European Patent Office Information Day in the European Parliament

February 23, 2005

Munich/Brussels: The European Parliament will host the first European Patent Office (EPO) Information Day on the 30th March 2005. The EPO Information Day will include a presentation to the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) by EPO President Alain Pompidou and workshops on EPO products and services.

Mr. Alain Pompidou will highlight the dynamic growth of the European patent system and its role for the European economy. The European Patent Office plays a central role in managing the flow from technological knowledge to innovation and from innovation to the market place. This year the EPO expects a new record number of nearly 180,000 patent applications from all fields of technology.

Supporting European enterprises and, consequently, the innovation process in the European Union, the EPO contributes to the realization of the Lisbon strategy, establishing the goal for the European Union to become knowledge-based and the most competitive economy in the world by 2010.
For further information, please contact:

David Sant
European Patent Office
Brussels Bureau
Av. de Cortenbergh, 60
B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: 32-2-274-1591
Fax: 32-2-201-5928

EPO's e-mail address for press queries:

Media Contact:

Marta Czerniawska
Rue Wiertz, 50/28
B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
Tel.: 32-2-401-6147
Fax: 32-2-401-6868

Editor's note

EPO: The European Patent Office grants European patents for the contracting states to the European Patent Convention (EPC), which was signed in Munich on 5 October 1973 and entered into force on 7 October 1977. It is the executive body of the European Patent Organisation, an intergovernmental body set up under the EPC, whose members are the EPC contracting states. The activities of the EPO are supervised by the Organisation's Administrative Council, composed of delegates from these states. See

EPO Member States: The following states are currently members of the European Patent Organisation: Austria; Belgium; Republic of Bulgaria; Switzerland; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Germany; Denmark; Republic of Estonia; Spain; Finland; France; United Kingdom; Hellenic Republic; Hungary; Ireland; Iceland; Italy; Liechtenstein; Lithuania, Luxembourg; Monaco; Netherlands; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Romania; Sweden; Slovenia; Slovak Republic and Turkey.

European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) is responsible for:

1. The Union's industrial policy and the application of new technologies, including measures relating to SMEs;
2. The Union's research policy, including the dissemination and exploitation of research findings;
3. Space policy;
4. The activities of Joint Research Centre and the Central Office for Nuclear Measurements, as well as JET, ITER and other projects in the same area;
5. Community measures relating to energy policy in general, the security of energy supply and energy efficiency including the establishment and development of trans-European networks to the energy infrastructure sector;
6. The Euratom Treaty and Euratom Supply Agency; nuclear safety, decommissioning and waste disposal in the nuclear sector;
7. The information society and information technology, including the establishment and development of trans-European networks in the telecommunication infrastructure sector.

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