Monday, 6 November 2017

10.00 - 13.00 hrs

Training 1: Patent analytics

Training 2: Searching and monitoring in Espacenet

Training 3: Understanding patent families

14.00 - 17.00 hrs

Training 4: Citation analysis and OECD patent quality indicators

Training 5: Boolean and beyond - command line searching in EPO tools

Training 6: Legal event data: seeing the trees in the wood

17.00 - 19.00 hrs

Welcome drink in the exhibition area 

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

09.00 - 10.30 hrs

Plenary presentation
An in-depth look at the European Patent Register
Yolanda Sánchez García, EPO
Presentation (PDF, 4 MB)

Discussion round 1
Is white spot analysis increasingly important in today's patent information work?
Summary (1.4 MB)
Report (PDF, 96 KB)

Discussion round 2
Freedom-to-operate: what does the client expect from the patent searcher?
Summary (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Report (PDF, 97 KB)

Discussion round 3
Accessing court decisions on patents – what are the best resources and how does ECLI help?
Summary (PDF, 1.4 MB)
Report (PDF, 221 KB)

Discussion round 4
Monitoring and alerting – what are today's unanswered challenges?
Summary (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Report (PDF, 143 KB)

10.45 - 12.15 hrs

Plenary presentation
New Espacenet is coming

Roland Feinäugle, EPO
Presentation (PDF, 3.9 MB)

Discussion round 5
Legal event codes and the WIPO standard on legal status data for patents: quo vadis?
Summary (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Report (PDF, 123 KB)

Discussion round 6
Patent information in the innovation process – role of the patent searcher?
Summary (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Report (PDF, 178 KB)

Discussion round 7
Are visual analytics the next breakthrough in big data?
Summary (PDF, 1.4 MB)
Report (PDF, 140 KB)

Discussion round 8
Patent evaluation tools – an exchange of views
Summary (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Report (PDF, 93 KB)

12.00 - 13.30 hrs


13.30 - 15.00 hrs

Short exhibitor presentations

15.00 hrs

Coffee break

15.30 hrs

Official opening

hosted by Nikol Stankulova

Welcome addresses by

  • Emil Karanikolov, Bulgarian Minister for the Economy
  • Raimund Lutz, Vice-President, Legal and International Affairs, EPO 
  • Petko Nikolov, President of the Bulgarian Patent Office

Keynote speeches
Advanced ICT for innovation in priority areas
Dimitar Karastoyanov, Professor, Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Bulgarian Academy of Science

Our profession in control of its own future
Dietmar Pressner, Global Vice President for Intellectual Property, Royal DSM N.V.

Presentation (PDF, 2.6 MB)

19.00 - 23:00 hrs

Conference dinner:
Central Military Club
Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd 7, Sofia

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

09.00 - 10.00 hrs

Short exhibitor presentations

10.00 - 11.00 hrs

Richard Flammer, Principal Director, EPO

EPO product news
EPO's expert team
Presentation (PDF, 1.8 MB)

11.00 - 11.30 hrs

Coffee break

11.30 - 12.30 hrs

How patent information supports innovation – a recent survey by the EPO
Heiko Wongel, EPO
Presentation (PDF, 500 KB)

Unitary patent and Unified Patent Court – what patent searchers need to know
Yolanda Sanchéz García and Hans-Christian Haugg, EPO
Presentation (PDF, 1 MB)
Presentation (PDF, 1 MB)

12.30 - 14.00 hrs


14.00 - 15.30 hrs

Linking patent data with other data sources
Ilja Rudyk and Geert Boedt, EPO
Presentation (PDF,  796 KB)

Linking patent with science data for collaboration spotting, a generic visual analytics platform developed at CERN
Jean-Marie Le Goff, CERN
Presentation (PDF,  8 MB)

Competitive analysis of IP professionals based on patent data
Lutz Maicher, Fraunhofer IMW Competitive Intelligence 
Presentation (PDF,  1.6 MB)

15.30 - 16.00 hrs

Coffee break

16.00 - 18.00 hrs

Challenges and opportunities of multimedia information retrieval 
Stefan Rüger, DynAikon Ltd and Knowledge Media Institute, Open University, UK
Presentation (PDF, 7.3 MB)

Machine translation: searching and understanding the world of patent information
Ian Wetherbee, Google

Enriching patent search by external keywords: a feasibility study
Galia Angelova, Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Presentation (PDF,  1.4 MB)

“As we may search” – the impact of technical change on the role of the human searcher
Stephen Adams, Magister Ltd
Presentation (PDF,  4.3 MB)

Thursday, 9 November 2017

09.00 - 11.15 hrs

Patent searcher and patent attorney – an inseparable team
Andreas Feichtner, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
Presentation (PDF,  4.4 MB)

Dead, alive – or in the twilight zone? How to search and interpret information on the status of Asian patents
Jürgen Mühl, EPO
Presentation (PDF, 1.4 MB)

How Chinese patent information supports innovation

Xu Zhijiang, Assistant Commissioner, SIPO
Presentation (PDF,  2 MB)

The latest developments of the CPC in China
Lu Huisheng, Patent Documentation Department, SIPO
Presentation (PDF,  727 KB)

So many references, so little time – freedom-to-operate opinions and China’s avalanche of patents
Thomas Moga, LeClairRyan Attorneys
Presentation (PDF,  136 KB)

11.15 - 11.45 hrs

Coffee break

11.45 - 13.00 hrs

Summaries of the discussion rounds by the chairmen

A personal view of the conference by the conference rapporteur
Linus Wretblad, Uppdragshuset and outgoing President of the Confederacy of European Patent Information User Groups (CEPIUG)

Announcement: EPO Patent Information Conference 2018

Closing remarks by the EPO

14.00 - 17.00 hrs

Training 7: Patent information from the ASEAN region - Patent systems, search and documentation
Training 8: The European Patent Register as a source of legal status information

Super-workshop for power users
Summary 2016 (PDF, 490 KB)
Summary 2017 (PDF, 632 KB)
Report (PDF, 154 KB)

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