Marios Sideris, EPO and Christopher Kim, USPTO
The Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) came into effect in January 2013. It replaced the ECLA classification scheme at the EPO and the US classification scheme at the USPTO. This change affected everyone who uses classifications in their patent searching. The presentation will outline the major developments in the CPC area 9 months after its introduction as well as its impact on the international community. Finally, the transition to CPC in the EPO and the USPTO will be presented.
Jutta Haußer, Christine Kämmer, EPO
In this session, we will highlight some of the recent developments in patent information from Asia, mainly from Japan, China, Korea and Chinese Taipei. We will provide you with updates on the availability of Asian patent data, including legal status and English machine translations. Some of the recent and upcoming changes in the patent legislation and other patent-related news from the region will also be included. In addition, you will hear more about the EPO's services with respect to Asian patent information.
Susanne Hantos, Senior Associate, Davies Collison Cave and President of the Patent Information Users' Group
One only needs to read the news headlines to see that the cost of patent infringement can hamper if not cripple a business. What is at stake here, and how does an organisation determine if it is free to operate in the marketplace? This presentation will explain the reasons why reliable legal status information is critical to sound decision making at a strategic level, and discuss the risks at play. It will look at the legal status data available today and define "must have" requirements for the future, as well as provide some thoughts on the roles of patent offices, governments and the commercial sector in delivering legal status information to enable organisations to make better strategic business decisions.
Mario Moretti Polegato, President of GEOX
Mario Moretti Polegato started his journey with patents with his first filing in 1989. After unsuccessful attempts to find a licensee for his invention, Mr Polegato created GEOX and built a brand based on his patented idea. Today, GEOX is a household name around the world, famous for its shoes with breathable soles. This talk will describe how patents have been a constant companion on the way to success, how they were at times a good companion and at times a challenge, and provide food for thought for anyone else thinking about embarking on a similar journey.
Frédéric Caillaud, founding member, Licensing Executive Society
The European Knowledge Transfer Society is a brand new European association established to increase the standard and recognition of the KT professionals across Europe. In order to do so, EuKTS is starting to accredit high quality training and will provide certification to future (and existing) KT professionals. Benefits for the companies will be discussed.
Gerben Gieling, Synthon BV
Starting with a user's wish list when and how to access legal status, this presentation comes to a definition of what information we would like to have available and a proposal how to organise it. In addition, some positive and negative examples of interfaces will be shown.
Kristin Whitman, Landon IP
Patent legal status is mysterious, fragmented, and ever-changing, and it may well be the most challenging aspect of patent information. The current sources of legal status information are imperfectly understood due to both lack of coverage documentation, and the difficulty of comparing and interpreting legal status items in a multi-national environment. Advancing our knowledge of this key data is becoming more crucial, as commercial patent search products continue to develop more search functionality around possibly flawed or misleading legal status data.
Heiko Wongel, EPO
For many years, the only way of giving comprehensive access to large collections of legal status data was to collect the data from the different sources and to store it in a single database. Today, many data suppliers have installed web services and open data access to their data, giving us new ways of delivering legal status information to the end user. The EPO's Federated Register project is one example of a service that makes use of state-of-the-art technology to deliver data from distributed sources to the user via a unified interface. What are the pros and cons of this principle? Will it enhance the user experience and can it eventually replace the "data collection" model? This presentation raises some of the questions that the subsequent panel discussion will pick up.
Loredana Guglielmetti, Head of Division XI, DGFC-ITPO
Professor Maurizio Sobrero, University of Bologna
Enrico Forti, University of Bologna
PatIris is a web-based tool offering data and dynamic reports on the patenting activity of the Italian public research institutions. The list of monitored institutions is based on the official information reported by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (www.miur.it) and consists of 96 institutions. Using Orbit and considering the problem that each institution has many name variants that make analysis and research difficult and costly, the PatIris team proceeded incrementally with the goal of identifying all the observable name variations. The final database contains all name variants observed on the patent matched with the ‘normal' name listed on www.miur.it.
In the spirit of open data, the results of the disambiguation work carried out within the PatIris project is made available to a widest number of stakeholders as the data provider (Questel Orbit) implemented the normalised names directly in the master database.
Alessandro Piras (chairman of AIDB - Italian Patent Information Users Group), Guido Moradei (patent analyst - Quaestio srl)
The speech focuses on what is the "Made in Italy", SMEs' and major players' role in the innovation process and how Italian creativity is protected. The analysis of the patenting activities in Italy shows that from 1999 to 2012 about 134 300 patent applications were filed at the Italian DGLC-UIBM and, in the same time, almost 52 200 European patent applications were published by EPO, that had at least one Italian applicant. Bibliographic data, texts and legal status of these patent documents can be accessed by combining the use of different tools and databases.
The presentation will provide a short overview about the territorial distribution and the technological profile of patents in Italy, highlighting the results of the "Patents Trademarks and Design Observatory" realised by Unioncamere and Dintec. The speech will introduce to the Italian tools available online and describe the role of the national institutions involved (UIBM and the Italian Chambers of Commerce). It is expected also to provide a series practical tips how to get information about the existing IP and their status.
Pierre Treichel, EPO
In 2012, EU member states and the European Parliament agreed on the “patent package” – a legislative initiative consisting of two regulations and an international agreement, laying grounds for the creation of unitary patent protection in the EU. Following the adoption of the two regulations in December 2012, the contracting member states will proceed with the signature and ratification of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court, setting up a single and specialised patent jurisdiction. Once the agreement enters into force and the regulations become applicable, it will be possible to obtain a European patent with unitary effect at the EPO – a legal title ensuring uniform protection for an invention across 25 member states on a one-stop shop basis, providing huge cost advantages and reducing administrative burdens. The unitary patent will be administered by the EPO, which will be performing additional tasks such as receiving requests for unitary effect, keeping a register for unitary patent protection, collecting/distributing the single renewal fees etc.
Jeremy Scott, EPO
No one can deny the explosion of patent applications in Asia over the past 15 years. With today's application becoming tomorrow's prior art, the EPO has needed to be very active to ensure it deals with this documentation as professionally as it does with the rest of the prior art. Historically, the EPO has dealt well with applications from Japan, but has had to rapidly assimilate ways to handle Chinese and Korean prior art. The speech will focus on the completeness of database coverage; different ways of accessing Asian documents; translation tools; knowledge transfer in the examiner community. It will also look at the results this work has yielded.
Marjolaine Thulin, AWAPATENT
Using European patent post-grant data gives another dimension to landscaping a technical area - where are the strong patents, the ones that are challenged, the ones that are kept alive? It is however a challenging task. What data are in fact available and how searchable are they? How does the historical evolution of the EPC system influence the results - new member states added over time, changes in designation fee rates and policy, EPC 2000, the London Agreement, and in the near future the European patent with unitary effect? In this presentation these aspects will be discussed using a case study as an example.
Jane List, Extract Information
This talk is concerned with what happens when you have completed the search, completed the initial technical and legal status analysis, and identified some patents which you need to check are still in force. Have the fees been paid? If so, when must the next fees be paid? If not: – could the patent be restored? What is the window of uncertainty, before you can safely say Patent Expired Due to Non-Payment of Maintenance Fees. This is an important problem for patent information users. Patents which have expired for whatever reason can be considered as part of the public domain and therefore present no commercial barrier. How long should you wait before considering you are free to use the technology? Some cases will be provided, together with some sources for this type of information In addition to post grant fee payment issues, monitoring patents as they pass through national phase, examination and opposition proceedings, can also involve long waits for published information. Of course – when it’s your own patent you may be glad of that breathing space between Alive and Dead. But that’s a different story.
Thomas Lorenz, BASF SE. President of the Patent Documentation Group
The presentation will provide examples of the involvement of user groups to further develop the patent information system and shows how crucial this is for the progress made in this field. Legal status data have climbed up the priority list of conferences and meetings in the information community, several topical issues will be discussed and an outlook will be given.