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:
Other services developed were:
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.