Many things can motivate a blogger to set aside what they are doing and begin to pen a blogpost. It may be excitement about a judgment that has just come out, enthusiasm about a new legal development, or interest piqued by a news item. Sometimes, it is grumpiness. This is one such time.
The IPKat wants to know what on earth the EPO is doing lavishing such resources on such an event.
Article 4(3) of the European Patent Convention states that:
The task of the Organisation shall be to grant European patents. This shall be carried out by the European Patent Office supervised by the Administrative Council.
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The European Patent Office does many laudable things that do relate to its task assigned by Treaty of granting European patents. The development of electronic registers, online access to prosecution files, development of patent databases and search tools, and pioneering work on online filing systems. And of course training in respect of all of these. These activities are to be lauded and welcomed.
The European Inventor Award is at best an expensive distraction, and at worse a dangerous compromise of principle.
As ever, the IPKat welcomes comments from our readers, and to this end a poll has been arranged on the sidebar to coincide with this post, where readers can express their own view of the European Inventor Award. The IPKat looks forward to hearing your views.