Celebration of the 40th anniversary of epi

M. Névant (FR)

A day before the 84th Council meeting took place a meeting was held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our Institute. The event which was moderated by our President, Francis Leyder, featured distinguished speakers.

Mr. Battistelli, the President of the European Patent Office, was given the floor first. Mr. Battistelli gave a presentation on the latest developments at the EPO, and stressed how important the relationship and cooperation between the epi and the EPO had been over the years.

The floor was next given to Mr. Warr, the Director General of Commerce of the Maltese government. Mr. Warr gave a presentation on the changes in IP law having taken place in Malta since the country joinied the EU in 2004.

Mr. Duran, the Chair of the epi Reporting Group, then gave some highlights on the role of epi and presented the reforms undergone the past 3 years as a result of decisions taken by the epi Council.

Finally the floor was given to Ms. Augustyniak who qualified as professional representative 3 years ago and was then part of the Candidate Support Project. Ms. Augustyniak gave her views on i.a. (continued) education and IP awareness, and on the future of epi.

A gala dinner was organized to conclude the day, during which Mr. Leyder, Mr. Battistelli and Mr. Cardona (the Maltese minister of economy) gave speeches. Pictures of the event are included below.