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  • EPO and CIPO make their PPH fast-track programme permanent
    on 19 January 2021 at 23:00

    The EPO and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) have announced that the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programme between the two offices became permanent on 6 January 2021.

  • Patent grants up 5.9% at IP5 offices in 2019
    on 13 January 2021 at 23:00

    The world’s five largest IP offices granted 1.6 million patents in 2019, an increase of 5.9% on the previous year, according to the latest IP5 Statistics Report published earlier this week on the IP5 website.

  • EPO allows the taking of evidence by VICO
    on 22 December 2020 at 23:00

    The Administrative Council amends Rules 117 and 118 EPC to permit the hearing of parties, witnesses and experts by videoconference.

  • Impact of AI on patent system explored at EPO digital event
    on 17 December 2020 at 23:00

    The European Patent Office (EPO) conference “The role of patents in an AI driven world” came to a conclusion today. The two-day online event provided a platform to discuss artificial intelligence (AI), its impact on intellectual property (IP), and the potential benefits it could bring to patent offices.

  • EPO congratulates INPI Brazil on its 50th anniversary
    on 13 December 2020 at 23:00

    The National Institute of Industrial Property of Brazil (INPI) celebrated its 50th anniversary on 11 December 2020, with messages coming from national and international organisations from around the world.