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  1. Activities of the European Patent Office Jeremy Philpott WIPO - ICC, 16 September 2008

  2. Contents • Introduction to the European Patent Office • Introduction to the European Patent Academy • Innovation Support • ip4inno • EPO PD 51 - International Co-operation

  3. The European Patent Office Our mission 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. European Patent Convention covers 34 member states European Patent Office

  4. Munich 3 514 The Hague 2 579 Berlin 283 Vienna 119 Brussels 4 Total 6 499 The European Patent Office Filed applications Staff (Dec 2007) Around 60% are patent examiners European Patent Office

  5. European Patent Academy • Founded in 2005; based in Munich • Promotes and supports patent-related IP training in Europe • Works in partnership with national patent offices, WIPO and other agencies

  6. European Patent Academy - audiences • Innovation Support - business advisors et al • Academia - university staff & students / TTOs • Patent Professionals - EQE • Judicial training - judges and litigators • Institutional Strengthening - NPOs et al • Materials, Media & Technology

  7. Innovation Support • Seminars & Workshops • "Inventors' Handbook" - online • "Handbook of European Intellectual Property Management" - publication

  8. ip4inno - basics • European Commission project, from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2008 • €2 million • Objective is to train business advisors & TTOs in IP topics, who in turn will train other advisors and SMEs • Seven work packages • Nineteen consortium partners (institutions)

  9. ip4inno – consortium partners • European Patent Office • Hungarian Patent Office • Portuguese Patent & TM Office • National Board of Patents & Registration of Finland • Spanish Patent Office • INPI, France • State IP Office of Croatia • Turkish Patent Office • Danish Patent Office • European Business and Innovation Centres Network • CRP Henri Tudor, Luxembourg • FUNDITEC, Spain • IWT - Flanders • Fraunhofer TEG • IEEPI, Strasbourg • METU - Technopolis, Turkey • Fundación EOI, Spain • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid • University of Alicante

  10. WP1 WP2 WP4i WP3 WP5 WP6 WP7 WP4ii MS • MS = Input from member states • WP1 = General Admin • WP2 = SME survey • WP3 = Web platform WP4 = (i) harvest material WP4 = (ii) create modules WP5 = Train trainers WP6 = Pilot training WP7 = Evaluation

  11. ip4inno – Work Packages and Leaders WP1 General administration, budget management etc. EPO (PD 5.1) WP2 European survey of SME needs. IEEPI1 WP3 Web-based platform for the training materials developed in WP4. EPO (PD 0.8) WP4 (i) Harvest existing IP training material from the member states; & (ii) create teaching modules therewith. EPO (PD 5.4) WP5 Use material to train trainers; 40 events (each of 1-3 days) in 20 countries. EBN2 WP6 Pilot training programme to prove that those trained in WP5 can train others effectively. HPO3 WP7 Evaluation. University of Alicante 1 www.ieepi.org 2 www.ebn.be 3 www.hpo.hu

  12. WP4 (ii) Module Topics

  13. WP4 (ii) Module Topics

  14. WP4 (ii) Module Topics

  15. PD 51 - International Co-operation • Supports a range of projects, bilateral and multilateral, with other countries. • Some work with current and future member states of the European Patent Organisation (e.g. expansion of INPI's "Pre-diagnostic") • Other projects, e.g. "Trilateral" (EPO, JPO & USPTO); and with China.

  16. Thank you for your attention Jeremy Philpott European Patent Academy jphilpott@epo.org European Patent Office +49 89 2399 5405 www.epo.org www.ip4inno.eu