The growing demand for European patents confirms Europe’s attractiveness as a leading technology market

The European Patent Office (EPO) received nearly 166 000 European patent applications in 2017, an increase of +3.9% and an all-time high. Published today, the EPO’s Annual Report 2017 also shows that thanks to sustained efforts to boost quality and efficiency, the EPO published some 106 000  granted European patents  in 2017, up 10.1% on the previous Read more about The growing demand for European patents confirms Europe’s attractiveness as a leading technology market[…]

SME case studies highlights importance of patents for Europe’s SMEs

The EPO has published a set of 12 case studies which show how Europe’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are successfully using patents for their business. The studies form a part of the EPO’s efforts to support smaller companies in better protecting their inventions. The publication aims to raise awareness of the importance of patents Read more about SME case studies highlights importance of patents for Europe’s SMEs[…]

EPO and IRENA enhance cooperation on patent information about renewable energy technologies

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the EPO have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral cooperation to promote innovation in the field of renewable energy technologies. The agreement enhances the co-operation between the two bodies. “This MoU is intended to provide a framework for long-term collaboration between the EPO and IRENA with the Read more about EPO and IRENA enhance cooperation on patent information about renewable energy technologies[…]