The welcome address was delivered by Maria Agró, President of the Italian Patent and Trade Mark Office while opening speeches were presented by Alfonso Gianni, Under-Secretary of Economic Development and Peter Vermeij, Vice-President of the European Patent Office. A keynote presentation was delivered by Catia Bastioli, CEO of Novamont and winner of the “Inventor of the Year 2007” award, which honors inventors who have made a significant contribution to innovation in Europe.
The theme of this year’s conference, “End to End Electronic Processing: How to survive when the EPO no longer accepts paper” highlighted the step by step approach that the EPO will implement in the effort to slowly phase out paper patent applications.
In the past ten years, the number of patent applications received at the EPO has more than doubled. By the end of the year, the European Patent Office (EPO) expects to receive a record total of around 221, 000 patent applications, a marked increase from the previous year. This is further proof of the growing interest in patents for the knowledge economy in Europe.
In Italy, a recent initiative of the Italian government aims at promoting the country’s IP policy with a view to fostering economic development. “We particularly foresee strengthening the protection rights such as patents and facilitate access to the IP system from both individuals and enterprises.” said Alfonso Gianni.
Alison Brimelow, President of the European Patent Office stated, “To move towards ‘E-to-E’, the EPO will focus on two major axes: Online filing and the ‘Self Service Model’. Online Filing across Europe will continue to be our flagship: It will support all elements on the patent filing –from application to appeal. We will complete the offering in 2008: A version with patent management system integration will be available for companies filing large numbers of applications, a browser version for other users.”
Brimelow emphasized that the EPO will give timely warning of and preparation for any changes and cut off dates for paper applications and going paperless will occur step by step, taking into account the needs of all the systems’ stakeholders.
More than 500 delegates from across Europe attended the conference, which developed through three parallel sessions including presentations, hands-on workshops featuring Online Services and esp@cenet ® as well as seminars detailing the patent granting procedure.
Meropi Yiasemis | alfa
Snake-inspired robot uses kirigami to move
22.02.2018 | Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Camera technology in vehicles: Low-latency image data compression
22.02.2018 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Nachrichtentechnik, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, HHI
A newly developed laser technology has enabled physicists in the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (jointly run by LMU Munich and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics) to generate attosecond bursts of high-energy photons of unprecedented intensity. This has made it possible to observe the interaction of multiple photons in a single such pulse with electrons in the inner orbital shell of an atom.
In order to observe the ultrafast electron motion in the inner shells of atoms with short light pulses, the pulses must not only be ultrashort, but very...
A group of researchers led by Andrea Cavalleri at the Max Planck Institute for Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) in Hamburg has demonstrated a new method enabling precise measurements of the interatomic forces that hold crystalline solids together. The paper Probing the Interatomic Potential of Solids by Strong-Field Nonlinear Phononics, published online in Nature, explains how a terahertz-frequency laser pulse can drive very large deformations of the crystal.
By measuring the highly unusual atomic trajectories under extreme electromagnetic transients, the MPSD group could reconstruct how rigid the atomic bonds are...
Quantum computers may one day solve algorithmic problems which even the biggest supercomputers today can’t manage. But how do you test a quantum computer to...
For the first time, a team of researchers at the Max-Planck Institute (MPI) for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, has succeeded in making an integrated circuit (IC) from just a monolayer of a semiconducting polymer via a bottom-up, self-assembly approach.
In the self-assembly process, the semiconducting polymer arranges itself into an ordered monolayer in a transistor. The transistors are binary switches used...
Breakthrough provides a new concept of the design of molecular motors, sensors and electricity generators at nanoscale
Researchers from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS (IOCB Prague), Institute of Physics of the CAS (IP CAS) and Palacký University...
15.02.2018 | Event News
13.02.2018 | Event News
12.02.2018 | Event News
23.02.2018 | Physics and Astronomy
23.02.2018 | Health and Medicine
23.02.2018 | Physics and Astronomy