Speaking today at the European Patent Forum in Prague, EPO President Alison Brimelow stated that to descibe current application trends at the office as "bumpy" would be to use traditional British understatement.
＜中略＞I asked her whether the EPO had any plans to revise its budget and/or cut back on spending - something that has happened in a number of other registries over the last few months as applications have fallen. Her answer was no. Financially, the office actually performed better in the first quarter of 2009 than had been forecast (although the figures are still negative). This was as a consequence of improved production among examiners and tight cost control, Brimelow explained. She also observed that unlike most national registries the EPO does not handle trademark applications, which are much more volatile than those for patents. "We have ridden out other recessions and we are in this for the long-term," she said. "We take a prudent approach to managing the EPO and that is how we are hoping to see ourselves through these uncertain times."