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Re-orientation of patent information centres – project results

Between November 2010 and November 2013, the EPO conducted a pilot project with the aim of re-orienting patent information centres. Seventeen PATLIB centres from eleven countries (CZ, EE, ES, FI, FR, IT, LV, PL, RO, SK, TR) took part in the project, the main achievement of which was: 

  • a sophisticated state-of-the-art search that focuses on technical information.
    The key element of this service is an explanatory search report that helps users to better understand the search result and facilitates their business decisions. More than 1100 search reports were delivered during the project, and the vast majority of users rated the service as very good and extremely relevant for their business activities.

Other services developed were:

  • regular patent monitoring
  • assessment of the economic value of inventions
  • IP audits
  • user training

As sectors that tend to lack the means of exploiting the patent system, academia and SMEs benefitted in particular from the project, thanks to the wider range of patent-related innovation support services on offer. The project also provided support for the professional development of staff in the participating centres.

The EPO plans to introduce the most successful services developed in the project on a wide scale to all interested members of the European PATLIB network as from the beginning of 2015.

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