Join the President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Benoit Battistelli, in the 2017 Francis Gurry Lecture on Intellectual Property (IP).

While the driving force behind the innovation process is people, patents have an important role to play by opening the door to capital and business partners. A study published last year by the EPO and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) found that more than 40 per cent of total economic activity and over a third of all jobs in the European Union are generated by industries that make above-average use of IP.

The EPO has seen an increasing demand for patents in the past five years – in 2016 alone it received nearly 160 000 applications. The attractiveness of the European patent system for innovators from Australia and elsewhere in the world will increase even further in the coming years, both through the implementation of new Validation Agreements and with the launch of the Unitary Patent system in early 2018.

In this year’s lecture, Mr Battistelli will explain these developments and explore their implications and benefits for Australian innovators.

Event details

This free public lecture will be presented in Sydney and Melbourne and bookings are essential. You can find all the details and register for:

Or you can watch the Melbourne lecture on a live stream.

Mr Benoit Battistelli

4 October 2017