Presented in conjunction with The Melbourne Law School
The European patent system: serving the global economy
Benoît Battistelli – President, European Patent Office
While the driving force behind the innovation process is people, patents have an important role to play by opening the door to capital and business partners. A study published last year by the EPO and the EUIPO found that more than 40% of total economic activity and over a third of all jobs in the EU are generated by industries that make above-average use of intellectual property.
The European Patent Office has seen increasing demand for patents in the past five years – in 2016 alone it received nearly 160 000 applications. The attractiveness of the European patent system for innovators from Australia and elsewhere in the world will increase even further in coming years, through implementation of new Validation Agreements and with the launch of the Unitary Patent system in early 2018.
In this year’s Lecture, the President of the EPO will explain these developments and explore their implications and benefits for Australian innovators. For further details please see flyer.