Record number of patent applications expected in Europe

Record number of patent applications expected in Europe

The third European Patent Offices epoline® Annual Conference took place in Salzburg on 23 and 24 November 2004.

This years conference, which was attended by 380 delegates from a large number of European countries, focused on the role of patents in the innovation process in Europe, and the support the EPOs electronic business platform epoline® can provide to that process.

The President of the European Patent Office, Mr. Alain Pompidou, highlighted the dynamic growth of the European patent system saying that this year the European Patent Office expects a record number of nearly 180,000 patent applications.

Supporting European enterprises and, consequently, the innovation process in the European Union, EPO contributes to the realization of the Lisbon Agenda, establishing the goal for the European Union to become knowledge-based and the most competitive economy in the world by 2010.

Visit the website site of the European Patent Office here.

Source: Cordis Wire

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