After Merpel's news relating to "unrest" at the EPO yesterday (see here), some much less controversial, indeed happy patent news.
|Happy patent-loving kittens|
The DPMA’s press release states:
"As immediate neighbours,
Germanyand Austrianot only have close political relations based on trust but also flourishing economic ties: Germanyis 's most important economic partner. Many German companies have branches and production sites in Austria ," says President Rudloff-Schäffer. "The agreement signed today, which will enable patent applicants to have their applications examined faster by Austria Germany's and Austria's patent offices from 1 June 2014 on, will further promote the economy and innovation in Europe."
More information about the PPH pilot programme should shortly be available via this link (in English).