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New Cooperation Arrangement Signed With European Patent Office

Boost for businesses and inventors as UK signs new working arrangement with European Patent Office

Published on 04 March 2014

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by Viscount Younger of Leckie


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A new working arrangement between the UK and European patent offices which will help UK businesses, was signed today by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO).

The ‘Cooperation plan’ was signed during a meeting between Intellectual Property Minister, Lord Younger; John Alty, Chief Executive of the IPO, and President Benoit Battistelli from the EPO.

The plan outlines a better working relationship between the two organisations and will also allow UK businesses to have increased access to patent information in Europe.

Minister for Intellectual Property, Lord Younger said:

"The fact that we have seen a rise in complex patent applications just goes to show that the UK is once again a nation of inventors. Our businesses with a creative and innovative approach are thriving and this agreement is a boost for expanding and marketing their ideas and products into the European market."

EPO President Benoît Battistelli said:

"This collaboration between the UK and the EPO will benefit all users of the patent system. I welcome this opportunity for closer cooperation in areas of mutual interest, particularly around patent-related IT services and e-learning tools."

The IPO is a leader when it comes to investing in modern and efficient systems and services for its users. This investment and the cooperation arrangements will in turn help our office to deliver the high quality and timely services that users expect.

The number of European patents granted to UK companies and inventors has increased by 25% over the past five years, and the UK ranked 8th for patent filings at the EPO in 2012. The EPO’s 2013 annual figures will be announced on 6 March at a press conference in Brussels.

The UK is a founding member of the European Patent Organisation, which was set up on 7 October 1977 on the basis of the European Patent Convention signed in Munich in 1973.

For more information about this press release including contact details visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-cooperation-arrangement-signed-with-european-patent-office



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Posted 2014-03-04 16:33:00