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A few days back EPO makes it's Strategic Plan 2023 available on its official website. The full document of nearly 138 pages along with its summary document is made available on the website.
“The basic idea behind the EPO's Strategic Plan is to create a roadmap for achieving a more sustainable patent office for Europe, better equipped to succeed in an evolving IP landscape," said EPO President António Campinos. "We intend to be a more adaptable and agile organization that can support inventors everywhere with improved and more responsive services."
However, the Strategic Plan (SP2023) was adopted on the 26th of June 2020 by the EPO's Administrative Council. SP2023 mainly focuses on these five goals:
- Build an engaged, knowledgeable, and collaborative organization: SP2023 deals with several areas that may help its staff to realize their full professional potential and further at various ways of identifying, recruiting, and retaining talent.
- Simplify and modernize EPO IT systems: The plan looks for different ways in which EPO's IT system can be simplified and modernized. This includes a single tool that supports an end-to-end electronic patent granting process. Further, it talks about the investment in prior art databases, having a special focus on Asian documentation and standards.
- Deliver high-quality products and services efficiently: All these initiatives are taken with the aim to guarantee the high standard of EPO products and services and also to include a user-agreed definition of quality keeping side by side a more flexible patent granting process.
- Build a European patent system and network with a global impact: under this initiative Cooperation with all the national patent offices (NPOs) of member states and international partners will be worked upon to strengthen them. The EPO will further review the financial and operational support that it offers with views to encourage greater participation, ensure cost-efficient and timely delivery and maximize the impact of co-operation activities.
- Secure long-term sustainability: the plan however outlines initiatives that will ensure the EPO's financial and environmental sustainability. The EPO wants to come up with platforms like an Observatory where public and private stakeholders could discuss and analyze. It will further set all the clear objectives for reducing its carbon footprint, lowering energy and paper consumption, and eliminating plastics.
This SP2023 was developed in two whole rounds of consultation with various personnel and groups including the 38 EPO member states, patent system users, the public, IP offices, and EPO staff.