Go-slow at patent office puts inventions on hold

Go-slow at patent office puts inventions on hold


By Barry Fox OLD ideas and inventions could be mistakenly granted European patents unless examiners’ workloads are reduced, according to the staff union at the European Patent Office. EPO examiners say they now have to process so many applications that they can no longer do their jobs properly and have begun industrial action in a bid to get staffing levels increased. The examiners at the EPO’s head office in Munich and branch offices in the Hague, Berlin and Vienna staged warning strikes earlier this year,
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