The United Nations has designated 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) with the theme: "Chemistry - our life, our future". During the IYC 2011, people around the globe will celebrate the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind.

As part of the activities being organised worldwide for this event, the European Patent Office (EPO) is participating in workshops in a number of countries to increase awareness of intellectual property in the field of chemistry. The workshop will cover topics including commercialisation of research, patenting, importance of searching prior art, and managing intellectual property, with particular reference to the field of chemistry.

European Patent Office,