Porto, Portugal, 6 and 7 May 2019
Since its creation in 1990, the PATLIB network has grown to more than 300 Patent Information Centres in Europe. This success is the result of many efforts by the PATLIB centres themselves, the national patent offices and the EPO.
On 6 and 7 May 2019, the EPO held a strategic meeting – the PATLIB Summit – to reflect on the PATLIB concept and to pave the way for the reorientation of PATLIB centres to highly skilled, modern, relevant patent and innovation service providers.
The PATLIB Summit gathered representatives of national patent offices of the EPO's member states, their PATLIB centres, and their host organisations. European and international organisations involved in IP, technology transfer and innovation was also represented.
The outcome of the event was a set of strategic recommendations to the EPO in a document called the Porto Paper. The Porto Paper is still a draft. It will be published here as soon as it has been finalised (June 2019).