The fourth European Patent Office epoline Annual Conference took place in Athens on 23 and 24 November 2005. The conference was organised in cooperation with the Greek Patent Office (OBI). The Greek Minister of Development Mr. Dimitris Sioufas delivered a welcome address, and the opening speech was given by Prof. Alain Pompidou, President of the European Patent Office. Keynote presentation “Europe in a world of innovation and growth” was delivered by Mr. Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister of Sweden.
This year’s conference, entitled “The Future of the Intellectual Property Infrastructure in Europe”, highlighted the role of the European Patent system as an integral part of the efforts to achieve the goal of transforming Europe into the most competitive knowledge-based economy by 2010. In the development of this system the EPO has a central role to play, not only within the framework of its exclusive responsibility – the European patent granting process – but also through the other pillars of the system, such as patent awareness and patent information.
More than 350 delegates from a large number of European countries attended the conference, which developed through three parallel sessions combined with hands-on workshops on epoline and esp@cenet, the EPO’ online products.
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