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Monday, 6 November 2017

10.00 - 13.00 hrs

Training 1: Patent analytics
Training 2: Searching and monitoring in Espacenet
Training 3: Understanding patent families

14.00 - 17.00 hrs

Training 4: Citation analysis and OECD patent quality indicators
Training 5: Boolean and beyond - command line searching in EPO tools
Training 6: Legal event data: seeing the trees in the wood

17.00 - 19.00 hrs

Welcome drink in the exhibition area 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

09.00 - 10.30 hrs

Plenary presentation
An in-depth look at the European Patent Register
Yolanda Sánchez García, EPO

Discussion round 1
Is white spot analysis increasingly important in today's patent information work?

Discussion round 2
Freedom-to-operate: what does the client expect from the patent searcher?

Discussion round 3
Accessing court decisions on patents – what are the best resources and how does ECLI help?

Discussion round 4
Monitoring and alerting – what are today's unanswered challenges?

10.45 - 12.15 hrs

Plenary presentation
Espacenet New – a look at the Espacenet of the future
Roland Feinäugle, EPO

Discussion round 5
Legal event codes and the WIPO standard on legal status data for patents: quo vadis?

Discussion round 6
Patent information in the innovation process – role of the patent searcher?

Discussion round 7
Are visual analytics the next breakthrough in big data?

Discussion round 8
Patent evaluation tools – an exchange of views

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 Nikol Stankulova

Welcome addresses by

  • Official representative of host nation 
  • Benoît Battistelli, President of the European Patent Office 
  • Petko Nikolov, President of the Bulgarian Patent Office

Keynote speech

Our profession in control of its own future
Dietmar Pressner, Global Vice President for Intellectual Property, Royal DSM N.V.

19.00 - 23:00 hrs

Conference dinner

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

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

How patent information supports innovation – a recent survey by the EPO
Heiko Wongel, EPO

Unitary patent and Unified Patent Court – what patent searchers need to know
Yolanda Sanchéz García and Hans-Christian Haugg, EPO

12.30 - 14.00 hrs


14.00 - 15.30 hrs

Linking patent data with other data sources
Ilja Rudyk and Geert Boedt, EPO

Linking patent with science data for collaboration spotting, a generic visual analytics platform developed at CERN
Jean-Marie Le Goff, CERN

Competitive analysis of IP professionals based on patent data
Lutz Maicher, Fraunhofer IMW Competitive Intelligence 

15.30 - 16.00 hrs

Coffee break

16.00 - 18.00 hrs

Challenges and opportunities of multimedia information retrieval 
Stefan Rüger, Knowledge Media Institute, Open University

Machine translation: searching and understanding the world of patent information
Ian Wetherbee, Google

Enriching patent search by external keywords: a feasibility study
Galia Angelova, Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

“As we may search” – the impact of technical change on the role of the human searcher
Stephen Adams, Magister Ltd

Thursday, 9 November 2017

09.00 - 11.00 hrs

Claims interpretation – tips for FTO searches
Ben Appleton, Wilson Gunn

Patent searcher and patent attorney – an inseparable team
Andreas Feichtner, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH

Dead, alive – or in the twilight zone? How to search and interpret information on the status of Asian patents
Jürgen Mühl, EPO

So many references, so little time – freedom-to-operate opinions and China’s avalanche of patents
Thomas Moga, LeClairRyan Attorneys

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
Linus Wretblad, Uppdragshuset and outgoing President of the Confederacy of European Patent Information User Groups (CEPIUG)

Announcement: EPO Patent Information Conference 2018

Closing remarks by the EPO

14.00 - 17.00 hrs

Training 7: Patent information from ASEAN region - Patent systems, search and documentation
Training 8: The European Patent Register as a source of legal status information

Super-workshop for power users

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