EPOQUE Net: The art of efficient searching - Intermediate level


Start: 01.09.2022
End: 30.11.2022


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This tutored e-learning course is structured around virtual classrooms. Recordings on EPOQUE Net functionalities are made available, and brief examples are provided before the virtual classrooms and discussed during the online sessions with EPO tutors. A forum is offered for further interaction between participants and with tutors.

The main topics covered by the course are:

- use of databases: selection, combination
- syntax: Boolean operators, truncations, data exchanges, memories
- syntax: combination of result sets, search statements and ranks
- syntax, advanced: distance, proximity, exclusions
- relevant bibliographic information: from family members to +Class
- classification symbols – use of relevant fields
- Viewer, basics: working list and navigation
- Viewer: spotting the relevant passages, highlighting, FigureLink
- X-Full, general approach: selecting databases, entering search strings
- X-Full: sorting results
- X-Full: facets

Format: tutored e-learning course. Length: 16 hrs, 6 hrs of lectures, 10 hrs of self-study

Target groups: This seminar is aimed at national patent office examiners.

- entry-level knowledge of searching with EPOQUE Net
- regular access to EPOQUE Net

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Technical requirements and data protection

To attend this online event you need a computer or mobile device with a high-speed internet connection. If using a computer, you can access Zoom from your web browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Chromium (Microsoft) Edge) without downloading any additional software. However, to take advantage of all Zoom features, we recommend installing the Zoom desktop client app on your computer (Windows and Mac versions available).
To join via mobile device, simply download the Zoom mobile app for your iOS or Android device from the App Store or Google Play Store.

We recommend using a headset to enhance your Zoom experience.

Please see the European Patent Office’s Data Protection Statement on processing personal data when using Zoom in virtual events, including oral proceedings by VICO here: https://www.epo.org/about-us/office/data-protection-and-privacy/zoom.html.

Venue details

The online course will be hosted on the Internet and accessible 24/7 from 1 September until mid 2023. The live sessions are scheduled as below (change of dates might occur):

VC(1): 07.09.2022 at 11:00 CEST (GMT +02:00) Central European Summer Time
VC(2): 22.09.2022 at 11:00 CEST
VC(3): 05.10.2022 at 11:00 CEST
VC(4): 20.10.2022 at 11:00 CEST
VC(5): 08.11.2022 at 11:00 CET (GMT +01:00) Central European Time
VC(6): 23.11.2022 at 11:00 CET


European Patent Office

European Patent Academy
Bob-van-Benthem-Platz 1
80469 Munich

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Registration deadline

Deadline for registration is over.