EPO meets with users and IP offices in Sweden, Finland and Denmark


12 September 2019

EPO President Campinos addresses users in Stockholm at an event organised by the Swedish Patent and Registration Office

Led by President António Campinos, an
EPO delegation which included Nellie Simon, Vice-President Corporate Services,
and Christoph Ernst, Vice-President for Legal and International Affairs,
visited Sweden, Finland and Denmark. In all three countries, the EPO delegation
met with the national intellectual property (IP) offices and key stakeholders,
including major applicants, patent law firms, research institutions and
business associations.

EPO delegation hosted by the Finnish Patent and Registration Office

The EPO President used the
opportunity offered by these meetings to present the main features of the EPO’s
Strategic Plan 2023 and to gather feedback from users on how they think the
patent system should develop in the future. Among the topics addressed were the
quality, timeliness and flexibility of the patent procedure, as well as the challenges
and opportunities posed by digitalisation, artificial intelligence, and the
rising number of applications from around the world.

Highlighting the strong innovative
potential of the Nordic countries, the EPO President underlined the importance
of providing the best services and further improving the support to inventors
and industry. He also explained the role of European co-operation in achieving
this: “Our stakeholders want to see that
above all we’re taking care of quality,”
Mr Campinos said. “This is a topic that runs throughout our
plans for the next four years: Our primary objective is to sustain the high
quality of the products and services – and to improve it further. For this, co-operation
with all our member states is essential to develop the European patent network,
to make it more responsive to user needs, and to help us deliver effective

EPO delegation hosted by the Danish Patent and Trademark Office

The EPO also held bilateral meetings
with the Swedish, Finnish and Danish national intellectual property offices to
discuss how the EPO can further support them in strengthening the local
innovation system. They discussed co-operation activities set out in the EPO’s
Strategic Plan related to IT tools, knowledge sharing, quality and aligning
practices. In addition, activities aimed at raising IP awareness among SMEs and
researchers, as well as deploying measures that help bring inventions to market
were addressed.

Sweden, Finland and Denmark are known
for their high levels of innovation and use of intellectual property rights. All
three are placed among the top six countries in terms of the number of European
patent applications per million inhabitants at the EPO in 2018, and are ranked
highest in the European Commission’s European Innovation Scoreboard (Sweden
is the 2019 EU innovation leader, followed by Finland and Denmark).

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