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ICT - the EPO responds to the challenges of technological developments

Attending CeBIT 2017 in Hannover? Then come and visit the European Patent Office's ICT experts at our booth!

Patents are a controversial topic in ICT, but they play an important role. Whatever your views on patents, if you work in an innovative field, you need to know about them.

If you can understand the pros and cons about patenting versus secrecy or an open-source approach, or the interaction between standards and patents, you will be in a better position to take the right strategic decisions for your innovations. And if you know where to find information on other people's patents, you will be able to use that information to your advantage.

The European Patent Office at CeBIT
20-24 March 2017
Hall 6 / E 25

Hannover, Germany

Make an appointment to speak to an EPO expert on ICT now

A special message for IP professionals:

Responding to the technical convergence of the Computer and Telecommunications industries, with the creation of a new ICT team, the EPO has brought together into one unit the EPO's entire competence and specialisations in Telecommunications and Computers. Bundling together its technological and legal knowledge in converging technologies across a wide range of ICT matters such as computer-implemented inventions and specific topics like IT security, standard essential patents and Human Computer Interaction, the service offered by the EPO can be considered best-in-class, providing true value to applicants, industry and the public.

Why choose the EPO for ICT patent applications:

  • All the needed expertise is concentrated and available
  • Consistent approach to CII and Business Methods
  • Unique collections of standards documentation for the best prior art searches

Some examples of ICT inventions presented at the European Inventor Award:

ARM processor
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The microprocessor