Sunday, 11 November 2018

14.00 - 17.00 hrs

Training 1: Search techniques and strategies using classification symbols – tips and tricks for becoming an expert

Training 2: Protection beyond the expiry of the patent after 20 years: supplementary protection certificates in Europe and patent term extensions in the United States, Japan, Korea and Chinese Taipei

Training 3: Patent analytics

Training 4: Legal event data: seeing the trees in the wood

17.00 - 19.00 hrs

Welcome drink in the exhibition area 

Monday, 12 November 2018

09.00 - 10.30 hrs

Plenary presentation
Software-related patents are everywhere: understanding the problem-solution approach for better searching
Yannis Skulikaris, EPO

Discussion round 1
How does linked open data help us unlock more value from patent information?

Discussion round 2
The future of legal event data

Discussion round 3
Searching using classifications - what stumbling blocks remain?

Discussion round 4
Artificial intelligence - how will we use patent information ten years from now?

10.45 - 12.15 hrs

Plenary presentation
The Great Wall of Chinese IP information
Christine Kämmer, EPO

Discussion round 5
Federated Register and Global Dossier - a critical look at the current service

Discussion round 6
Blockchain - will it impact IP?

Discussion round 7
Searching databases for software-related inventions - what exactly to search for

Discussion round 8
"Do we have a strong IP position?" - how to answer this and other questions from the Board

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 Ianka Fleerackers

Welcome addresses by

  • Kris Peeters, Belgian deputy prime minister and Minister for Employment, the Economy and Consumer Affairs
  • António Campinos, President of the European Patent Office
  • Séverine Waterbley, Director general, Directorate-general for Economic Regulation Federal Public Service Economy, SMEs, Self-employed and Energy

Keynote speeches
Yves Verschueren, Essenscia
A strong IP strategy, a key to competitiveness

Jean-Luc Doumont, Principiae

Bridging the gap: communicating as a technical expert 

19.00 hrs

Conference reception at the invitation of the Belgian Patent Office

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

09.00 - 10.15 hrs

Short exhibitor presentations

10.15 - 10.45 hrs

Coffee break

10.45 - 12.30 hrs

Richard Flammer, Principal Director, EPO

40, 30, 20, 10 and counting
Nigel Clarke, EPO

Introduction to new Espacenet
Interesting new features and a user's first impression

Heiko Wongel, Roland Feinäugle, Johannes Schaaf – EPO
Mustafa Çakır, RTTP, Industry Collaboration and Technology Licensing Office, Sabanci University

12.30 - 14.00 hrs


14.00 - 15.30 hrs

The world of non-patent data for intellectual property matters
Amélia Desmedt, AGC Glass Europe Technovation Centre and Frederic Baudour, Allnex

Text mining in patents and scientific literature: revealing the potential for patent analysis
Bart Van Looy, KU Leuven – ECOOM – INCENTIM

Has an international patent application entered into the European regional phase or not?
Robrecht Dumarey, IP Hills

Searching for challenged European patents: EPO opposition and appeal information

Luca Falciola, DROIA Oncology Ventures 

15.30 - 16.00 hrs

Coffee break

16.00 - 18.00 hrs

Machine-learning, artificial intelligence and big data

Artificial Intelligence - the EPO's perspective
Argyrios Bailas, EPO

Semantic search versus searching with terms and classifications – what helps best in patent information searching

Gabriele Kirch-Verfuss, Wissenswert

Black-box patent tools - hope or hype?
Andrea Davis, Bodkin IP

Working with machines: augmenting patent information professionals with artificial intelligence
Samuel Davis, Amplified AI

19.00 hrs  Conference dinner at the Musée de la Bande Dessinée 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

09.00 - 11.00 hrs

Surrounded by patents: the visible and invisible risks of doing business

Michaël A.T. Beck, IPLodge

Dialogue: Typical questions that legal status can help to answer

Sofie Leplae, EPO, and Michaël A.T. Beck, IPLodge

FTO search – well begun is half done

Bettina de Jong

Claims interpretation – tips for FTO searches
Christopher McDonald, Wilson Gunn

The INPADOC classification scheme: lifting the veil over worldwide legal event data

Christian Soltmann, EPO

11.00 - 11.30 hrs

Coffee break

11.30 - 13.00 hrs

Summaries of the discussion rounds by the chairmen

A personal view of the conference by the conference rapporteur
Monika Hanelt, Agfa

Announcement: EPO Patent Information Conference 2019

Closing remarks by the EPO

14.00 - 15.30 hrs

Training 5: Citations information in Espacenet and the Common Citation Document

Training 6: Retrieving non-patent literature from Asia

Training 7: Understanding patent families at the EPO: the simple and extended INPADOC family

Super-workshop for power users

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