The European Patent Office epoline® Annual Conference 2005 “The Future of IP Infrastructure in Europe”

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Munich/The Hague: The future of the Intellectual Property infrastructure in Europe and contributions on the epoline? products and services from the user’s perspective will be the main subjects of the fourth epoline? Annual Conference, which will be held at the Athenaeum InterContinental hotel in Athens on 23-24 November 2005.


Around 400 patent professionals from all over Europe will come together and debate the latest developments in on-line patent management, information dissemination and role of electronic communication in European innovation and R&D.


One of the keynote presentations ?Europe in a world of innovation and growth? will be presented by Mr. Carl Bildt, former Swedish prime minister. Against the background of the reform experience in the Nordic economies, in particular the fostering of competition and innovation in the use of telecommunications and other modern technologies, Carl Bildt will address the present economic situation in Europe.


The participants will also see various examples of the epoline? products and services presented from the user’s perspective. For example, Eli Lilly and Company representatives will show how Eli Lilly?s European patent department has integrated the services provided by the EPO via epoline? into its everyday processes and practices. Hewlett-Packard will present an examination of the use of electronic applications in an intellectual property infrastructure, with the focus on the benefits and drawbacks for a "paperless" IP department, and HP?s experience in using and integrating epoline? applications in different countries.


The conference will consist of three parallel sessions: presentations, the hands-on workshops on epoline? and esp@cenet? to try out the European Patent Office’s online products and services for themselves, as well as seminars on the patent granting procedure. All run separately in English, French and German by experienced EPO specialists.


Delegates will be able to choose the workshops, seminars, and discussion groups dealing with a wide spectrum of innovation issues in information technology. 

The conference will be of particular interest to patent applicants, attorneys, their administrative staff and others involved in the protection of Intellectual Property Rights.


The press conference will be formally opened at 12.30 by Mr. Alain Pompidou, President of the European Patent Office.

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Press Conference:

Date: 23 November 2005

Time: 12.30

Venue: Athenaeum InterContinental Athens;

89-93 Syngrou Avenue

; 117 45 Athens

Registration for journalists:


Media Contact:

Marta Czerniawska


Rue Wiertz, 50/28

B-1050 Brussels, Belgium

Tel.: +32 (0)2 401 61 47

Fax: +32 (0)2 401 68 68





Mr. Tim Sebastian, Journalist, BBC World, UK

Mr. Dimitris Sioufas, Greek minister of development

Mr. Alain Pompidou, President of the European Patent Office

Mr. Athanassios Kaissis, President Administrative Council of the Greek Industrial Property Organisation

Mr. John Bambridge, Director of epoline?, European Patent Office

Mr. Bo-G?ran Wallin, European patent attorney, Awapatent AB

Mr. Albert Wiedemann, European patent attorney, Siemens AG

Mr. David Rickard, European patent and trade mark attorney, iPulse

Mr. Carl Bildt, Former Swedish prime minister

Mr. Ioannis A. Tsoukalas, Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Mr. Ivan Burnside, European patent counsel, Eli Lilly and Company

Mrs. Georgina Howard, Patent administrator, Eli Lilly and Company

Mrs. Shirin Elahi, Project leader, EPO Scenarios for the Future project

Mr. Alessandro Orsi, Senior counsel, IP, Hewlett-Packard

Mr. Ignatius K. Leong, EMEA supervisor, IP, Hewlett-Packard

Mr. Charilaos Katsichtis, Sale Manager, ARGO S.A.

Mr. Manuel Desantes, Vice-President, European Patent Office


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

epoline?: is the brand name given to a number of electronic products and services developed by the EPO for the users of the European patent system. These products and services provide a secure, integrated environment for electronic communication between the EPO, applicants, their representatives and the national patent
offices of the contracting states. Most significantly, epoline? services provide for on-line filing, fee payment and management of deposit accounts, file inspection, and Register enquiries. They offer major advantages over traditional, paper-based transactions in that they provide instant feedback in the form of status information and immediate confirmation of communications to the Office while reducing clerical work and paper handling costs. Online file inspection and the European register of patents are important tools for the interested public and have been designed to increase the visibility of the patenting process in general and the transparency of the European patent grant procedure. 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; Greece (Hellenic Republic); Denmark; Republic of Estonia; Spain; Finland; France; United Kingdom; Hungary; Ireland; Iceland; Italy; Liechtenstein; Lithuania, Luxembourg; Monaco; Netherlands; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Romania; Sweden; Slovenia; Slovak Republic and Turkey.

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