Search Matters 2020

In view of the present situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the European Patent Office (EPO) is postponing this event. Organisers will contact participants on an individual basis and, where possible, inform them of the new dates. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.


Search Matters 2020 poster

Training event with a focus on disruptive technologies

13-15 October 2020

The Hague, Netherlands

Meet our examiners to gain an insight into how they tackle the complex task of searching the ever expanding prior art. 

This year's Search Matters conference aims to deliver workshops and lectures with a special focus on disruptive technologies such as 3D printing/additive manufacturing, AI and CII (computer-implemented inventions).

Further topics dealt with by the workshops on offer are: 

  • Tools such as machine translations, PATENTSCOPE as well as non-patent literature
  • Aspects of search at the opposition stage
  • Exploration of the search process itself, e.g. finding related patents, forward searching, cross-technology inventions

Additionally, during our popular “at-the-desk” sessions a limited number of pre-registered participants will have the opportunity to talk to examiners individually and gather first-hand information about their search strategies in specific technical areas. 

Who should attend

Patent search professionals from business, academia and IP firms. 

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