 The EPO and the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO) have agreed to launch a joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme to enable work-sharing and accelerated treatment of patent applications at both offices. The agreement was signed today in Munich by EPO President Benoît Battistelli and EAPO President... Continue reading

     
  • Solidarity with Sweden

    10 April 2017 The management and staff of the EPO are deeply shocked and saddened by the horrific attack which took place in Stockholm on Friday 7 April. On behalf of all those at the EPO, I express our solidarity with the people of Sweden and our heartfelt condolences to... Continue reading

     
  • The EPO offers grants for academic research

    10 April 2017 Today marks the launch of the new EPO Academic Research Programme offering financial support for academic research on patent-related matters. The programme will award grants of up to EUR 100 000 to winning proposals. This initiative will complement the EPO’s long-standing commitment to support research on patent... Continue reading

     
  • Solidarity with the United Kingdom

    23 March 2017 The management and staff of the EPO are deeply shocked and saddened by the horrendous incident that occurred in London on 22 March. I express our heartfelt condolences to the victims of this terrible attack. Our thoughts are with their relatives, families and friends in these difficult... Continue reading

     
  • First Boards of Appeal President takes up his post

    1 March 2017 Carl Josefsson has commenced his role as the new President of the EPO Boards of Appeal (BoA). The new position of BoA President has been introduced as one of the main pillars of a package of measures aimed at increasing the efficiency of the Boards’ and enhancing... Continue reading

     
  • Closure of the automated mail-box at the Munich headquarters

    New security measures at EPO buildings 14 February 2017 The security of staff, visitors and business is of paramount importance to the EPO. The Office has therefore commissioned external security audits to identify any measures that are needed to respond effectively to the current security situation in Europe. As a... Continue reading

     
  • EPO launches Patent Prosecution Highway pilot with Russian patent office

    8 February 2017 The EPO and Russia’s Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) have launched their joint Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot programme to enable work-sharing and accelerated treatment of patent applications in both regions. This follows the signing of an agreement by EPO President Benoît Battistelli and Rospatent Director... Continue reading

     
  • Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO rules on partial priorities

    3 February 2017 In its order for decision G1/15, related to the question of partial priorities and so-called toxic divisionals, the Enlarged Board of the EPO held that a generic claim encompassing alternative subject matter may not be refused partial priority, provided the alternative subject matter has been directly, at... Continue reading

     
  • Statement by the European Patent Office on the ruling by the Supreme Court of the Netherlands

    20 January 2017 The Supreme Court of the Netherlands has today issued a ruling in a legal case related to a dispute generated by one trade union present at the EPO, SUEPO, against the Office. We welcome this decision by which the Court considers the Dutch courts as not competent to... Continue reading