The European Patent System: Serving the Global Economy (Melbourne)

Free Public Lecture

The European Patent System: Serving the Global Economy (Melbourne)

Woodward Conference Centre, Level 10
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street


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T: 9035 1111

2017 Francis Gurry Public Lecture

Please note due to personal reasons, the speaker for this event, European Patent Office President, Mr Benoît Battistelli has notified us that he is unable to come to Australia. This lecture will now be delivered by Ms Margot Fröhlinger, Principal Director Unitary Patent, European and International Legal Affairs.

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 European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) found that more than 40% 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 intellectual property.

The European Patent Office 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, the President of the EPO will explain these developments and explore their implications and benefits for Australian innovators.

The Francis Gurry Lecture on Intellectual Property was established by Melbourne Law School, in conjunction with the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia, in 2009. The Lecture is named in honour of the Law School’s distinguished alumnus, Dr Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (2008).

Presented in conjunction with The Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia. Generously supported by IP Australia, AIPPI Australia, FICPI Australia and IPSANZ.


  • Mr Benoît Battistelli