Monday, 7 November 2016

10.00 - 13.00 hrs

Training 1: The European Patent Register and its services (Federated Register, Global Dossier) as source of legal status information
Training 2: Understanding patent families at the EPO

14.00 - 17.00 hrs

Training 3: Patent information from the BRICS countries
Training 4: Patent searching in Espacenet – tips and tricks for becoming an expert user
Training 5: Patent analytics

17.30 - 19.00 hrs

Welcome drink in the exhibition area 

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

09.00 - 10.30 hrs

Plenary presentation
Cosmology connections and communication
Nigel Clarke, EPO

Discussion round 1
Search strategies - what are we learning from the EPO's pilot project?
Discussion round 2
Harmonising and simplifying legal status codes
Discussion round 3
Open data in patents - recent developments in Europe and beyond

Discussion round 4
What's the importance of patent indicators in patent valuation?

10.45 - 12.15 hrs

Plenary presentation
Getting started with PATSTAT Online
Geert Boedt, EPO

Discussion round 5
Linking patent data and business data - why do it, and what are the hurdles?

Discussion round 6
Are data protection issues hampering our access to patent information?

Discussion round 7
Freedom-to-operate: what does the client expect from the patent searcher?

Discussion round 8
Patent information from Asia – still the challenge it used to be?

12.00 - 13.30 hrs


13.30 - 15.00 hrs

Short exhibitor presentations

15.00 hrs

Coffee break

15.30 hrs

Official opening

hosted by Adela Ucar

Welcome addresses by

  • José María Jover, Under-Secretary of Industry, Energy and Tourism and President of the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office
  • Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office
  • Patricia García-Escudero, Director General of the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office

Keynote speech I
Return on Innovation - trends in ICT sector and transparency of patent data.
Luis Ignacio Vicente del Olmo, Manager and Head of Patent Office at Telefonica, Spain

Keynote speech II
Industry 4.0 and its impact on the patent system
Grant Philpott, Principal Director, EPO

19.30 hrs

Networking event at Platea Madrid

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

09.00 - 10.00 hrs

Short exhibitor presentations

10.00 - 11.00 hrs

Richard Flammer, Principal Director, EPO

EPO product news
EPO's expert team

11.00 - 11.30 hrs

Coffee break

11.30 - 12.30 hrs

Monitoring and alerting
The challenge of keeping up to date
Arndt Mecke, Siemens

Focus on citations
Taking citations a step further - advanced patent analysis with citations 
Christian Soltmann, EPO

12.30 - 14.00 hrs


14.00 - 15.30 hrs

Patent information from Spain and Latin America

A user's view of the technological services of the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office: free-of-charge services
Beatriz Palomo. Project Manager Spanish Bioindustry Association (ASEBIO)

A user's view of the technological services of the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office: paid services
Javier Etxabe. Head of IP Rights and Promotion of Technology-based Companies Unit, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Quality at source: Spanish data from 1826
Maria Rosa Carreras, Spanish Patent and Trademark Office

Blanca Vila. Head of Documentation and Searches Area, Spanish Patent and Trademark Office

Patent systems in Latin America - a guide for patent searchers
Enrique Astiz, Industrial Property Agent, Consultant at Clarke, Modet & Cº, President of the Spanish Association of Industrial Property Agents

15.30 - 16.00 hrs

Coffee break

16.00 - 18.00 hrs

The beauty of full text
Full-text searching - pleasures and pitfalls
Maddy Marley, GSK

Semantic search - what is it and will it ever come?
Mihai Lupu, Technical University of Vienna

The EPO perspective on semantic search 
Kevin Douglas, Principal Director, EPO

White spot analysis - the potential of patent analysis in invention development processes
Yvonne Wich, Fraunhofer Institute

Thursday, 10 November 2016

09.00 - 11.00 hrs

Legal status
News on the European Patent Register and the future register of unitary protection
Yolanda Sanchéz García, EPO

The strategic use of legal status patent information - the practitioner's perspective
Tobias Wuttke, Meissner Bolte

What is necessary for a good freedom-to-operate search?
Susanne Hantos, Davies Collison Cave

Special topic
Uses of patent Information in early-stage technology development
Tom Hockaday, Technology Transfer Innovation

11.00 - 11.30 hrs

Coffee break

11.30 - 13.00 hrs

Summaries of the discussion rounds by the chairmen

A personal view of the conference by the conference rapporteur
Bernd Wolter, Siemens AG

Announcement: EPO Patent Information Conference 2017

Closing remarks by the EPO

14.00 - 17.00 hrs

Training 6: Essentials of patent documentation from Asia
Training 7: Patstat Online

Super-workshop for power users

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