Bilaterial Co-operation Agreement signed with France
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The EPO and the French National Industrial Property Office (INPI) have signed a three-year bilateral co-operation plan. The agreement, which provides a framework for collaboration in areas such as IT projects and training, was signed by EPO President Benoît Battistelli and INPI Director General Romain Soubeyran in Munich yesterday.
"I am very pleased to sign this agreement, which builds on the fruitful and longstanding co-operation we have with the French IP office," said Mr Battistelli. "It will enable us to more efficiently exchange tools and best practices to better serve innovative companies and inventors in France and Europe."
Mr Soubeyran agreed and added that "in the interest of the users of the patent system, INPI values the complementarity and interoperability of the French and European services, made possible and strengthened through our bilateral co-operation."
The co-operation plan covers a range of activities including training and events, exchange of best practice in patent examination, online filing, e-learning, IP diagnostics and access to post-grant legal status information through the Federated Register.
France is a founding member of the European Patent Organisation, which has grown from 7 countries in 1977 to 38 member states today.