Annual Report 2012

Highlights of 2012

Advancing the patent system in Europe and beyond

The introduction of a new classification scheme (Cooperative Patent Classification: CPC) with the potential of becoming a world standard, the launch of a free automatic translation service for patents, and progress towards a unitary patent by 25 EU member states were key developments of the past year.

Unitary patent teaser (JPG)

Green light for the unitary project

Improving patent protection in Europe

CPC teaser (JPG)


A new and improved system for classifying inventions

Inventor teaser (JPG)

Honouring inventors

European Inventor Award 2012

Patent Translate teaser (JPG)

Launch of Patent Translate

Eliminating the language barrier in patents

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