Annual Report 2017

Highlights of 2017

Continuing to deliver on our commitment to quality, adapting to and making use of new technologies such as those related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and advancing co-operation with patent offices worldwide – these are just some of the developments of the
past year, all aimed at improving our services to users.

Growing influence of the EPO worldwide

Working with our partners worldwide

For an efficient and quality-based international patent system

Quality, our first priority

Quality, our first priority

Re-organisation and streamlining

Breaking down language barriers

Language barriers fall

A better “brain” for Patent Translate

Gearing up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Patents, Artificial Intelligence and the “Internet of Things”

Evidence of the importance of patents for SMEs

Evidence of the importance of patents for SMEs

Case studies illustrate the value of patents for businesses

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