The EPO actively supports the PATLIB network as part of its co-operation roadmap, which governs co-operation activities with the national patent offices in the member states.
Support for PATLIB centres aims at extending the range and quality of services offered to the users of the patent system by
Via the national offices, the EPO:
The PATLIB directory provides members of the public with the contact details and information on the service portfolio of each individual PATLIB centre.
The PATLIB conference is an annual event which was established to provide unique training opportunities and a forum for the staff of regional patent information centres to communicate with one another and to work together on issues of common interest.
conference follows an "alternating" concept:
in even-numbered years (2012, 2014, etc), the conference is a networking event, focussing on projects run in various PATLIB centres, and it takes place in a different member state each time, always in co-operation with the national patent office of the host country. In odd-numbered years (2011, 2013, etc), the conferences is a training event being held at one of the EPO sites.