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President of the European Patent Office and Patent Attorneys Sit down Together

Open letter leads to dialogue

The European Patent Office has started a constructive dialogue with patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law on the initiative of a number of law firms who are working to ensure that inventors and companies obtain reliable patent protection.

Munich, 8 November 2018: On 16 October, representatives from 12 law firms from all over Germany met with a delegation led by the new president of the European Patent Office, António Campinos. The officials from the European Patent Office listened carefully to the experiences, views and concerns of the patent attorneys and attorneys-at-law, and signalled their willingness to discuss the issues which are the cause of the disquiet. All sides were in agreement that on an international comparison, the EPO’s work in the past has been of a very high standard and that all parties are keen for this high standard to be maintained. The meeting ended with the EPA indicating its willingness to continue with the constructive dialogue that has now begun. Among the issues to be discussed will be how to define quality criteria as well as possibilities to investigate points of criticism and eliminate the causes of such criticisms.

Further information

You can read the original open letter here and also find the letter as resend.

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