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1 Development of the European Patent System Conference on Intellectual property (Riga, March 3-4, 2015) Alberto Casado Vice-President Directorate General 2 03 March 2015

2 Contents I. About the EPO II. Cooperation III. Quality Management at the EPO IV. Unitary Patent 2

3 I. About the EPO 3

4 The mission of the As the patent office for Europe, we support innovation, competitiveness and economic growth across Europe through a commitment to high quality and efficient services delivered under the European Patent Convention. 4

5 EPO position statements and the facts and figures 2014 = patent filings An increase of around 3% over 2014 Benoît Battistelli said: "These figures confirm Europe's continued strength as a hub of innovation," "Demand for patents has grown steadily for the past five years. Filings originating from Europe remained stable at 35%. IP5: US: 26% (71745, +6.8%) China: 9% (26472, +18.2%) Japan: 18% (48657, -4.4%) Korea: 6% (16358, +2,3%) 5

6 Granted patents (2014) 1) DE: Germany I FR: France I CH: Switzerland I NL: Netherlands I GB: United Kingdom US: United States I JP: Japan I CN: P.R. China I KR: Republic of Korea I EPO: European Patent Organisation 1) Analysis based on granted patents in Patents have been allocated to the country of residence of the first-named patentee. 6

7 Technical fields 1) with the most applications (2014) 2) 1) Classified according to the IPC and technology concordance table as revised in January ) Based on European patent applications filed with the EPO. 7

8 Top applicants seeking patent protection from the EPO in ) 1) Based on European patent applications filed with the EPO. 8

9 II. Cooperation 9

10 Today European member states Belgium Germany France Luxembourg Netherlands Switzerland United Kingdom Sweden Italy Austria Liechtenstein Greece Spain Denmark Monaco Portugal Ireland Finland Cyprus Turkey Bulgaria Czech Republic Estonia Slovakia Slovenia Hungary Romania Poland Iceland Lithuania Latvia Malta Croatia Norway Former Yugoslav Rep. Macedonia San Marino Albania Serbia 2 European extension states Bosnia-Herzegovina Montenegro 1 Validation state Morocco 10

11 Cooperation EPO Latvian Patent Office The LPO was founded in 1920 and acceded to the EPC on 1 July 2005 Bilateral Co-operation Plan (BCP) with LPO signed in 2014 covers mainly Training for LPO staff support to Latvian EQE candidates Patent-related IT services such as machine translation and Data acquisition with Quality at Source Patent information awareness, and the implementation of the Federated Patent Register and Espacenet services The EPO and the LPO work together to strengthen the European Patent System through joint events such as this conference 11

12 III. Quality Management at the EPO 12

13 Highlights 2014 New Quality Management System New complaints procedure entered into force Operational Quality Control (CASE) Individual Quality Objectives Quality section on Certification of Patent Granting Process under ISO 9001:2008 Mr. Blechschmid, CEO of the certifying authority DQS handing over the ISO9001 certificate to the President 13

14 IV. Unitary Patent 14

15 The unitary patent and the EPO member states Unitary patent states Austria Belgium Bulgaria Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Ireland Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Netherlands Poland Portugal Romania Slovakia Slovenia Sweden United Kingdom Other EPO member states Italy Spain Iceland Switzerland Norway Turkey Monaco San Marino Liechtenstein Croatia Serbia Albania Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 15

16 The Unified Patent Court Court of Appeal with seat in Luxembourg Appeals Requests for preliminary rulings Court of Justice of the European Union Court of First Instance Seat in Paris Office of President Central Division Section in Munich Section in London Local Divisions set up in individual member states LD LD LD LD LD LD LD LD Regional Divisions set up by groups of member states RD RD RD RD Revocation actions Infringement actions 16

17 UPC Agreement : UPC locations Local/regional division(s) Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Helsinki, London, Mannheim, Milan, Munich, Paris, Stockholm, The Hague, Vienna Mediation Centres Lisbon, Ljubljana 17

18 Basic principles of the unitary patent A European patent, granted by the EPO under the EPC Unitary effect extends to the 25 EU member states currently participating, at the patent proprietor's request Registered by the EPO in one single administrative step European patent with effect in 38 member states and 2 extension states Upon request Unitary patent with effect in the territories of the 25 participating EU member states An additional option for patent proprietors, alongside the existing European and national patent systems Can be combined with the European patent to cover up to 40 European countries 18

19 Objectives of the unitary patent A less expensive and less cumbersome patent system for Europe Facilitates access to patent protection in Europe Makes Europe more attractive for innovation and investors Boosts Europe's competitiveness 19

20 Summary The EPO provides patent protection in up to 40 European countries. Aim of our cooperation activities with EPC member states: provide European patent system with high-quality services strengthen the European Patent Network with national offices promote interoperability between EPO and national offices Unitary Patent with unitary effect in 25 European countries 20

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