Voir l’avis de l’OEB http://www.epo.org/topics/news/2009/20090317.html
Et le commentaire de IAM Blog:
It is now harder to get a European patent than at any time since the EPO opened for business back in 1978. According to a press release yesterday, the approval rate for European patent applications in 2008 dropped to 49.5%. In 2007, the figure stood at 51%. It means that approval rates at all three Trilateral offices (the EPO, the JPO and the USPTO) are now below 50% (in Japan it is 48.9% and in the US it is 44%).