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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.
Tutorials, are shorter, lasting only 40 minutes. They give delegates a brief, but very focussed insight into specific topics.
Except for a super-workshop for expert users which is planned for Thursday, 6 November, all discussion rounds and tutorials will take place on Tuesday, 4 November 2014.
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||
Future perspectives for the EPO's legal status products
|Discussion round 2
Mobile apps for patent searching?
|Discussion round 3||
Communicating patent information to the board of directors
|Discussion round 4||
Linking patent data into the Web - what lessons can be learnt from the prototype the EPO has made available?
|10.45 - 12.15 hrs|
|Discussion round 5||Preparing (for) the next generation of patent searchers - is the right training available?
What will be expected from the next generation patent information professionals? In what ways can the profession be made more attractive? Will the introduction of a certification scheme be sufficient or should more be done? How should future entrants into the field be trained to gain the knowledge they need, and what is the best way to divide the training responsibilities between the patent offices, educational institutions and commercial sector?
|Discussion round 6||CPC - is it living up to users' expectations?
The Cooperative Patent Classification entered into force at the beginning of 2013, revisions to the CPC have taken place regularly ever since. The USPTO is in its transition period and has also started using and classifying according to the CPC. A number of other countries, such as China, Korea, Brazil, Russia and several EPO member states are also taking up the CPC. So what questions are still open?
|Discussion round 7||Using patent statistics in your daily work
Patent statistics have widely been perceived as specific to the field of economics. However, they are also becoming more and more important for IP professionals in companies, patent law offices and academic institutions who have to cope with the ever increasing number of patent documents in their field of activity and who want to achieve a competitive advantage. This discussion round will look at good practices and situations where patent statistics can be used.
||Global dossier (10.45 – 11.25 hrs)
Speakers: Heiko Wongel/Christine Kämmer
Global Dossier is an IP5 initiative that aims to bring together all the public documents in the files for the IP5 members of a patent family. By autumn 2014, a first version of the Global Dossier will be available. This tutorial will present the new system and look at the documents users can find, explaining what they mean.
||Common Citation Document (11.35 – 12.15 hrs)
Speaker: Nigel Clarke
Common Citation Document (CCD) brings together the citations for entire families of patent applications. Initiated by the IP5 offices, it is now available as part of Espacenet. Learn more about the CCD in the in-depth session.
There is space for between about 30 participants in each discussion round or tutorial. 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 or tutorial.
During the final two weeks leading up to the conference, any remaining places in the discussion rounds or tutorials will be filled by taking into account registrants' second and third choices.
Are you interested in being a discussion round chairman? Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.