EPO continues to foster European innovation


epoline® Annual Conference in Salzburg to examine role for patents in the knowledge economy

Munich/The Hague - The European Patent Office's epoline® Annual Conference will take place in Salzburg, Austria, on 23-24 November 2004. This year's conference will highlight patents in the context of European innovation policy supporting the Lisbon process to make Europe the most competitive economy in the world by 2010. Intellectual property related to most aspects of information technology will be addressed within the Conference theme "IT meets IP – supporting innovation".

A well-developed patent culture is a key element in the knowledge society with a view to sustaining innovation and promoting economic growth. epoline®, the EPO's electronic business interface, facilitates access to the European patent granting procedure as well as the dissemination of technical knowledge divulged in patents across Europe and beyond.

The service also plays an increasing communication role in innovation networks where scientists meet business, creating a climate conducive to enhanced investment, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Through epoline® the European Patent Office has taken the lead in the development of interactive services and set a world standard in the field of intellectual property.

The newly elected President of the EPO, Mr. Alain Pompidou, and the President of the Austrian Patent Office, Mr. Hermann Weber, will open the conference. Delegates will be able to choose from workshops, seminars, and presentations dealing with a wide spectrum of issues ranging from innovation in information technology to practical electronic tools increasing the efficiency and transparency of the European patent granting procedure.

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