European Patent Office (EPO)
Office européen des brevets (OEB)
Europäisches Patentamt (EPA)
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Established 7 Oct 1977, based on adoption of T-XT7314 - Convention on the Grant of European Patents (European patent convention) at a diplomatic conference on 5 Oct 1973, Munich (Germany FR). The convention was signed by 16 European States in 1973 and entered into force on 7 Oct 1977. On 1 Jan 1978, EPO took over the functions of H-XH2338 - International Patent Institute, set up 6 Jun 1947, The Hague (Netherlands). First patent applications accepted 1 Jun 1978; first European patents granted 9 Jan 1980.
Support innovation, competitiveness and economic growth for the benefit of the citizens of Europe; grant European patents for inventions, on the basis of a centralized procedure.
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European Patent Office is executive organ of D-XJ3725 - European Patent Organisation and consists of President and 5 Directorates General, headed by a Vice-President each: Operations; Operational Support; Appeals; Administration; Legal/International Affairs.
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