Lack of access to patent advice is a huge problem for start-ups and SMEs in Europe
Written by Daniel van Herck
[Monday, 22 February 2016 14:45]
Monday, 22 February 2016
Lack of access to patent advice is a huge problem for start-ups and SMEs in Europe.
Last week I was at the European Patent Office in The Hague to make a presentation at the annual two-day, DG1 management meeting. This is a get-together of all directors and managers in the office’s operations directorate-general, the one that is responsible for dealing with examinations and oppositions. For the first time, this year a group of outside speakers was invited to attend. Some gave their views on the performance of the office and how it can be improved; while others, such as me, spoke about a few of the key external trends examiners should know about.
My presentation was on the way the patent system can benefit start-ups and SMEs.