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Beta website: Business comes first

The new EPO website puts the needs of professional users in focus. Take a look at our beta version for a sneak preview of the new structure and design.

EPO and Albania continue cooperation on IP development

EPO President Benoît Battistelli met with Prime Minister Sali Berisha and with Nasip Naço, Minister of Economy, Trade and Energy, to discuss how to further develop Albania's system for the protection of intellectual property.

USPTO and EPO agree on principles of Cooperative Patent Classification System

The CPC will be based on the International Patent Classification (IPC) system, which is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

International Year of Chemistry begins

The EPO joined the celebrations marking the official launch of the IYC 2011 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris last week. Chemistry inventions account for around a third of all patent applications filed with the Office.

EPO classification work leads to new international standard

The system introduced and used by the EPO to tag patent applications in the field of nanotechnology has now been accepted internationally under the International Patent Classification (IPC) system.

10% up – patent applications at the EPO on the rise again

The EPO received 232 000 European patent filings in 2010 and granted 58 100 patents

Taking EPO-ASEAN relations to a strategic level

The 6th ASEAN-EPO Heads of Intellectual Property Offices Conference takes place in Hanoi this week.

New vice-presidents start work

Guillaume Minnoye and Raimund Lutz today take up office as new vice-presidents at the European Patent Office (EPO).

Euro-Moroccan partnership to benefit the patent system

Morocco's Minister for Industry, Commerce and New Technologies, Ahmed Reda Chami, and EPO President Benoît Battistelli have signed an agreement on the validation of European patents in Morocco.

Hungary to join the London Agreement

On 1 January 2011 the London Agreement will enter into force for the Republic of Hungary as 16th EPC contracting state.

No European patents for essentially biological breeding processes

Decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal in the "Broccoli/Tomato"-case

Celebrating 25 years of co-operation

Heads of European Patent Office (EPO) and Chinese Patent Office (SIPO) commit to strengthened co-operation at 4th EPO SIPO Conference

Cancun discusses technology transfer

The EPO hosted a panel discussion on "Patents, technological knowledge and access to climate change mitigation technologies" at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Mexico this week.

EPO and Google collaborate on machine translation

The Office signed a memorandum of understanding on the translation of patents with Google in Paris today.

"Inventors' Oscar" for European Patent Academy

The Academy has won the Diesel Medal 2010 in the "Best innovation promotion" category for its wide range of theoretical and practical training in patenting issues.

EPO receives EMAS certification

Nine buildings in Munich, The Hague, Berlin and Vienna have been certified under the EU's Eco-Management and Audit Scheme.

Benoît Battistelli addresses UCL

President to deliver key speech at University College London Institute for Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL) event tonight.

New Vice-Presidents appointed

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation has appointed Belgian Willy Minnoye and German Raimund Lutz as Vice-Presidents of the European Patent Office.

USPTO and EPO work toward joint classification system

The USPTO and EPO have agreed to jointly develop a patent classification system on the basis of the European Classification system, ECLA.

"Machine translation adds value to patent information"

EPO President Benoît Battistelli addresses the Patent Information Conference in Lausanne.