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The EPO and India enhance co-operation on patents

Munich, 7 November 2014 - the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Intellectual Property Office of India (IPO India) have decided to renew their co-operation on patents in order to develop innovation in both regions.

Main aims of the co-operation involve development on patent system are service delivery and efficiency, especially technical co-operation and exchange of best practices in areas such as patent examination, administration and information.

The EPO and the Indian IPO also signed the first biennial work plan under the MoU.

EPO President Benoît Battistelli emphasized that reinforcement of Europe and India to create new opportunities for innovating businesses could help to benefit from improved conditions for the protection of intellectual property in India. He also highlighted the advantages that European businesses will be encouraged to take their inventions to the Indian market, while Indian inventors can profit as well by higher quality patents making access easier to the European market.

Other substantial facts are stimulation of promotion of the existing economic development and the transfer of technology between both regions.

To promote the European patent system in India and to support technology transfer between Europe and India, the EPO has also concluded a co-operation agreement with the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry (EUROCHAMBRES).

The co-operation programme regards also the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) - it provides a platform for Indo-European co-operation on clean energy technologies and advises European enterprises on IPR issues in India through its IPR Help Desk.

The EPO signed a work plan also with the Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DEITY) of the Government of India, thereby establishing a platform for co-operation added to ICT related patent matters between Europe and India.

The mentioned agreements were announced on the eve of the Indo-European Conference on ICT-related Patents, which took place in Munich. The conference is being organised by the EPO and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) of the Indian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. 


Source: EPO

Posted on November 12, 2014 



European Inventor Award winners take Nobel Prize as well

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences assigned the Nobel Prize in Physics to Shuji Nakamura (US) while the the Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to Stefan Hell (Germany). Both winners are previous recipients and nominees of the European Inventor Award.

Shuji Nakamura is one of the people who we should thank the light emitting diodes, the so-called LEDs as we know them today. Did you know that previously there were only yellow and red LEDs? Pretty disturbing for your eye, huh?

Well, Shuji Nakamura is responsible for the creation of LEDs with blue lights, and since every color can be created from the mixture of yellow, red and blue, now there is no impossible in the field. This is how it became everyday routine to switch on the white LED lights in your home and to see the colorful ones at the airport, in the streets and everywhere else.

“The invention was achieved by creating a method of growing in vapour phase a semiconductor crystal film consisting of a nitrogen compound. Specifically, it's a method where a reaction gas is blown on the surface of a substrate.

This was achieved by using what Shuji Nakamura called the Two-Flow MOCVD reactor. Normally a MOCVD system would have a single gas flow, but Nakamura and his colleagues added another sub-flow with an inactive gas blowing perpendicular to the substrate. The result was the suppression of the large thermal convection that occurs when growing a crystal at 1,000 degrees.

Using this system, extremely high-quality gallium nitride crystals were produced.” – cites the European Patent Office.

Stefan Hell is one of the other laureates of the Nobel Prize, who made it possible to take a step further in clinical microbiology with his revolutionary Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) microscope. This instrument made it possible to look deep inside living cells, this way look for the root causes of diseases and study life at the molecular level.

„The Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) microscope is based on the principle of fluorescence, where molecules are targeted with light of a certain wavelength that the molecule then radiates back in a different colour. Fluorescent molecules can be used to mark biological material such as proteins, DNA and other cellular components, allowing for very detailed and precise imaging. The STED microscope then uses two synchronised lasers to achieve fluorescence in the marked focus spot.” – reports the EPO.

His fascinating video can be seen here.

Source: EPO

Posted on October 28, 2014 



EPO staff goes on strike again

European Patent Office (EPO) staff members intend to strike the third time this year as tensions between management and workers continue to be. The strike will be held on October 14, exactly before the next meeting of the EPO’s Administrative Body. The walkout is expected to expand also to the EPO offices based in Berlin and in The Hague. 

EPO workers uphold their dissatisfaction with EPO leadership. 

In its reasons for demanding a strike, staff claim they want changes including an abolition of new staff investigation guidelines and freedom of communication for unions and other staff members. There are also concerns over changes to strike regulations and alterations to starting salaries and career prospects.” – WIPR reports.

Staff members claim that their petition aims to prevent the further erosion of the organization.

For being able to go on strike, 40 percent of staff members have to vote whether to take action, while 50 percent of those who vote must be in favor of the strike. The results will be checked by the EPO’s administrative staff.  

The EPO is responsible for granting European patents which can be later validated in all or just in some selected EU member states.

Source: WIPR 

Posted on October 6, 2014



EPO and Czech Republic Cooperation Strengthened

EPO President Benoît Battistelli met several members of the Czech government including Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mládek and representatives of the Czech industry and academia. The meeting was set in order to celebrate that the Intellectual Property Office of the Czech Republic was found 95 years ago. In addition, the meeting was also the marker of a constructive and efficient cooperation between the parties.

The said cooperation involves a number if incentives ranging from the introduction of professional trainings in the Czech Republic, the enhancing of patent related services and the strengthening of patent information tools and services.

In 2013, 291 Czech companies put their application in for a grant by the European Patent Office. This number implies a 26.5% increase from 2012.

Source: EPO News

Posted on September 16, 2014

Deepening Relations Between the EPO and Latin America


In the middle of the summer 2014 an important agreement was signed by EPO President Benoît Battistelli and Director General of the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, Patricia García-Escudero Márquez. The agreement aims to enhance the quality and efficiency of the Latin American patent system. Both Latin American and European inventors and businesses can benefit from the new form of cooperation.

A similar agreement has been already signed in 2011 and completed lately. The new agreement can be seen as a following step in the evolving relationship of the two regions.

"The knowledge society relies on the rapid spread of information, and the patent system has a special responsibility also for the broad diffusion of technological information. In this respect, the close and fruitful co-operation between the EPO and the STPO strongly contributes to ensuring lasting benefits to society both in Europe and in Latin America." - said Benoît Battistelli.

Source: EPO News


Posted on September 16, 2014




Tunisia as Possible Target of European Patent Validations

Tunisia arrived to a “strategic breakthrough” regarding its patent system as on July 3, 2014 the country signed an agreement with the European Patent Office that will make European patent validations possible also in Tunisia. EPO President Benoît Battistelli points out that due to the agreement, European patent holders will have easy access to an additional market with their protected inventions, which can have positive financial consequences. Tunisia on the other hand is also very hopeful that the cooperation will materialize in inflowing foreign investments.    

The agreement is a first step towards a deeper cooperation between the EU and the African country, which will finally lead to a probable free-trade agreement. Until then, Kamel Ben Naceur, Tunisian Minister for Industry, Energy and Mines expects a high bump in Tunisian innovation and development as a consequence of the consensus.   

However, a negative consequence should have been also taken into account. In case European patents will be massively validated in Tunisia, it will certainly have some repercussions. We could take the example of Hungary, where the inflowing European patents restrict the innovative work of domestic business entities and inventors.


Nevertheless, it is sure that the European patent validation system has many advantages. When validating a European patent, the proprietor can have exclusive rights for the use of their innovations in the subject countries of the validation. If you are considering filing a European patent validation order, get in touch with the professional team of Pintz & Partners LLC.  


Posted on July 31, 2014




Battistelli Stays in Position as EPO President

After a two-day-long session held in The Hague the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organization extended the mandate by three years of current President of the European Patent Office (EPO).

Battistelli became involved with the field of patents, trademarks and industrial design rights in 2004, when he was appointed chief executive officer at the French National Intellectual Property Institute. He was then appointed chairman of the Supervisory Board of the European Patent Academy and then, from 2008 he led the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organization. He then became President of the EPO.

The Administrative Council has fully supported their previous chairman. As the official site of the EPO cites, “At the meeting, the Council expressed its continued support for the EPO\'s quality/efficiency strategy adopted in 2011 under President Battistelli, which is being implemented by means of five “roadmaps” in the areas of IT, co-operation, human resources, buildings and quality. The Council fully endorsed the steps taken and progress achieved so far, and unanimously approved proposals for further action in all five of the updated roadmaps.


The EPO and European patent validations

After a patent is granted as a European Patent by the EPO, it needs to be validated in those countries where the proprietor wants to enjoy exclusive rights for its use. For such a step, it is highly recommended to consult professional patent attorneys.

Pintz & Partners LLC is here to help you with any kind of European patent validation cases.  



Posted on July 31, 2014



EPO Workers are Dissatisfied with the President     

The employees of the Munich-based European Patent Office (EPO) are pretty much dissatisfied with EPO President Benoît Battistelli. This is why they intended to hold their third protest in 2014 in June. However, they could not do so as Battistelli forbid them to hold their demonstration.

The reason for the restraint was that such a demonstration would cast shadow on the next EPO Presidential election. The workers however still could not communicate their basic problems towards the leadership as the latter will not listen to them. Employees are very discontent with the President and his lack of attention paid towards their cause. They claim that thwarting can be found also in the proceedings of the Disciplinary Board and in the Office’s behavior towards the employees’ labor union.

Battistelli and their spokesperson explained the ban on the demonstration by the fact that it would distract the attention from the EPO elections, which enjoys priority.

According to the hurt employees “The obvious aim is to convince the Administrative Council that all is well at the EPO, despite overwhelming evidence of the contrary, so that his [Battistelli’s] term of office will be prolonged for another two or three years”.


The EPO\'s place in European patent validations


First, a patent description with its claims and drawings needs to be granted by the European Patent Office. From the time of the mention of the grant in the EPO’s bulletin, the applicant has three months to validate the invention in the European countries he wants to have exclusive rights for this intellectual property.

At www.epvalidation.net Pintz & Partners LLC provides European patent validation services with a very competitive flat rate. If you are interested in our service, check out our fees and our terms and conditions.


Source: WIPR - Word Intellectual Property Review


Posted on July 31, 2014



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