The Economic and Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB) of the European Patent Office (EPO) published its recommendations for improving the patent system.
According to the EPO, the Board pointed out that patent quality is essential to boost innovation, and that this requires measures at both the pre and post-grant stages of the patenting process. “In the pre-grant phase, specific measures are needed to address the speed and quality of patent examination. At the post grant stage, opposition or re-examination proceedings require improvement, together with the litigation system. On this latter point, the establishment of Europe's Unified Patent Courtis expected to make a major contribution.” Moreover, the Board highlights the need to support small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as inventors and universities in dealing with patents.
During this year, the ESAB will address in particular the economic effects of the unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court.
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