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EPO and Chinese patent office strengthen their co-operation for the benefit of the users of the global patent system

Meeting in South-West China for their 5th Heads of Office Conference, the President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Benoît Battistelli, and the Commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO), Tian Lipu, engaged in in-depth discussions in how to enhance their co-operation, and signed a work programme.

Major breakthrough in enhancement of the global patent system: EPO and SIPO sign agreement on Chinese-English machine translation for patents

The European Patent Office and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China at their annual bilateral co-operation meeting held in Chongqing signed an agreement which will have a striking impact for the improvement of the global patent system and the dissemination of technological information in the world.

The Trilateral Patent Offices agree on milestones at their annual conference

Meeting for their Annual Trilateral Conference near Paris, France, the heads of the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) - collectively known as the Trilateral Offices - progressed in their efforts to further harmonise patent systems around the globe by agreeing on steps to enhance efficiency in patent-related procedures between the three regions.

Wim Van der Eijk appointed Vice-President of the European Patent Office

The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation has appointed Wim Van der Eijk to the position of Vice-President of the European Patent Office (EPO). The 54-year-old Dutchman will be in charge of the EPO's Directorate-General Appeals. He succeeds Peter Messerli of Switzerland, who retires at the end of November. The appointment is for five years from 1 December 2011.

Oral proceedings on the "tomato" patent

On 8 November, a technical board of appeal is holding public oral proceedings on the "tomato" patent (EP 1211926). They are part of an appeal case which will result in a decision to maintain the patent, possibly in amended form, or to revoke it altogether.

"Broccoli" patent hearing cancelled

The EPO technical board of appeal dealing with the appeal against the "broccoli" patent has cancelled the oral hearing scheduled for 26 October in response to the changed circumstances resulting from the parties' filing of amended requests.


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