EPO President António Campinos visits DPMA

EPO President António Campinos visits DPMA

IT projects in focus: First working meeting between the new head of the European Patent Office and the president of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office

Following the change of personnel at the head of the European Patent Office (EPO), the presidents of the EPO and the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) met for the first time for a working discussion. The exchange mainly focused on questions of future cooperation, in particular on the further development of IT systems. Besides the new EPO President António Campinos and DPMA President Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer, the meeting was attended by EPO Vice-President Raimund Lutz, DPMA Vice-President Christine Moosbauer and other representatives of the top management of both institutions. The Portuguese António Campinos, previously Head of the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), succeeded the French Benoît Battistelli as EPO President in July.

President Campinos showed particular interest in the DPMA's electronic case file and the business processes implemented there. Since 2011, the German Office has been processing its patent cases completely electronically - from the application to decisions and notifications and their dispatch to the applicants. The heads of the offices also discussed the question of the application of the CPC classification (Cooperative Patent Classification) in addition to the use of the IPC (International Patent Classification) by the patent examiners of the DPMA in certain fields of technology. In addition, they discussed future cooperation on online applications and the integration of national register entries of the DPMA into the international register of the EPO. The DPMA President also reported on the challenges in recruiting staff for her office. Over the next two years, the DPMA will recruit up to 150 new patent examiners and is currently looking for highly qualified engineers and scientists.

The talks took place in a friendly, good neighbourly atmosphere. Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer and António Campinos have known each other for many years from international cooperation in the field of intellectual property. The heads of both Munich-based offices expressed the will to work together as colleagues and want to intensify the exchange in the future, not least for the benefit of their customers. German applicants are among the strongest users of the European patent system. "I wish António Campinos every success and will gladly support him in his strategy of cooperation with the national offices", said the DPMA President.

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Last updated: 21 June 2022