Nominate outstanding inventors for the European Inventor Award by 12 October

The 11th annual European Inventor Award, organised by the European Patent Office (EPO) in Lisbon last June, was a wonderful celebration of innovation. This short film summarises the emotion of the trophy ceremony and the purpose of the Award. The 12th edition of the Award will be held in Venice next June.

The fifteen finalists are excellent ambassadors not just for innovation but for the patent system as a whole. In each of their films they explain their inventions as well as the benefits to society and the economy, frequently mentioning the role patents play in their business models. The Award reflects well on the patent system and IP profession as a whole, and particularly on those working with inventors to monetise or enforce their patents.

Therefore we encourage you to consider which of the inventors you know might meet the EPO’s high criteria for developing inventions of great social and/or economic benefit, and which have been granted European patents (at least one still in force). The application procedure is simple and can be made online. With competition fierce (over 400 proposals last year for just 15 places!) we would suggest you submit suggestions before the 12 October deadline.


Two updated training modules from the European Patent Office

The European Patent Office (EPO) has updated two modules in its e-learning centre on “patentability of computer-implemented inventions” and “biotechnological inventions”.

The new modules have been restructured according to the recent developments in both areas and with respect to the current EPO practices.

With this latest update, the module on “patentability of computer-implemented inventions” covers patentable and non-patentable subject-matter and examination of such inventions together with case law examples.

The module on “biotechnological inventions” focuses on specific patentability criteria of biotechnological inventions.

Please click here to access the EPO’s extensive collection of e-learning modules ranging from patents searching to IP in business.


European Inventor Award 2017

Nominations for the European Inventor Award 2017 are now open. The Award recognises outstanding inventors from around the world, from all technical fields and backgrounds.

People from industry, research institutes, IP associations and universities, as well as the general public, are all welcome to nominate an inventor for the European Inventor Award.

The deadline for submissions is 12 October 2016.

Further information is available here.


Exceptional inventors have received European Inventor Award 2016

The European Patent Office (EPO) has presented the European Inventor Award 2016, a cerimony awarding each year outstanding inventors from Europe and around the world, who have made an exceptional contribution to social development, technological progress and economic growth.

Disocever who won by clicking here.


European Patent Office survey report on patent filings

Annually, the European Patent Office (EPO) launches a survey for medium term estimation of patent filing figures, not only for forecasting the number of applications but also to uncover the processes that lead to a patent application and to collect information about the economic trends.

The recently announced 2015 survey report reveals that nearly 300,000 patent filings are expected at the EPO in 2016, although a slight decrease in 2017 is expected. Another interesting estimation drawn by the survey was that 56% of EPO applicants are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The 2016 survey takes place from May to September 2016.

Read the full report on the 2015 survey here


How to get a European Patent - Guide for Applicants

The European Patent Office (EPO) has just published the updated 16th edition of “How to get a European Patent – Guide for Applicants”.

The "Guide for applicants" has been designed to provide inventors, companies and their representatives with an outline of the procedure involved in applying for a European patent, offering practical advice to smooth the way through the various stages.

Further information along with the full text of the guide is available here.


EPO reveals the finalists for the European Inventor Award 2016

The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced 15 pioneering finalists for this year’s European Inventor Award.

In its 11th edition, EPO once again honours scientists, researchers and engineers who contributed to the world’s technological progress, social development and economic growth with their patented inventions. The awards are given in the five following categories, where three finalists in each have been revealed:

  • Industry
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Research
  • Non-European countries
  • Lifetime achievement

    In addition to the winners in each category, the public will also select the winner of the Popular Prize by online voting in the run-up to the ceremony.

    The EPO European Inventor Award 2016 ceremony will be held on June 9th in Lisbon, Portugal with the participation of prominent representatives from politics, business, science and industry.

    For more information about the awards and this year's finalists, check EPO's dedicated pages on the European Inventor Awards here.


    Highlights from the EPO’s Annual Report 2015

    The European Patent Office (EPO) released its Annual Report for 2015 in last week’s press conference in Brussels. The results show that in 2015, there has been a rise in both European Patent filings (+1.6%) and applications (+4.8%) compared to 2014, confirming a trend of positive growth that has been witnessed for the sixth year in a row.
    Following the 38 EPO member states (35% of all applications), the USA remains the largest filer, accounting for 24% of all European filings, before Japan with 18% share. Among EPO member states, Germany takes the lead with 11%.
    For the full coverage of the EPO 2015 Annual Report, please click here.

    Intellectual Property made easy

    The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office has recently created a new series of IP-based animations which aim to explain the different IP rights and how they can benefit business.

    If you want to acquire basic information on Intellectual Property, this suite of 12 short animations is the perfect place for you to start.

    The animations are available at the following link.

    EPO training events - Guidelines2day and Article 84 EPC

    The European Patent Office (EPO) with the support of the epi (Institute of Professional Representatives before the EPO) is organising a series of training events designed for patent attorneys and IP professionals around Europe.

    The events will cover:

    • the impact of the amendments in the new Guidelines for Examination, with the focus on how to optimise patent prosecution before the EPO;
    • procedural changes which are not covered by the Guidelines but which are nevertheless relevant to professional representatives;
    • how the EPO evaluates whether the claims comply with the requirements of art. 84 EPC.

    The speakers will provide sound practical advice using general examples which do not require specific technical knowledge.

    The fee for registration for each event is 320 EUR covering the participation, material and catering.

    Register for the next seminars in Berlin (on the 5th of April)  or in Oslo (on the 7th  of April) by the 13th of March.