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Promoting an unified market for innovation and technology in Europe: European Patent Convention celebrates 40th anniversary

At a celebration attended by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, the European Patent Office today marked the 40th anniversary of the European Patent Convention (EPC). On 5 October 1973, the EPC was signed in Munich, establishing a legal framework for the transnational grant of patents in Europe. The Convention was inspired by the […]

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European Commission

Chill a drink in 45 seconds

Over the long hot summer many of us reached for a cold drink. But what is the financial and environmental cost of our demand for cool drinks? Rapidcool, an innovative project supported by European Union research funding, aims at reducing the energy requirements for cooling drinks at the point of sale, saving retailers’ money and ultimately […]

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European Commission

3D printing technology goes from clinic to catwalk

Dutch designer Iris van Herpen unveiled a new piece at the Paris Fashion Week for Haute Couture created using 3D printing technology from Belgian company Materialise. The design was made using a cutting-edge application of the technology, which is creating a small revolution in fashion and design in the same way that it has already […]