epi NewsPCT at the EPO
Conference for patent professionals and industry
13 June 2013 – EPO Munich, Germany
The EPO is organising an in-house training event for patent attorneys and IP professionals from industry in Europe and elsewhere interested in filing PCT applications with the EPO.
More information can be found on the website of the European Patent Office: www.epo.org/pct-conference
The EPO intends to discontinue the print version of its Official Journal with effect from 1 January 2014 and to issue an enhanced online publication instead.
Your feedback will be welcome. This survey is online since 4 February 2013 and ends 22 March 2013
The following consultation exercise allows users to indicate their wishes, needs and preferences with regard to the new online format of the OJ:
EPO Praktika Extern ProgrammeThe European patent Office is launching a Praktika Extern programme for experienced EPO examiners to exchange their knowledge with industry and patent attorney firms.
The EU Council announces a big leap towards innovation for EU companies
European Patent Office welcomes historic agreement on unitary patent
Registration is now open for Praktika Intern 2013, the EPO's training programme for patent professionals. The programme is made up of three modules designed for participants with different levels of knowledge and experience, and is intended not only for candidates preparing for the EQE but also for professional representatives working in private practice or industry. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2013.
Read more and apply online
The EPO is pleased to announce the launch of two electronic tools which enable you to receive electronic notifications from the EPO, access your published and unpublished files and use our new self-service functions, all in a secure environment.
IMF Academy extends its offer with the distance learning course Transfer Pricing and Intellectual Property.
With the shift towards a more knowledge-based and service-oriented economy, intangible assets such as trademarks, brands, patents, know-how and technology, account for an increasing part of the business value. The accurate and complete taxation and valuation of Intellectual Property (IP) and other intangible assets is therefore essential.
The new unique distance learning course covers the taxation and valuation of Intellectual Property (IP) and other intangible assets. The authors will look at intangibles from the complementary perspectives of Transfer Pricing and valuation.
We provide a special discount for members of the European Patent Institute. Members will receive € 200,- discount. Please mention EPI on the subscription form so we can give you the discount.
For more information about the course check our website; www.imfacademy.com.
The press release of the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament
The "Handbook of quality procedures before the EPO " is the result of an intensive and purposeful co-operation between the EPO, epi and BusinessEurope. The Handbook aims to provide a guide to preferred practices endorsed by both the EPO and user representatives. Its intention is to help to increase the quality of incoming applications, communications from examiners and submissions from parties, as well as to provide for an efficient prosecution. It may also serve as an orientation for attorneys who have less experience with the procedures at the European Patent Office and for candidates preparing for the European Qualifying Examination. The Handbook is meant to serve as complementary publication to the existing legal texts as it provides useful insight on the application of the law. References to the new Guidelines 2012, which will entered into force in June 2012, are made where appropriate. Download here