Patent information centres (PATLIB)


What are PATLIBs

If you lack the time, resources or experience to dedicate to patent searching or strategy, your local patent information centre can almost certainly help. The PATLIB directory is available in our Single Access Portal.

Find your nearest PATLIB centre

Porto Paper

At the PATLIB Summit in 2019, representatives of patent information ("PATLIB") centres from across Europe adopted a set of recommendations – in a document called the Porto Paper – aimed at boosting the EPO's support for the PATLIB network

Download Porto Paper

More on PATLIBs

They are often referred to as "PATLIB centres", standing for PATent LIBrary. However, not all PATLIB centres are actually libraries.

Where are they located?

There are over 300 patent information centres spread regionally across the EPO's member states.

PATLIB centres provide local access to patent information and related issues. They are familiar with the local industrial, economic and business landscape, and provide valuable services to entrepreneurs, SMEs, private inventors and students.

What services do they provide?

Many PATLIB centre employees are experienced patent search experts. They may also offer other patent information services. These can include:

  • technology and competitor watches
  • patent statistics
  • patent valuation/audits
  • advice on patent strategy
  • guidance on commercialisation/technology transfer.

PATLIB centres can also provide practical assistance on other intellectual property rights.

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