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Introducción a la OEP. Enrique Molina Galán Director Biotecnología EPO La Haya. Visita a Galicia, Julio 2010. European Patent Organisation. Member states:

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introducci n a la oep

Introducción a la OEP

Enrique Molina Galán

Director Biotecnología

EPO La Haya

Visita a Galicia, Julio 2010

european patent organisation
European Patent Organisation

Member states:

Albania • Austria • Belgium • Bulgaria • Croatia • Cyprus • Czech Republic • Denmark • Estonia • Finland • France • Germany • Greece • Hungary • Iceland • Ireland • Italy • Latvia • Liechtenstein • Lithuania • Luxembourg • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia • Malta • Monaco • Netherlands • Norway • Poland • Portugal • Romania • San Marino •Slovakia •

Slovenia • Spain • Sweden •

Switzerland • Turkey • United Kingdom

Extension agreements:

Bosnia-Herzegovina • Montenegro • Serbia

  • A European intergovernmental institution, but
  • not an EU institution
  • Self-financing, i.e. revenuefrom fees covers operatingand capital expenditure
  • 37 member states
  • a market of over 500 M citizens
  • Single procedure & language
the european patent convention
The European Patent Convention
  • The European Patent Convention (EPC)
    • provides the legal framework for the granting of European patents via a centralised procedure
    • establishes the European Patent Organisation
  • 1973 – Diplomatic Conference in Munich ► signature of the EPC by 16 countries
  • 1977 – Entry into force of the EPC in 7 countries - marked as follows
    • Italy since 1.12.78
a bit of history
A bit of History
  • 1973 Diplomatic conference setting up EPC
  • 1977 EPC enters into force
  • 1978 EPO starts operating and receives first European applications
  • 2000 Diplomatic conference performs the first comprehensive overhaul of EPC; EPC 2000
  • 2007 EPC 2000 enters into force
slide5

European Patent Organisation

Administrative Council

European Patent Office

  • The executive body
  • responsible for examining

European patent

applications

  • The legislative body
  • made up of delegates from themember states
  • supervises the activities of the Office
  • has a specific legislative function

Structure of the European Patent Organisation

structure
Structure

President

Benoît Battistelli

Presidential area

Directorates-General

Operations

Thomas Hammer

Operational Support

Peter Vermeij

Appeals

Peter Messerli

Administration

Brian McGinley

Legal/InternationalAffairs

Wim van der Eijk (ad interim)

Business Services

Patent Administration

Human Resources

Appeals

European and InternationalAffairs

Search

Substantive Examination

Opposition

General Administration

Quality Management

International

Legal Affairs and

Patent Law

Information Management

Language Service

Legal Services

EuropeanPatent Academy

Status: July 2010

Patent Information

structure of epo cluster biotech

Patent

Administration

Operational

Support

M

Structure of EPO - Cluster Biotech
number of staff and locations
Number of staff and locations

Munich

3 718

The Hague

2 710

Berlin

274

Vienna

112

Brussels

4

Total

6 818

Around 60% (4000) are patent examiners

Headquarters are in Munich

staff from 31 different countries 2009
Staff from 31 different countries (2009)

Country Number of staff

Country Number of staff

GR Greece

GB United Kingdom

HR Croatia

AT Austria

CZ Czech Republic

EE Estonia

BE Belgium

CH Switzerland

DK Denmark

ES Spain

FI Finland

BG Bulgaria

Others

TR Turkey

CY Cyprus

SI Slovenia

SK Slovakia

IE Ireland

IS Iceland

IT Italy

LT Lithuania

LU Luxembourg

LV Latvia

HU Hungary

NL Netherlands

SE Sweden

PL Poland

PT Portugal

RO Romania

MT Malta

  • 507
  • 165
  • 75
  • 2
  • 82
  • 29
  • 4
  • 507
  • 20
  • 69
  • 2
  • 1
  • 7
  • 447
  • 5
  • 74
  • 49
  • 609
  • 125
  • 62
  • 8
  • 87
  • 359
  • 115
  • 15
  • 237
  • 29
  • 2
  • 35
  • 14

DE Germany

  • 1 851

FR France

  • 1 225

Total

  • 6 818
locations
Locations

Munich 3 buildings

Headquarters

The Hague 4 buildings

Vienna

Berlin

Brussels

Bureau

The European Patent Office

Locations

the logo of the european patent office

“The fingerprint is the universally recognised hallmark of individuality and identification. Its adoption here in stylised form achieves the qualities necessary to the role of the EPO.”

(Kilkenny Design Workshops, Ireland)

The logo of theEuropean Patent Office
applications filed
Applications filed

Direct European filings

Euro-PCT applications entering the regional phase

oppositions in 2009
Oppositions in 2009

Oppositions were filed against 4.7% of granted European patents.

Over one third of all opposed patents were revoked.

Opposition rejected

Patent revoked

26.3%

43.6%

4.7%

Oppositions

30.1%

Granted patents

Patent maintained in amended form

jc biotechnology capacity and workload
JC Biotechnology: capacity and workload
  • 260 examiners (1/3 TH, 2/3 MU)
  • Incoming searches: 9000/year
  • Request for examination: 6000/year
  • Oppositions filed: 170/year
slide19

Cost of a sample European patent1)

1) Six states, ten-year term

The European patent

Cost

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