European Patent Office

European Patent Office

European Patent Office - With nearly 7, 000 staff, the European Patent Office (EPO)is one of the largest public service institutions in Europe. Headquartered in Munich with offices in Berlin, Brussels, The Hague and Vienna, the EPO was founded with the aim of strengthening co-operation on patents in Europe. Through the EPO's centralised patent granting procedure, inventors are able to obtain high-quality patent protection in up to 44 countries, covering a market of around 700 million people. The EPO is also the world's leading authority in patent information and patent searching.


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Europe sees sharp rise in patent applications for self-driving vehicles

From 2011 to 2017, patent applications at the EPO for automated driving increased by 330%, compared to 16% across all technologies in the same period, according to the study, titled "Patents …
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US No. 1 in Patent Filings at the European Patent Office

Patent filings at the European Patent Office (EPO) hit a new record in 2013, with applications coming from the US growing by 2.8% (2012: +5.1%). Last year US companies deposited 64 967, or 24.5%, …

Europe Achieves Historic Agreement on Unitary Patent

The European patent with unitary effect (unitary patent) in the 25 participating states is based on two regulations, one creating the instrument, and one on the applicable language …

European Inventor Award Presented to Outstanding Inventors from Germany, France, Denmark and Australia

The European Patent Office (EPO) today honoured outstanding inventors for their contribution to social, economic and technological progress with the presentation of the European Inventor Award (EIA) …

Focus on User Needs is IP5 Heads’ Main Priority

With a view to the future, the Heads of Office had an initial exchange of views on the "Cloud Patent Examination Solution (CPES)" and "Global Dossier" concept, …

Two US Inventors Nominated for European Inventor Award

Two American scientists have been nominated for the European Inventor Award (EIA), which is presented annually by the European Patent Office (EPO) to outstanding inventors for their …

EPO and WIPO Sign Agreement to Enhance Co-operation

Munich/Geneva, 3 May 2012 — With the aim of further developing the international patent system to better support innovation in economies around the globe, the European Patent Office (EPO) …