EUIPO and EPO renew cooperation agreement

    The EUIPO and the European Patent Office (EPO) have strengthened their bilateral relationship with the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding for closer cooperation.

    The agreement, signed by the EUIPO’s Executive Director, Christian Archambeau, and the EPO’s President, António Campinos, seeks to deepen cooperation in areas of joint work and carry out common projects on European and international cooperation, training and interchange of human resources and best practices, and awareness raising and promotion of the Intellectual Property system.

    The two offices have previously cooperated in a number of projects as a result of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in May 2011.

    The cooperation activities implemented in the framework of the new agreement will be formalised in the Annual Work Plans discussed and agreed on a yearly basis, ensuring the alignment of strategic and operational activities.

    During 2019, the EUIPO and the EPO will develop strong cooperation ties through the participation in their respective activities, such as the EUIPO’s European Cooperation Projects (ECPs), Annual Meetings on Cooperation, studies of major importance and the co-organisation of common cooperation initiatives in the training field, such as the IP Executive Week, the joint EPO-EUIPO webinars and the Pan-European Seal Professional Traineeship Programme and Talent Bank.

    Moreover, both organisations will continue their cooperation in a series of EU Funded projects led by the EUIPO.