Discussion rounds

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The discussion rounds at the conference are your chance to get involved and help the EPO to set its priorities for European patent information in future.

Except for a super-workshop for expert users which is planned for 12 November, all discussion rounds and tutorials will take place on 10 November 2015.

IMPORTANT! Pre-registration is required for the discussion rounds and tutorials.

Every conference delegate is entitled to participate in one discussion round or tutorial (depending on seat availability). To register, please use the online form. We will not grant admission to people who have not registered in advance.

09.00 - 10.30 hrs
Discussion round 1

Big data, linked data, linking data: what's the difference, and what role do patents play in them?

Big data" is on everyone's lips these days, it seems. Patent information is "big data", but unlike many other forms of big data, it is well-structured and could therefore be a good candidate for linking with other data collections. This discussion round will ask how patent data can be linked to other data to bring added value for users.

Discussion round 2

What training does the future patent information professional need?

Training and continuous professional development are important features of any career. What learning experiences do patent information professionals require to ensure a steady growth of knowledge and skills in line with the needs of their employers and the patent information market? How can the various players meet these needs?

Discussion round 3

Patent monitoring – the new challenge as data quantities increase?

Regular watch services often make up a substantial part of a patent searcher's work. With ever more data available and the relentless growth in the number and complexity of patent publications, the task of filtering out the important documents from the rest is becoming a big challenge. What are the major hurdles to a good patent monitoring service? What are the trends? What can the EPO, other patent offices and database hosts do to help?

Discussion round 4

Meaningful patent visualisation and name harmonisation – current practice and trends

Patent visualisation and name harmonisation are important components of patent analysis work. Much has been done in both areas in recent years. This session will take stock of recent developments, try to identify current practice and discuss possible directions for the future.

10.45 - 12.15 hrs
Discussion round 5

Global Dossier and the Federated Register – what next?

The EPO reached two milestones on the past twelve months with regard to the services available through the European Patent Register: "Global Dossier" offers access to file wrappers from China, Japan and Korea (with the US to follow any time soon), and the "Federated Register" brings together data on a European patent from across the member states of the European Patent Organisation. With these achievements now implemented, what should the next priority be for the European Patent Register? 

Discussion round 6

CPC – can users contribute to its evolution?

The Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) has been in operation since 1 January 2013. The EPO and USPTO are the administrators of the system, but many other patent offices already use it to classify their publications, and the number is growing. Mechanisms are gradually coming into place for these “third party” offices to propose adjustments and modifications to the CPC scheme. As the number of people outside patent offices who use the CPC for their searching continues to increase, so does their expertise in the scheme. This session will discuss how they might contribute to its evolution in future.

Discussion round 7

Patent valuation – current practice and trends

High attendances at presentations on patent valuation are evidence enough of a growing interest in this complex field. This session will examine what's on offer on the market, where gaps still exist and aim to identify current practice. The results should help as inspiration for decisions on the direction the EPO should take for its own patent valuation tool IPscore.

Discussion round 8

SPCs and paediatric extensions – what data is available and where?

Supplementary protection certificates and paediatric extensions play an important role in the IP landscape for certain industries. This session will be an opportunity to share among participants preferential sources, look at the data available in the INPADOC worldwide legal status databases, and focus on highlighting the most pressing needs. It will then endeavour to identify priorities for future efforts in this area.

Further information on registering for discussion rounds

There is space for about 30 participants in each discussion round. Based on the principle of first-come, first-served, we will place each conference registrant in their first choice. If this is not possible, we'll look for a place in the second choice. We try to avoid placing two participants from one company or organisation in one discussion round.

During the final two weeks leading up to the conference, any remaining places in the discussion rounds will be filled by taking into account registrants' second and third choices.

Discussion round chairmen

Are you interested in chairing a discussion round? Please write to conference@epo.org.

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