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.

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

INPADOC Legal Status - now called the EPO's worldwide legal status database - has been the foundation for much legal status patent searching for decades and it remains so today. In this interactive session, you will have the chance to shape the future development of the database and its underlying data by answering a series of questions and making some, perhaps difficult, choices. Do we need more countries, or do we need better event coverage for the countries we already include? Is it realistic to expect complete worldwide coverage in a single database? Your input will help the EPO set priorities in balancing growing requirements and limited resources.

Discussion round 2

Mobile apps for patent searching?

What tasks do patent information users need to be able to perform on their tablets and smartphones? What kind of features do they look for in, say, an Espacenet app? What about other patent information tools from the EPO – how suitable are they for mobile devices?

Discussion round 3

Communicating patent information to the board of directors

Patent information is complex. It takes time and concentration to understand the results of a patent search. Members of the board rarely have much time available. What is the best practice, therefore, in tailoring patent information reports for board members, or for fitting patent searching into a company's or organisation's strategic thinking? This discussion round will be in workshop format, with all participants contributing to an exchange of views.

Discussion round 4

Linking patent data into the Web - what lessons can be learnt from the prototype the EPO has made available?

In many respects patent information is still treated as an island in the ocean of information that is available via the Web. Linking that island, via the Web, to other data resources that were not previously linked to it, or lowering barriers for others to link into patent information via the Web presents a technical challenge and a great opportunity for discovering new use cases for patent information. In order to bring the setting for these challenges and opportunities into a more concrete form, the EPO has prototyped a platform to illustrate some key concepts. The EPO’s prototype should serve as a spring board for this discussion round to explore the future direction.

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.
Tutorial 1
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.
Tutorial 2
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.

Further information on registering for discussion rounds and tutorials

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.

Discussion round chairmen

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

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