About: European Patent Office

Agrifood 20-09-2019

MEPs rebuke European Patent Office over conventional breeding copyright

In another episode of the longstanding legal saga on biotech inventions, the European Parliament delivered a new reprimand to the European Patent Office (EPO) reaffirming that tomatoes, broccoli and other plants obtained by essentially biological processes must not be patentable.
Economy & Jobs 07-03-2018

Chinese firm Huawei leads European patent applications

For the first time in the history of the European Patent Office, a Chinese company came on top in terms of patent applications in 2017, a year that saw a new record in the number of requests for intellectual property protection in Europe.
Brexit 19-06-2017

EU patent court to remain in London despite Brexit… for now

The new EU’s unified patent court will start functioning early next year and would remain in London despite UK’s decision to leave the union, although its future will depend on the outcome of the divorce talks.
Economy & Jobs 07-03-2017

Unitary patent expected this year, despite Brexit 

The European Patent Office on Tuesday (7 March) said that the long-awaited EU patent will be launched this year and that it was confident that the UK would continue its involvement.

Business warns single patent too expensive

National patent offices are attempting to set the price of the unitary European patent at a level too high to attract European companies to use it, European business representatives have warned.

EU pushes through Unified Patent Court

Brussels has paved the way for a specialised European patent court to solve disputes in one instance and avoid multiple litigation cases in up to 28 different national courts.

Asian companies swell European patent applications

Applications for European patents recorded a record high last year, exceeding pre-crisis levels of 2008 for the first time, but for the first time in the history of the European Patent Office the most patents were filed by a non-European firm.
Languages & Culture 25-03-2011

EU patent office, Google seal pact on translation

The European Patent Office (EPO) and American Internet giant Google signed yesterday (24 March) an agreement to collaborate on machine translation of patents into 32 European, Slavic and Asian languages.
Trade & Society 01-09-2010

Parliament and governments block EU patent

Seven EU countries and the European Parliament have told the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that the European Commission's plans for a single patent court are unacceptable, EURACTIV has learned. The move leaves Europe deeply divided on an issue that goes to the heart of efforts to boost innovation and competitiveness.
Languages & Culture 02-07-2010

EU seeks to break patent translation deadlock

Innovative companies could see a dramatic reduction in the cost of patenting new inventions, if a controversial European Commission plan is adopted by EU governments. The new rules could pave the way for a single European patent to be issued in one of just three languages – English, French or German.

China, India push for ‘patent free’ green tech

As world leaders prepare for climate talks in Copenhagen next month, developing nations have tabled a controversial proposal which would effectively end patent protection for clean technologies.

European patent office to study green innovation

The European Patent Office (EPO) has embarked on a detailed study to map the growth in eco-innovation since the introduction of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. The move comes ahead of the next month's UN climate summit in Copenhagen and as major industry players line up behind green technology.

Patents suffer as crisis hits innovation

It may be the European Year of Creativity and Innovation, but the recession has stifled new patent applications and experts say the worst is yet to come.
Brexit 30-06-2009

Halve patent fees for SMEs, says EU think-tank

Small, innovative companies should be given special status by the European Patent Office (EPO) in order to remove barriers to intellectual property protection, according to a new report by the Brussels-based Bruegel think-tank.

Patent applications falling across Europe

Preliminary figures from the European Patent Office (EPO) reveal that the number of applications for new patents is down 7% in the first two months of 2009. This is the first reduction in patent applications in over a decade, sparking fears that Europe's knowledge economy is under threat.

Patent litigation reform to cut costs for SMEs

The European Commission is seeking powers from EU member states to conclude an agreement on a Unified Patent Litigation System (UPLS), which would establish a court with jurisdiction for existing European patents and the future Community patent system.

EU braced for patent-battle revisited

Commissioner Charlie McCreevy will this week outline his patent policy plans to the European Parliament, but his support for a single European patent law is already under fire. 

EU in for new patent fight

As Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy makes "one final effort" to break the impasse on the EU community patent, campaigners warn that the Commission's proposal could bring back software patents "through the back door".
Digital 07-07-2005

Computer patents

After the rejection by the Parliament of the proposed directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions, often dubbed as the "software patents directive", industry and associations are discussing consequences for Europe's patent regime and intellectual property rights (IPR) protection for computer programs. 
Digital 06-07-2005

Parliament ditches software patents

By a vast majority, parliament rejected the proposal on the patentability of software and other computer-related inventions on 6 July 2005. The Commission will not come forward with another proposal on the much-disputed issue.
Digital 21-06-2005

Patent law passes EP committee without major changes

The Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee adopted on 20 June the draft directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions. Most of the major amendments  proposed by the rapporteur, Michel Rocard, and other MEPs critical of the proposal were rejected. 
Agrifood 08-05-2003

European Patent Office limits controversial biotech patent for GM soybean varieties

On 6 May, the European Patent Office held a hearing concerning a patent monopoly by Monsanto on genetically modified soybeans.
Competition 03-03-2003

Community Patent: Inching towards a resolution

EU diplomats held intensive discussions on how to resolve the controversial points on the creation of a European Patent ahead of the Spring Summit deadline.