European Inventor Award finalists 2015

European Inventor Award finalists 2015

The EPO announced the 15 finalists for the European Inventor Award 2015. With this prestigious annual award, the EPO honours scientists and engineers in five categories whose inventions have been patented by the EPO and have contributed to technological progress, social development and economic growth. The 10th edition of the award will be held in […]

Orphan Works Database - Meeting with the Competent National Authorities

Orphan Works Database – Meeting with the Competent National Authorities

On 14 April OHIM is holding a first meeting with the competent national authorities designated for the Orphan Works Database and for the Orphan Works Directive. A competent national authority is an organisation designated in each EU Member State and EEA country which is responsible for forwarding information about orphan works to the Orphan Works […]

Italy implements eLearning for SMEs, UK implements USS

Italy implements eLearning for SMEs, UK implements USS

The Italian National Office has implemented the eLearning for SMEs tool developed by the Cooperation Fund administered by the Office for harmonization in the internal market. This implementation marks the final implementation of the tool in all 21 EU national and regional intellectual property offices which expressed their intent to use it. Meanwhile, the UK Intellectual […]

UK IPO publishes IP guide for universities

UK IPO publishes IP guide for universities

The UK IPO has recently published an interactive intellectual property toolkit for universities. The guide helps university students and academics understand IP. It also helps universities and businesses to work together. IP is vital to economic growth. Students and their lecturers need to develop an understanding of IP and its relevance to them. This will […]

Validation agreement with Morocco enters into force

Validation agreement with Morocco enters into force

An agreement allowing European patent applications and patents to be validated with effect for Morocco entered  into force on 1 March.  This brings to 41 the number of countries for which patent protection can be obtained on the basis of a single European patent application. Morocco is the first country for which a validation agreement […]

East meets West 2015

East meets West 2015

Forum on Asian patent information 23 – 24 April 2015 “East meets West” is the EPO’s annual forum on Asian patent information. The forum serves as a regular platform for patent information users around the world to discuss their Asian patent information needs. During the two-day event, plenary sessions and smaller discussion rounds will treat […]

Search Matters 2015

Search Matters 2015

Event for patent search professionals 5-6 March 2015 Munich, Germany Search Matters is an annual event that not only showcases the EPO’s patent search strategies and techniques, but also offers an unrivalled look behind the scenes at the Office. According to participants – many of whom are repeat attendees – it is more a “must-have” […]

Seminar on WIPO Services and Initiatives

Seminar on WIPO Services and Initiatives

Brussels, February 23, 2015 The Federal Public Service Economy and the Directorate-General for Economic Regulation, represented by the Belgian Office for Intellectual Property (OPRI), in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) are jointly hosting a seminar on WIPO Services and Initiatives, which will take place […]

How Italy successfully improved its approach to intellectual property rights protection

How Italy successfully improved its approach to intellectual property rights protection

Despite current difficulties, Italy remains the 8th largest economy in the world with an economic value of 2.2 trillion USD (IMF, WEF). This global standing is based on the creative ability and production of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs account for 65% of GDP and 99.9% of all enterprises, of which 94.4% are micro organizations with an average number […]

Morocco recognises European patents as national patents

Morocco recognises European patents as national patents

The President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Benoît Battistelli, and the Moroccan Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and the Digital Economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy announced today that an agreement allowing European patents to be validated in Morocco will enter into force on 1 March 2015. “This is a historic step for the European patent […]

New peak of patent filings at the EPO in 2014

New peak of patent filings at the EPO in 2014

The EPO published yesterday its preliminary filing figures for 2014. The general increase should reach approximately +3%, well above 270 000 filings. It follows the trend observed the last four years with an annual increase between 2 and 4%. Of course, there are big differences when looking more closely at the geographical origin of those filings by regions. […]

OHIM's paper filing fee applies to online applications with additional lists of goods and services

OHIM’s paper filing fee applies to online applications with additional lists of goods and services

Adding a list of goods and services to your online application, whether as an attachment or by fax, means that our staff processes the application manually. As a result, the reduced online fee (900 EUR) cannot be applied and the paper filing fee is applied instead (1 050 EUR). Those users inserting additional lists of […]

Internships for patent professionals

Internships for patent professionals

Praktika Intern 2015 – working with examiners 16 June – 3 July 2015 European Patent Office, The Hague The Praktika Intern programme is designed for professional representatives working in private practice or industry with experience in drafting and prosecuting European patent applications. It is an international programme organised and co-ordinated by the European Patent Academy, […]

Vote on GMO opt-out for EU member states

Vote on GMO opt-out for EU member states

New legislation to allow EU member states to restrict or ban the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their own territory, even if this is allowed at EU level, will be put to a vote on Tuesday. The plans, informally agreed by Parliament and Council in December, were originally tabled in 2010 […]

Reorganisation of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market

Reorganisation of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market

From October last year, the Office has implemented a flatter management structure, to increase the agility of operational areas and speed up decision making. This change will benefit users by making the Office more reactive and quality-focused. It is designed to help OHIM meet the expectations of its users, and its commitment to them, with […]