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For the attention of patent information centres (PATLIBS)
PATLIB2016 is an occasion for you to:
with experts from other patent information centres
your contacts with European patent information professionals
experiences and best practices
from one another by exchanging views and thoughts
successful projects and concepts you have implemented
how to reach your clients.
PATLIB2016 is a networking event, so contributions from the
PATLIB centres will make up the core content of the conference. Every delegate should
leave the conference inspired by new ideas and concepts.
The members of the PATLIB2016
Programme Committee are working hard to ensure that PATLIB2016 corresponds
to your needs and expectations. They have identified three main topics which they
feel are essential to the daily work of patent information centres and which
contribute to the goal of "PATLIBs serving innovation".
Call for abstracts
Topic 1: Designing, tailoring and delivering PATLIB
Driven by evolutions in technology and changing user
demands, PATLIBs need to expand and adapt the services they offer. If you have
developed services addressing the particular needs of a specific group of your
clients, PATLIB2016 is THE platform to present your approach to your
colleagues. In addition to a description of the service, your proposal may
explain what triggered the creation of the new service, which particular
customer needs are met, which tools you use to offer the service, which
obstacles you faced when introducing the service, and what feedback you have received
from the customers.
Examples of presentations:
Tell us about your
work with university inventions and patent information requirements.How do you address students, scientific
researchers and university professors? Do you assist in technology transfer
activities? How do you manage technology transfer from a university to a business
environment? Do you help with the drafting of licensing agreements? How can
incentive systems at universities promote innovation? Can you present specific examples
or case studies from your practice?
Let us know how you assist
SMEs evaluate and value their IP. Which tools do you use? How do you help SMEs
understand and interpret the result?
How do your IP-related
services help start-ups and SMEs to grow? Do you advise them on IP policies and
IP strategies? How do you assist SMEs to integrate IP into their business
strategies? Are you involved in IP market place activities or IP insurance
Do you offer services related to counterfeiting,
enforcement and piracy of IPRs?
How do you tackle open
innovation issues?Which trends are
you observing in this area?Do you
deal with non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) or non-circumvention agreements (NCAs)?
Do you serve public or
governmental institutions, for example by providing them with patent statistics
and IP analyses, e.g. for a particular region? Are you involved in publicly
funded innovation support programmes, for example by evaluating funding requests
with regard to intellectual property rights?
If you provide
services to different target groups, explain how you tailor them, depending on
the group and on the specific customer.
Have you developed
alternative ways of training specific target groups on IP matters (children,
students, managers, economists, etc)?
Topic 2: Promoting PATLIB services
Promoting PATLIBs and their
services is a recurrent "hot topic" for the PATLIB community. Social media
provide new opportunities. Nevertheless, finding sufficient resources for
promotional activities is a challenge for many PATLIBs. The presentation and
discussion of smart, resource-saving concepts for PATLIB promotion will
certainly attract many conference participants.
Examples of presentations:
activities have proven to be particularly successful? How do you manage
promotional activities with little budget?
Have you set up your
own webpage? What techniques did you use to ensure that it is as attractive as
possible to your target group, and how did you make it easy to find for people
searching on the Web for the kind of services you offer?
What content do you
transmit via social media?
Do you organise
promotional activities collaboratively within your national PATLIB network, for
example via a common website? How do you involve other innovation support institutions
in the promotion of your centre. Which strategic partners do you work with for
promoting your services?
What do you do to
raise your PATLIB's profile? How do you collaborate with your national office?
How do you promote IP as an essential part of the innovation process?
Topic 3: Creating an environment for success
This topic addresses the
institutional set-up and measures which can facilitate PATLIB centres'
sustainability and help them to grow. The audience will be interested in how
PATLIBs have successfully adapted to a changing environment and economic
Examples of presentations:
How do you enhance
your role and visibility within your hosting institution?
Which initiatives help
you to ensure funding for your centre? Do
you make use of European or national funding programmes? How did you introduce
Have you built
networks with other organisations and how do you collaborate with them (for
example patent attorneys, industry associations, etc.)? Do you pursue a task-sharing
model within your national PATLIB network and how is this organised?
How do you manage your
customer relations in practice? Are you using specific tools?
Please read the description of the topics carefully and
contact us if anything is unclear.
Who should respond to the call for abstracts?
If you have completed a project, have gathered experience or
expertise and are able to share the methodology or approach you chose with the
audience, then the Programme Committee would be delighted to receive your
abstract. They are also interested in any proposals that discuss the tools you have
used or developed, the skills you have hired or acquired and, most importantly,
the lessons you have learnt (dos and don'ts), the pitfalls you identified and
the benefits you drew.
If some of your projects or activities are still in the
planning phase or at an early implementation stage, your abstract is less
likely to be selected.
Please also suggest the format you find most suitable to
address and present your proposal to the PATLIB audience (plenary presentation,
breakout group, etc).
Please use the submission form and send your abstract to the PATLIB2016 Programme Committee member responsible for your country before 20 November 2015.